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What Webster doesn't tell us: did Charles envisage the use of Fourier transforms in this transition?

I can see it now: a social analysis based on the frequency of recurrent events.

A communistic system named after its creator, Francois Marie Charles Fourier (1772-1837). According to his theory, the whole population of the world was to be grouped together into 'phalansteries', each consisting of 400 families or 1800 individuals. They were meant to live in a common edifice equipped with libraries, workshops, studios and other sources of education or amusement.

Each group was to have its own administrative body, but at the same time they would have been united under a single unitarian government like the different cantons of Switzerland or the United States.

According to Fourier, only one common language was to be used. Moreover, all profits should go to the common treasury (presumably maintained by the phalanstery), talent and innovation were to be rewarded, and no one should remain indigent, or be without the benefits of certain luxuries offered by the phalanstery.

Fou"ri*er*ism (?), n.

The cooperative socialistic system of Charles Fourier, a Frenchman, who recommended the reorganization of society into small communities, living in common.


© Webster 1913.

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