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Issue 12 – Assumption 2022

Arts and Letters

Complete Social Despotism

On American radicals.


American Radicals: How Nineteenth Century Protest Shaped the Nation
Holly Jackson 
Crown, pp. 400, $28.00

Near the beginning of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan, the film’s young protagonist Tom Townsend announces that he’s “a committed socialist, but not a Marxist.” Rather, as Tom goes on to say, his radicalism is inspired by one of Marx’s predecessors—the French theorist Charles Fourier. Shocked by this news, Tom’s acquaintance Charlie tries to talk sense into him.

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