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ANDREWS, Stephen Pearl (March 22, 1812 - May 21, 1886). Mentor for a global utopia
Article published on 10 May 2004
last modification on 29 October 2005

by r-c.
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Did you ever hear about "Time Dollar Communities", "Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ)", "alter-globalization"? Andrews, one of the founders of American sociology, was an inspiration for some of our contemporaries who elaborated on those ideas, which he put into practice in his "Unitary Home", in New York City, probably one of the very first urban "communes".

His book, The Science of Society was read by some of the greatest nineteenth century social reformers: Albert Brisbane, Victor Considerant, Etienne Cabet, Auguste Comte, and even Karl Marx. His experience in the community of "Modern Times", in Long Island, N.Y., attracted the attention of the Russian revolutionists.

An original and active abolitionist, he advocated "Free Love", defended equality for women and homosexuality; he also foresaw the trends towards "globalization".

For the latter reason, he invented a model philosophical langage, Alwato, to prevent any country from imposing its own language to others, and a philosophy which incorporated ideas from Fourier and Proudhon and sought a new form of world harmony, which he called "Pantarchy", to reconcile the individual and the collective.

As usual, such actions and bright ideas resulted in his being misrepresented in his own times and forgotten today by the mainstream. His extraordinary life could inspire artists, film makers and, above all, the common people who fight for a better world.


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