By James J. Martin
An acclaimed survey of 19th-century American anarchist and individualist thinkers, together with Josiah Warren, Ezra Heywood, Lysander Spooner and Benjamin R. Tucker. This vintage examine by way of a good libertarian-revisionist historian is efficacious for an figuring out of the highbrow pioneers of yankee libertarianism. contains the foreword by way of Harry Elmer Barnes to the unique (1953) variation.
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It was to the interest of the customer to take up as little of the storekeeper's time as possible, since time was one of the clements in the price settlement. Thus wrangling and hig gling over prices, which Warren considered a particularly degrading feature of ordinary commerce, was eliminated in time store operations, a matter of considerable significance at a time when such functions were an almost fundamental part of merchandising. Transactions were expedited by the open display of goods and prominence of list prices, another unprecedented feature:'4 It is interesting to note that before the store was terminated, War ren succeeded in reducing the commerce in such staples as flour, meal, beans, beef, pork and shoes to a modified labor exchange level.
This may possibly be true, but Warren never mentioned being in Kendal at any time before the spring of 1 8 30. The colony visited by Frederick William Evans in this area in mid- 1 8 3 0 could not have been Kendal, nor Spring Hill, in view o f the few adults a t the latter place. The account of the dissolution of Kendal given by John Humphrey Noyes also seems inaccurate. Samuel Underhill, William Macy, Bayliss and Dunn all severed their relationships with the Kendal Community October 5, 1 828. Matthew Macy, the former Clerk of the Community, was an agent for the Free Enquirer at Kendal six years after the dissolu tion.
Commons and Associates, A Documelltary History of industrial Society, V, 79. Practical Details, 75. I t should be remembered that Warren's continual use of the term "equitable commerce" occurred with the understanding that the word "commerce" was being used in its overall sense as the sum total of human activities and not merely economic considerations alone. There is no doubt that Warren be lieved that major reforms in the economic sphere were the most important, nevertheless. , 1 846 ) , hereafter cited as Equitable Commerce.
Men Against the State: The Expositors of Individualist Anarchism, 1827-1908 by James J. Martin