Thomas Spence

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Thomas Spence (1750-1814) is all but forgotten today, but at the time of the French Revolution he was one of the best-known thinkers and activists in the left-wing of the radical democratic movement in England.

A forgotten revolutionary: Thomas Spence on saving the commons

In Red Round Globe Hot Burning, Peter Linebaugh describes him as “the most consistent among the common communists of the 1790s.” His influence continued after his death: in 1817, Parliament banned political clubs that supported his views, making Spenceanism the only political ideology ever banned by name in England.

A forgotten revolutionary: Thomas Spence on saving the commons

1. Elsewhere

1.1. In my garden

1.2. In the Agora

1.3. Mentions

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