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Victorian Agitator

George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906): Co-operation as 'This New Order of Li
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Volume 1. Victorian Agitator, George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906): Co-operation as 'This New Order of Life.'Holyoake was a classic example of Gramsci's working-class 'organic intellectual'. An Owenite 'social missionary', he became a Radical Liberal, Secularist and Co-operator, responsible for the legend of 'the Rochdale Pioneers'. A journalist, thinker, multiple 'joiner' and promoter of freedom in many settings, Holyoake was also a highly-readable stylist. An influential 19th century public figure, his life and work have recently been neglected among co-operators as by well historians. The case for reviving work on his ideas is powerful.
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