Pre-Marx socialists

Pre-Marx socialists

While Marxism is generally considered to be the brainchild of Karl Marx, on careful perusal of the socialist literature, at least the following can be credited with socialist principles very similar to Marxism much before Marx.

  1. Gerrard Winstanley, who founded the Diggers movement in the United Kingdom
  2. Charles Fourier, French philosopher who propounded principles very similar to Karl Marx
  3. Louis Blanqui, French socialist and writer
  4. Marcus Thrane, Norwegian socialist [1]
  5. Thomas Hodgskin, English Ricardian socialist and free-market anarchist


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