Dead Socialist Watch, #231

Goodwyn Barmby, English utopian socialist, and, just possibly, the first to use the word “communism” in English writing on social organisation. A Chartist, the founder of the Communist Propaganda Society and the Universal Communitarian Association,  he also wrote for The Educational Circular and Communist Apostle, the Promethean, or Communitarian Apostle, and the Communist Chronicle. After 1848, disillusioned with communism, he became a unitarian minister, but he kept his radicalism alive through his support for women’s suffrage, parliamentary reform, and freedom for Poland, Italy and Hungary. His first wife was the utopian socialist Catherine Barmby. Born 1820, died 18 October 1881.

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