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The Europe Envisioned As a utopian socialist living during the nineteenth century Henri de Saint-Simon saw many challenges facing Europeans One of the biggest challenges in his view was to rid Europe of social leaders that earned their position through political connections and not ability Saint-Simon saw the need for the creation of new universal institutions since a lack of institutions leads to the destruction of all society and outworn institutions prolong the ignorance and prejudice of the times that produced them It was his belief that Europeans were not adequately represented and that every million persons in Europe who know how to read and write should have a representative in the House of Commons Saint-Simon hoped for a Europe in which the social common interests of the people were addressed before national concerns The philosopher believed that it was the duty of Europeans to advance solve these problems and evolve social order until it corresponded with the current level of enlightenment in Europe French society was an example of organization that Saint-Simon believed required reform He saw the social leaders of France including the royalty head clergy military leaders and important politicians as being especially useless Compared to the advances in English society France politicians could definitely be considered ill placed It was his thesis that society would only prosper if people of the sciences fine arts and professions replaced the current ill placed leaders of society who were currently holding back the development of Enlightenment ideas stalling the evolution of society Saint-Simon would view Thoreaus classical liberalism as a necessary stage in the evolution of society He believed in eventually living in a society were the highest political importance is placed on the working man yet understood that before the state could become involved with social concerns classical liberalism was a necessary prelude to a better social order Saint-Simon followed Marxist theories believing that society had to evolve and one stage of that
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