Both Robert Owen and Comte de St. Simon talk about the natural ways of man. Owen especially talks about the natural errs of man and that a bloodless revolution is possible if society rejects the “system” and adopts better principles. He rejects the industrial man and states that this is the last thing he wants people to subject themselves to as it will make a slave of them. Marx takes more of a stance against politics and the economy saying the only things it “sets in motion are greed, and the competition against greed.” He compares the workers to commodities and the more they produce, the poorer they get. Marx states that the worker must reconnect with nature and that nothing can be created without a good relationship between the worker and nature.
This strong natural theme is represented in many of our other readings. Man going back to nature or their natural state is a common theme and industry takes man father away from nature. The first word in the excerpt of Hobbes’s Leviathan is nature and the natural equality between men. In contrast Turgot talks more about the division of land and social classes and their obligations in the changing age of the Enlightenment and the up- in -coming industrial revolution.