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48 When Considérant asked why the vast majority lived thus, clustered around a few grand cathedrals, palaces and other large houses, the answer he found lay in the lack of work and the absence of organization. Commercial competition forced people to work in dreadful conditions and live in hovels thrown up by speculators. The incidence of the new plague of cholera epidemics in 1832 and 1848 added to fears that society was collapsing. Poverty, women and children working for wages, the increased incidence of prostitution and illegitimacy and rising levels of crime, were often depicted as features of moral decline 24 THE SOCIAL QUESTION and the collapse of the family, especially by popular novelists like Eugène Sue and Victor Hugo.
Knowledge of the ideas of Babeuf, Buonarroti and Blanqui as well as the locally popular Leroux , contributed to the belief that violence was justified to defend one’s interests. Although provincial unrest alarmed governments, and may have contributed to revolution, it was not of itself revolution. The events of December 1851 were the most notable protest and they were not coordinated and offered little resistance to government troops. The sort of revolution that changed regimes was urban, and essentially Parisian.
He may have been intransigent and abrasive, direct in his violent invective against the established order and committed to revolution, but he does not seem to have been more isolated than his frequent prison sentences dictated. The ideological gap between him and other socialists did not lead him into hostile debate and his letters show him able to cooperate with Fourierists like Charles Dain and also with Cabet. 40 Blanqui’s republicanism must have been learned from his father,41 but his revolutionary socialism came from elsewhere.
Local Contexts of Islamism in Popular Media (Amsterdam University Press - ISIM Papers series) by Lila Abu-Lughod