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Unidealistic views, to he sure, but thoroughly sensible ones, and it was the failure of the board to heed even the most basic of these warnings and their unwillingness to seek advice from those with the necessary experience that was, I believe, largely responsible for both the financial problems and the artistic difficulties of the first few years.
Emerson scorned the movement as unidealistic, saying in a striking passage from his Journals: "Fourier learned from Owen all the truth he had, and the rest of his system was imagination, and the imagination of a banker.