I stumbled across a few LDS socialist stories when I was writing my MA thesis. Imagine my surprise when I read paragraphs like this from an 1893 short story:
â€œ â€˜But,â€™ interrupted the pale man at his side, â€˜capital, at length, ignoring the lessons taught by the experience of other communities, and working through the same old selfish principles and methods of monopoly, placed its hand upon the materials of production, at each new accession of power, riveting new restrictions upon the rights of labor, and the result wasâ€”â€˜â€
â€œAny one coming to Salt Lake at the present time, and moving only in the central and eastern part of the city, would possibly gain no hint of the existence of an element of poverty and discontent. Our Capitol Hill and principal avenues are crowded with palaces, and the distant street and suburbs with respectable mansions and cottages; but afar at the base of the Oquirrhs, and in the canyons above them has grown up a town of tenements and hovels, apart and almost distinct from the city in the eastern part of the valley.â€
â€œWhat Chinatown was once to San Francisco, and the Italian quarter to New Orleans, so our â€˜Labortown,â€™ as we choose to style it, is to the city of Salt Lake. The only difference is that in this case the entire population is organized into a society pledged to wage incessant and deadly warfare against capital and its class.â€
There are a small handful of stories along similar lines. I know the socialist party wasnâ€™t in Utah pre-1900. Do any of you historians know how/where/why the author (young, single, LDS female) would come to these ideas? University of Deseret?
Also what is/was the philosophical connection between the United Order and socialism? When I read the above, Iâ€™m seeing socialist ideals. Is there any way that such phrasing was United Order ideals, instead?