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20 hnmediately after the war RrGNANO publicized his ideas in articles in leading international economic journals such as the Economic Journal (1919) and the Revue d'Economie Politique (192Ia); moreover he assembled some of his articles in Italian journals, with replies to his critics, in the book Per una Riforma Socialista del Diritto Successorio (1920). A selection of this book was translated in French by Georges Bourgin and published as Pour une Reforme Socialiste du Droit Successoral (1923).
248) It deserves to be noticed that the Saint-Simonians were well aware of the fact that they were attacking deeply rooted principles. They realized that many seemed to consider inheritance as something sacred, as one of the last remaining principles of order in society; any proposal to abolish inheritance would therefore be likely to meet with much resistance. 9 There was indeed resistance to their proposal, also from those who were highly critical of the existing economic system. Charles Fourier, for instance, was full of contempt for the Saint-Simonian proposition to abolish inheritance; in a letter of 28 January 1831 he declared: "I'ai assiste au prone des Simoniens dimanche passe.
Nevertheless, we will see that the question of inheritance was a very important one for the SaintSimonians. After the death of Saint-Simon (1760-1825) his followers tried to keep his memory alive and sought ways to spread the Saint-Simonian 'faith'. One of their activities was the organization of a series of lectures in which the leaders of the movement explained, in a more or less systematic way, the basic elements of the doctrine of Saint-Simon. e. before the movement split apart and began to degenerate into a kind of religious sect?