A supporter of the ideas of Utopian socialist Robert Owen would be most prepared toA supporter of the ideas of Utopian socialist Robert Owen would be most prepared to A. Eliminate capitalism...

A supporter of the ideas of Utopian socialist Robert Owen would be most prepared to

A supporter of the ideas of Utopian socialist Robert Owen would be most prepared to

A. Eliminate capitalism entirely

B. Reform the abuses of capitalism

C. Increase the spread of capitalism

D. Preserve most aspects of capitalism

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For this question, you really ought to look at what your particular textbook and/or teacher says about Owen's ideas.  Owen had a number of different ideas over the course of his life and different texts might emphasize different aspects of his thought.

The wording of the possible answers implies that A is the right answer.  A is the only one that makes the other answers impossible.  A person could, for example, want both B and D.  Such a person might well want capitalism to spread as well.  A is plausible as a correct answer because Owen's New Harmony community was a place that was based on socialist ideas and not on capitalism.  Therefore, this is probably the best answer.

However, you should be aware that Owen himself was a factory owner for much of his life.  During that time, he tried to reform the abuses of capitalism, doing things like proposing laws that the British Parliament might enact.  During this time of his life, B might be a better answer.

Based on the choices given, A is probably right, but you really should check in your text and/or notes.

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