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Free Love: Or, A Philosophical Demonstration Of The Non-Exclusive Nature Of Connubial Love | by Austin Kent



We have meant to make the title of our book so plain that no thoroughly conservative mind could mistake - and so waste his money in purchasing it. We have given much of the last twenty years of our life and time to the world, "without money and without price;" and if we should find it necessary, or for any reason think it best to let our little work partly bear the expense of its own publication, we wish no one to be deceived in getting it. We have no thought of any material remuneration for our own labors. Reader, this is very radical; - and we confess to a choice not to be the first to wake any who, with all the influences of the nineteenth century about them, are yet soundly asleep upon the lap of the past. We do not wish such to be too suddenly brought into travailing pains for their own spiritual and mental birth to the future - even though we know these must sooner or later come. Some milder and more gradual dose might be better as a first stimulant. We took our pen mainly for the benefit of reformers, and for those whom nature has given some ability to be such. These are more than welcome - we invite them to read us critically.

TitleFree Love: Or, A Philosophical Demonstration Of The Non-Exclusive Nature Of Connubial Love
AuthorAustin Kent
PublisherAustin Kent
Year1857
Copyright1857, Austin Kent
AmazonA Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures

Also, A Review Of The Exclusive Feature Of The Fowlers, Adin Ballou, H. C. Wright, And Andrew Jackson Davis On Marriage.

-Preface
We have meant to make the title of our book so plain that no thoroughly conservative mind could mistake - and so waste his money in purchasing it. We have given much of the last twenty years of our li...
-Chapter I. Introduction
As much as our age professes to be in favor of free discussion, we find a large class, even among partial reformers, who can hardly look at and read dispassionately, - or have any patience with an arg...
-Chapter II. Definition Of Words And Phrases - Statement Of Our Position - The Argument Commenced
Before introducing the reader to our argumentative letters, we shall first define some of the more important terms which we shall be likely to use, and so make our exact moral whereabouts more clearly...
-Definition Of Words And Phrases - Statement Of Our Position - The Argument Commenced. Continued
The question which I propose to discuss is - Does Sexual Chastity confine every man and every woman to the pairing order, or to be exclusively dual in the ultimates of love? Does normal and pure lov...
-Chapter III. The Argument Continued
Friend Ballou : I proceed in my reasoning from the nature of the mind. I may and am required to love a man as myself, with the same kind of love. I may love another man more or less than myself, ...
-Chapter IV. The Fowlers - The Argument From Analogy
Should the Marriage of the sexes be exclusive and dual? So far as I know, the Fowlers, of New York, have done more, for the last fifteen years, to support exclusive and dual marriage, than any or a...
-Chapter V. Mr. Ballou - An Explanation - Part Of His Reply In My Rejoinder
In my discussion with Mr. Ballou, 1 was to write a series of letters in defense of Free Love. Mr. Ballon was to reply, - I to rejoin, - and he was to follow and close. I wrote five letters, (the last ...
-Mr. Ballou - An Explanation - Part Of His Reply In My Rejoinder. Part 2
But coitronary desire, when it breaks bounds, is criminal and pestilent, which is not the case with the spiritual loves. So argues our friend, and seems virtually to challange a reply. It shall be...
-Mr. Ballou - An Explanation - Part Of His Reply In My Rejoinder. Part 3
Again. - Other loves [than benevolence] are more or less limited and exclusive - he names Alimentiveness, Acquisitiveness, etc., etc. I deny the truth of this, in the sense in which I have argued ...
-Mr. Ballou - An Explanation - Part Of His Reply In My Rejoinder. Part 4
Because all of the higher and spiritual faculties are more or less non-exclusive, and in that sense universal in their nature, it does not follow as a practical fact that they should ultimate themselv...
-Chapter VI. Mr. Ballou Continued. - His Book
Mr. Ballou asks, in our discussion, what need there is of Free Love, - and what good will come of it? Even admitting my mind argument, of the non-exclusive nature of the connubial attraction, he v...
-Mr. Ballou Continued. - His Book. Part 2
But to his book. We did not allude to Mr. Ballou, when speaking in our preface of reform writers on marriage. We considered him, on this subject, and many others, more nearly allied to the past. In mo...
-Mr. Ballou Continued. - His Book. Part 3
Again - 4, Sexual promiscuity must degrade and oppress woman. Reader, in the book, there is nearly two pages, following the above proposition, of his sort of argument. Having settled it in his own m...
-Chapter VII. Mr. Henry C. Wright - A Review - "What Is Marriage?"
I shall quote very little of Mr. Wright's reply to the above question. It is not necessary. I repeat, my book is not designed to be a substitute for any which has preceded it. I take it for granted th...
-Mr. Henry C. Wright - A Review - "What Is Marriage?". Part 2
More from Mr. Wright---------A masculine soul and a feminine soul in marriage, are absorbed each into the other. The essence of each enters into the other; permeates, fills and thrills it, leaving to...
-Mr. Henry C. Wright - A Review - "What Is Marriage?". Part 3
But can woman be the wife of more than one man? and can the relation of husband be truly sustained to more than one woman, at the same time? To this my heart and my head give a negative answer. Reaso...
-Mr. Henry C. Wright - A Review - "What Is Marriage?". Part 4
When I adopt Mr. Wright's views, I tell the reader, I will carry them out consistently. I will never wink at adulteries with a second mate, after the departure of the true and eternal mate. I think...
-Mr. Henry C. Wright - A Review - "What Is Marriage?". Part 5
Before proceeding to further quotations, the reader will bear with a further illustration of our last. A man enters an orchard of delicious fruit. Some particular tree attracts his attention above ...
-Chapter VIII. Review Of Mr. Wright Continued
We return to Mr. Wright's book. The ideal of love and marriage, in every young heart, is with one, never with more than one. Social discord and wrong may introduce other notions, but I understand a d...
-Review Of Mr. Wright Continued. Continued
Reader, I almost owe an apology for the above extract. I thought it expedient. I have extolled Mr. Wright's book as a whole. In a few words, I will do justice to this phase of it. On coming to a close...
-Chapter IX. Andrew Jackson Davis - General Remarks - Quotations From His Book
A. J. Davis, as a Clairvoyant Medium, is the miracle of the age. We think him, in some sense, justly entitled to the appellation of head, as a teacher of the Harmonial Philosophy. We say, as a teach...
-Andrew Jackson Davis - General Remarks - Quotations From His Book. Part 2
The reader will find our first extract on page 297 of Mr. Davis' book. We think this the most appropriate, and the nearest related to our subject and argument of anything in the book. I have shown...
-Andrew Jackson Davis - General Remarks - Quotations From His Book. Part 3
At first, our opponents, like Mr. Ballou, contended that always and everywhere, every act of variety was, per se, more or less adulterous. Long since many of these have arrived nearly to Mr. D.'s po...
-Andrew Jackson Davis - General Remarks - Quotations From His Book. Part 4
Mr. Davis asks: Does not every well developed person obey the law of harmony? What is harmony but the unity of variety - that is the centralization of diversity? I only reply, a variety in harmony, ...
-Appendix
While we have been writing our book, New York city has been all astir with a volcano of Free Love. No not that: It was a volcano of exclusive marriage, touched off by a free love match. (See city pape...
-Eternal Justice
BY CHARLES MACKAY. The man is thought a knave or fool, Or bigot, plotting crime, Who for advancement of his kind Is wiser than his time. For him the hemlock shall distill; For him the axe ...









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