critique. The 18th Century was an incredible period of intellectual ferment everywhere, France, Germany, England, the soon to be United States. Idealists often lean that way intellectually, until they start considering what the impact would be both on themselves and society in general. Communal ideas run through English History; The Peasant's Revolt 1381, the results of the English Civil War " the Fifth Monarchy Men, who believed in the establishment of a heavenly theocracy on earth to be led by a returning Jesus as king of kings and lord of lords; the Agitators for political egalitarian reform of government, who were branded "Levellers" by their foes and who were led by Freeborn John Lilburne; and the Christian communists, who called themselves the True Levellers for their beliefs but who were branded "Diggers" because of their actions. The latter were led by Gerrard Winstanley. Whereas Lilburne sought to level the laws and maintain the right to the ownership of real property, Winstanley sought to level the ownership of real property itself, which is why Winstanley's followers called themselves "True Levellers". Wikipedia entry for Gerard Winstanley who attempted to begin a communal living situation in 1649.
Similarly Voltaire and Rousseau and Swiss thinkers leant that way, and it all continued on past 1848 and Karl Marx.
It doesn't work. But absolute hands-off capitalism doesn't work either. It means that wealth concentrates, and poverty concentrates as well. Some species of balance has to be achieved, that's why the post FDR economy was so egalitarian, and good for everybody. That's why so many people during that period were able to get University educations, buy houses and cars.
I am not a fan of Gerard Winstanley, despite knowing a woman of that name, except as a kind of amazement at the intellectual exercise that it was at the time. As an intellectual exercise it is interesting, but it's the complete opposite of practical.