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On the face of it, the book The Human Drift, published in 1894, was an anticapitalist tract. It condemned competition as the source of all evil, and it recommended the creation of a super-company that would control all industries and be owned by all the people. Toward that end, the author and his supporters raised $30,000 and founded The Twentieth Century Co. But King C. Gillette soon cut that venture short and put aside ideology to pursue a sharper idea -- the development of a safety razor with disposable blades.

Last updated: Dec 1, 1985




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