Gillette, King Camp

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(1855-1932) US salesman and industrialist who partially invented and wholly made practicable the disposal safety razor, founding the company that now bears his name in 1901; his works as an author, sometimes as by King C Gillette, were universally focused on Utopian solutions to the dilemmas he saw infecting the rapidly expanding capitalist world, beginning with The Human Drift (1894), which advocates a socialist, pollution-free, non-competition-based America, whose 60,000,000 inhabitants are all housed in 36,000 apartment buildings evenly spaced throughout the one central City of Metropolis – which is located near Niagara Falls, not New York – with the rest of the continent empty except for farms. "World Corporation" (1910) and The People's Corporation (1924) with Upton Sinclair continue in semi-fictionalized form to argue for an umbrella corporation of worldwide scope, one of whose primary functions would be to protect ordinary citizens from the depredations of unregulated capitalism. [JC]

King Camp Gillette

born Fond du Lac, Wisconsin: 6 January 1855

died Los Angeles, California: 9 July 1932

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