The Fabian Society

The Fabian Society - Who are they and are they evil?

The Fabian Society are a socialist society that was founded in 1883–84 in London. The purpose of this was to establish a state in Britain that was both socialist and democratic. The name of this socialist society was derived from Fabius Maximus Cunctator. Fabius Maximus used elusive tactics in the avoidance of pitched battles, leading to his victory over stronger and unsuspecting forces. Fabians believed in a type of evolutionary socialism instead of revolution. To educate the public, they used public meetings, lectures, publishing and research. Some of the most important early members of the Fabian Society included Sidney and Beatrice Webb and the famous George Bernard Shaw. These individuals were responsible for organizing a separate political party that became known as the Labor Party in 1906, and many members of the Labor Party in Parliament have been Fabians.

From the very first Fabian tract, known as Why are the Many Poor?, and also the original Fabian Essays which were published in 1889 at the time of the Match Girls’ Strike, the Fabian Society has been characterized by an exceedingly passionate commitment to extend and see social justice. They also believe and are committed to the progressive improvement of society. This Society have always entertained a variety of diverse opinions. They maintain that they are motivated by the desire to encourage debate amongst individuals, rather than to advance a single or specific political view. Their publications include information that represents only the perspectives of their authors.

The Fabian Society have remained associated with the Labor party which was established in 1900 when they joined with the trade unions of that time. The political views of the Labor party were heavily influenced by Fabians, from it’s beginnings. The original Clause IV of the Constitution, the 1918 Constitution itself and the program Labor, including the New Social order were substantially written by Sidney Webb. Beveridge, Lloyd George and the Webbs are known as the original founders of the modern welfare state. It was in 1911 that brochures from the then Fabian Society first proposed that a National Heath system be created. In 1906 they proposed the introduction of a minimum wage for all, and in 1917 the abolition of hereditary peers.

It was In the pre-war period that Fabian authors like Leonard Woolf, GDH Cole and RH Tawney established an intellectual basis that would serve for democratic socialism. Clement Attlee, Herbert Morrison and Hugh Gaitskell were some of the leading members of the Fabian society at this time. It was said that the parliamentary Labor party resembled a Fabian school of enormous proportion, when the Labor party won its landslide victory in 1945. So many Fabians had been elected, more than 220 members. It was the post-war period that the Fabian Society became the heart of the Labor and social democratic way of thinking. It was the New Fabian Essays of 1952, that had been edited by Anthony Crosland, which helped to stir and reinvigorate debate among the left, after the collapse of the then Attlee government. The contributors to these New Fabian Essays included such individuals as Roy Jenkins, Richard Crossman, Denis Healey and Ian Mikardo.
Some of the influential Fabian authors included Richard Titmuss, Brian Abel-Smith, Tony Benn, Ben Pimlott and Peter Townsend in the past decades. The last four, along with several others, such as Crosland, Jenkins, Shirley Williams, Harold Wilson, Tessa Blackstone and Robin Cook, were also Chairs of the Fabian Society at different times.

The Fabian Society was reported to be a major influence in the 1990s, in the modernization of the new Labor party. The Fabian party’s report regarding the constitution was instrumental in introducing “one member one vote” and also included the original recommendation which was for the replacement of Clause IV. It was a series of pamphlets which elaborated on the attitudes of swing voters living in the Southern part of England, known as the Southern Discomfort series, that paved the way for the next set of changes to both the electoral strategy and policy.

Since the 1997 general election took place, there have been about 200 Fabian mps elected in the Commons. These Fabian society members number almost the entire parliamentary cabinet. These include Tony Blair, Robin Cook, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw, Clare Short and David Blunkett. The Fabian society has continued to pursue what it has identified as its role. This is to be what it terms as the ‘critical friend’ of the new Labor government, constantly seeking and asking the challenging questions that are able to stimulate initiate more public debate.

The Society’s two-year Commission on Citizenship and Taxation criticized the Labor party’s reluctance to even discus the subject of taxation and then proposed, among several other reforms, a tax that was earmarked for the NHS. Their reports regarding environmental policy, capital grants to the younger generation and parental leave is believed to have directly influenced government policy in a number of key areas. The Fabian society has published both Tony Blair’s seminal pamphlet on what is known as the Third Way and Lionel Jospin’s philosophy of the active state.

In the meantime the ever increasing membership of the society and ever larger numbers that are attending its public conferences have proved that – no matter what the wider trends are to political apathy or disaffection – the individuals appetite for sharing radical thought and searching debate on the left side of the center is still undiminished. At the beginning of the 21st century the Fabian society still plays a crucial role in the political landscape and life of its country as ever before.

It is commonly believed that the Fabian Society aims to totally control modern society. The Fabians’ drive for this total control is not however, restricted to only the working classes. The declared goal of the society was to capture and control every British citizens, apparently for their own good and its profit. It has aggressively set out to fulfill this purpose and in addition to politics, control culture,education, economy, the legal system, religion and medicine. This has been accomplished through various range of interconnected organizations, movements and societies. The Fabian society is connected to individuals of great power in all walks of life and with access to unlimited funds. Exposing some of the fundamental beliefs of their core members and the movement has led many to believe they are pure evil.