An Appendage to British Fabians


An Appendage to British Fabians

American Fabians imitated most of the organizational forms of the British Fabian body. The New School for Social Research in New York City was the equivalent of the London School of Economics. <36>

An appendage to British Fabians

On the political front there are the Americans for Democratic Action, the New York State Liberal Party, and other political fronts throughout the country which copy the British Labour Party techniques.

The Americans for Democratic Action corresponds with the Union for Democratic Action which was a British Fabian socialist outgrowth in England. David C. Williams, the editor of the ADA World, the official organ of the Americans for Democratic Action, was also organizer of the leftist Union for Democratic Action in London. Of the 18 members of the National Executive Committee of the ADA in 1961 the overwhelming majority had connections with the League for Industrial Democracy or the Tamiment Institute and Library. The ADA has been a thinly camouflaged reflection of the L.I.D., Fabian master organization in America. <37>

A work issued by a Fabian publishing outlet states: “The League for Industrial Democracy, founded in 1905 on Fabian lines in New York by H. Laidler, has always kept closely in touch with British Fabians: the Fabian Society’s Annual Report from 1925 to 1930 listed it under Provincial Societies.” <38>

It is interesting to note that the British Fabian socialists consider the American Fabian socialists only a “provincial” section of the overall British Fabian socialist movement.

The L.I.D. coordinated its tactics and activity with the British Fabian socialists. Actually English Fabianism had strong American


36… Sister M. Margaret Patricia McCarren (unpublished manuscript on Fabian Socialism in the United States)
The New School, founded by Charles Beard, John Dewey. Thorstein Veblen, and Alvin Johnson in 1919, was hailed by the Fabians in the New Statesman as the counterpart of the London School of Economics.” p. LX, LXI.
37… Reference: Folder issued by We The People exposing the ADA, Oct. 1961, p. l. Also, Sister M. Margaret Patricia McCarren ibid., p. 90.
38… This Little Band of Prophets: The British Fabians, Anne Freemantle, Mentor
Books, published by The New American Library, 1960, p. 233. British edition, George
Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 11 Dartmouth St. S.W. 1, London, England.

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socialist overtones. Thomas Davidson, who inspired the first meetings in 1883, although of Scottish birth, was an American citizen and the chief driving force behind Fabian thinking was Henry George, the American single tax advocate. <39>

In 1895, an American Fabian Society was formed with a magazine called the American Fabian as its official organ. The British Fabian tracts were also widely advertised and distributed to Americans through the American Fabian Society. The publications of the American Fabians were likewise offered under the label of “Social Science Library”. <40>

British Fabian leader Margaret Cole writes: “The most notable of the originals was the American Fabian Society, which began in Boston under the auspices of one Rev. W.D.P. Bliss of Boston, who was assisted by J. W. Martin, a member of the London Executive, who emigrated; for several years it ran a journal, The American Fabian, in Boston and New York, and fathered Societies in Philadelphia and San Francisco; later there are recorded Societies in Chicago and at Yale; . . . “. <41> The significant fact that a member of the The London Executive Committee of the British Fabian Society had set up branches in the United States (circa 1895-1901) has been glossed over in socialist literature. This is because the issues of the American Fabian were quite frank about the Fabian intentions and gave away a large part of the Fabian tricks. <42>


39…. Anna George deMille, Henry George, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel
Hill, N. c., 1950 “… it was George who gave the impetus to the British Socialist movement which grew out of the Fabian Society. Sidney Webb pointed out: ‘Little as Henry George intended it, there can be no doubt that it was the enormous circulation of his Progress and Poverty which gave the touch that caused all seething influence to crystallize into a popular Socialist movement’.” p.2.
40… See issues of American Fabian from 1895 to 1900.
41… p. 347, Margaret Cole, The Story 0/ Fabian Socialism.
42… The American Fabian, Jan., 1898, p. 12:
“Next to thinking of it and hoping for it themselves, Fabian Socialists should do all they can to rouse others to do the same. Every Fabian Socialist should have a small but well selected library of the best books on this subject, and these he should lend to all such of his friends and acquaintances who show the slightest signs of being amenable to progress.”
“Lend Blatchford’s ‘MERRIE ENGLAND’ to men, and ask them what they think of it. Lend ‘LOOKING BACKWARD’ to women, and talk it over with them. Get everybody to read Henry D. Lloyd’s ‘WEALTH AGAINST COMMONWEALTH,’
and ask them what they think of trusts in general. Get every person you know, without regard to age, sex, or previous condition of servitude, to read Ruskin’s ‘CROWN OF WILD OLIVES.’
Footnote continued on following page.

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The League for Industrial Democracy as the inheritor of the early Fabian group in America is further tied to the British body by Margaret Cole who states: “… Fabian influence there (in the United States -ed.), such as it is, has been exercised by contact with Dr. Harry Laidler’s League for Industrial Democracy in New York, and in Canada through the various groups of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.” <43>

It is interesting to note that the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation of Canada is given credit for being a Fabian type socialist organization. The strike of 900 doctors in Saskatchewan, Canada, beginning July, 1962, against a “Government Compulsory Medical Care Insurance Act” was a protest against the Provincial Government headed by the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. <44>

Curiously, a vice president of the League for Industrial Democracy, the headquarters of which is in New York, is HM. J. Coldwell, M.P., leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation Group in Canadian Parliament…” <45>


42… (cont.)
Tell romantic people to read William Morris’ ‘NEWS FROM NOWHERE.’
Tell practical people to read the ‘FABIAN TRACTS.’
Beg religious people to read KINGSLEY and MAURICE and Professor
HERRON and the Rev. STEWART HEADLAM in connection with their
New Testament.
If you find one who shows earnestness and perseverance, urge him to read the
Advise scientific people to read
(‘Capital’, Humboldt Publishing Co., New York.)
and tell those who look higher yet that they will find a philosophic basis for Socialism in the works of the great HEGEL,
(‘The Philosophy of History,’
Bohn’s Philosophical Library.)
and the hardly less notable German idealist, FICHTE,
(‘The Science of Rights’
Trubner & Co., London)
There is literature of the new order adapted to all sorts and conditions of men. Choose with tact. Lend freely, with courtesy and persistence. This should be a point of honor with every Fabian Socialist.”
(The rather frank disclosure by American Fabians of the tactics taught them by the British Fabian mother body are reflected in items like the above in the American Fabian. It is interesting to note that the Fabians have a propaganda package fOl every element in society. Notice especially a separate appeal made to Christians using a religious
approach, and the separate athiestic appeal via Karl Marx. Here we find a frank exposition of separate appeals to women, romantic people, practical people, religious people, earnest people, scientific people and those of a philosophic bent. The pages of the American Fabian are full of such disclosures. It is no wonder that this publication has been pushed into the limbo of lost works by socialist chroniclers.-ed.).
43… Margaret Cole, The Story 0/ Fabian Socialism, p. 347. 44 Good Housekeeping Magazine, Nov., 1962, article: What Happens When Doctors Strike, pp. 85·88. 45 World Cooperation and Social Progress, League for Industrial Democracy, 112 E. 19th Street, New York 3, N. Y., p. 20.

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The octopus of Fabian socialism stretches from England to the United States, with tentacles in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other parts of the British Empire. The methods are devious, underhanded and fraught with deception, but they work. Fabian socialist propaganda is filled with charges of cheating, dishonesty, and conspiracy on the part of what they brand as “the capitalistic system”. In fact, it is their own methods of deception and patent dishonesty that are regularly planned and carried out, and deliberately concealed. This is the same method used by both Hitler and the Soviets to accuse their intended victims of the crimes which they were plotting to perpetrate on them. The Fabians’ political policy operates on a permanent basis of fraud to soften up and subvert our society so that it will eventually fall like ripe fruit into the hands of this self-appointed socialistic elite.

Permanent deception-a success

Even before the tum of the century, and continuing to the present day this basic strategy of concealment and deception has been quite frankly disclosed by both English and American Fabians in their intramural communications.

An entirely different approach became the guiding standard of driving all of society into a socialist direction. One of the chief Fabians described their phenomenal success when he stated:

“The Fabian Society succeeded because it addressed itself to its own class in order that it might set about doing the necessary brain work of planning Socialist organization for all classes, meanwhile accepting, instead of trying to supersede, the existing political organizations which it intended to permeate with the Socialist conception of human society.”<46>

Whereas, some other socialistic movements embraced a more frank public program which advocated bludgeoning society into accepting socialism, the Fabians adopted the covert policy of easing society into socialist forms by trick and deception. Their policy was, and is, never to run a candidate publicly as a Fabian Socialist.

Fabians pursued a policy of “permeation” into established organizations. They called this the “permeation of the Radical Left” <47>


46…. Bernard Shaw, The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Brentano’s, N. Y., 1928, p. 186.

47… Fabian Essays in Socialism. Walter Scott, London, 1889, p. 215.

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