Fabian Socialism

  • Deborah Epstein Nord


Beatrice Webb first declared herself a socialist in the privacy of her diary in February 1890. In this entry, she was commenting on the political ferment in London at that time — on the ‘New Trade Unionism’, the success of the London Dock Strike and the influence of socialist groups — and she was beginning to be able to imagine a reconstructed social world emerging from this chaos of political and labour activity:

And the whole seems a whirl of contending actions, aspirations and aims out of which I dimly see the tendency towards a socialist community in which there will be individual freedom and public property in the stead of class-slavery and private possession of the means of subsistence of the whole People. At last I am a Socialist! (p. 394; 1 February 1890)


Intellectual Tradition Collective Regulation Collective Life Utilitarian Ethic Trade Union Movement 
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Chapter 7: Fabian Socialism

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