Slow, inevitable march to socialism alive and well
Thank the Fabians for much of Sanders, Clinton rhetoric
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POLITICAL LANDSCAPE – In the early 1900s, the permeation of the United States by British Fabian socialism proceeded primarily through the universities. The main route of Fabian “permeation” was Harvard University. Fabian socialists as well as Marxian socialists selected Harvard as the fount from which leftist ideology filtered through to other educational institutions.
British Fabian leaders Sidney Webb and Edward Pease came to the United States in 1888 for a long visit to train Fabian groups in the art of socialism. Webb solidified his connection with the American Economic Association whose editorial address was at Harvard University. By the end of the 19th Century, the Fabians had made converts in the United States.
In 1905, under Fabian influence and guidance, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society was founded in New York City. During the same period the Rand School of Social Science was formed by the Fabian Socialists and became the New York headquarters of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society.
Fabian member Graham Wallas, then at the London School of Economics, was all the more valued as a visiting lecturer at Harvard for having been part of the movement. As discussed below, the contribution of Wallas to the modern era of Liberal/Socialist thought in the United States cannot be understated.
Roger Baldwin, Harvard Class of 1905, during the same period outlined a Fabian device of capturing power by stealth and deception. In an advisory letter to a socialist agitator he wrote:
“To make of this country, and to show that we are really the folks that really stand for the spirit of our institutions, do steer away from making it look like a Socialist enterprise. We want also to look like patriots in everything we do. We want to get a good lot of flags, talk a good deal about the Constitution and what our forefathers wanted.”
The pattern of operation for Intercollegiate Socialist Society was the same as that pursued earlier by the Fabians in England.
During the first two years (1905-07) its activity was mainly that of distributing literature and giving lectures in the universities. By January 1908, the first professional paid organizer went into action. His task was to consolidate in organizational form the results of the previous propaganda.
A chapter of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society was formed in Harvard. Other chapters quickly followed in Princeton, Columbia, Bernard, New York University and University of Pennsylvania. All of these chapters were organized in the first four months of 1908.
By 1914 the Harvard chapter of this organization had over 60 members. John Spargo, socialist leader, addressed as many as 250 students at Harvard in a single meeting. Active in the organization were Walter Lippmann, Felix Frankfurter, Roger Baldwin, Harry F Ward and Stuart Chase.
In the recent book, Walter Lippmann and His Times, author Carl A. Binger, states: “The Fabian movement captured our imagination and that of Graham Wallas.
Wallas dedicated his book The Great Society to Lippmann and since this book was published in 1914 — four years after the discussion course in government that Wallas conducted and in which Lippmann took part — one can see what an impression this young student must have made on his teacher.
Wallas argued in The Great Society that a social-psychological analysis could explain the problems created by the impact of the industrial revolution in modern society. He contrasts the role of nature and nurture in modern society, concluding that humanity must depend largely on the improvements in nurture, and put his faith in the development of stronger international operation.
Great Society is the term that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would one day use to identify his major social achievements. Other important academic writings of Wallas are Human Nature in Politics (1908) and Our Social Heritage (1921).
By 1916, organizers with the Intercollegiate Socialist Society lectured on socialism to over 30,000 students throughout the country. They addressed some 89 economic and other classes and spoke before over a score of entire college bodies.
Lippmann and Felix Frankfurter managed to attach themselves as special assistants to the Secretary of War in 1917. While there, both men became closely associated with then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As President later on, FDR rewarded this friendship by appointing Frankfurter to the Supreme Court and American Fabians capitalized on this connection by grabbing hundreds of jobs in key government positions.
Lippmann and Frankfurter, as socialists, used their influence to aid left-wing conscientious objectors during World War I. The objectors were extremists who refused to support “any war under the capitalist system.” In the New York State Joint Legislative Inquiry in 1920, the Frankfurter-Lippmann collaboration was disclosed.
After World War I, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society changed its name to The League for Industrial Democracy. The parent Fabian Society in England had always urged that the word “socialists” be pushed into the background. Socialist policies were considered more important than the mere name itself.
Today Fabians use the teachings of British economist John Maynard Keynes as their catechism of political economy. The American Fabians have lavishly installed Keynesianism as the new faith, both in the Universities and in Government bureaucracy.
Robert Theobold, British philosopher and writer, has extensively studied the Fabian Socialists Society.
According to Theobold, the Fabian School of Political Correctness, in 1992, suggested certain means by which they would change the political philosophy of the American Population:
- Suggest creation of racist offenses;
- Continual change to create confusion;
- Teaching of sexual and homosexual information to children;
- Undermining schools and teacher authority;
- Enhanced immigration to destroy identification;
- Promotion of excessive drinking;
- Emptying the churches;
- Unreasonable legal system with biases;
- Dependency on state benefits;
- Control of business and dumbing down of media;
- Encouraging breakdown of the family;
- Exploitation of the differences between the sexes;
- Destroy traditional relationships between men and women;
- Attack authority of fathers including control of family as primary educators of children;
- Abolished differences in education between boys and girls;
- Abolish all forms of male dominance such as presence of women in the armed forces;
- Declare women to be an oppressed class;
Many believe that phony environmentalism is to become the major way in which the new system will be ushered in, under the premise that we must all give up our individual rights and units to serve the greater good in order to save mother Earth. This can be seen especially with the United Nations Agenda 21 program, that would set internal requirements for how people must live, learn, eat, travel and communicate. This has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with control.
In a recent publication titled The Wildlands Project, Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives wrote: “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”
Many people have spoken over the years that the modern age of liberalism has been a slow and long process. This is consistent with the Gradualist methods used by the Fabian Socialists in England. Now, while not finished, we can see it coming and seem helpless to stop its inevitability.
So many people in this country avail themselves of the Welfare State that changing course now may be the most difficult challenge we have ever faced as a Nation. Next week, we examine the Bilderberg Society in Germany and its successor the Tri Lateral Commission, both of which promote socialist/big government style beliefs.