Fabian Society Founded in London, UK (with its LSE founded in 1895)

January 03, 2019

On 4 January 1884, the Fabian Society – a key but too little known and discussed internationalist, socialist organisation – was founded in London, UK. Since then, 'Fabians' and their Society (with the help of other Marxist-socialist organisations) have been effective at spreading their ideology and system of societal governance across the globe – particularly through Western liberal democracies and Fabian-inspired supra-national bodies (eg the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations).

The modus operandi of Fabian socialism (as distinct from original Marxism, which is overt, revolutionary and typically violent) is to peaceably use the democratic framework of liberal democracies to achieve gradual conversion to socialism – the extinction of private property, liberties and freedoms to the control of government or a ruling elite. This is done primarily through Fabian-minded intellectuals infiltrating the academia and bureaucracies (but also the schools, media and entertainment industry) of such societies, eventually usurping long-trusted institutions, traditions and conventions and expanding the role of government, welfare and regulation.

Fabian tactics are notoriously covert, subversive and evolutionary (cf revolutionary) – those of “gradualism” and permeation also referred to as “the long march through the institutions”. They are prepared to play the longer, more certain game of achieving full socialism in multiple stages as opposed to risking it all in one fell swoop (eg in a single stage or strike).

One of the Fabian Society’s 10 founding members (Sidney Webb) coined the summary slogan, “The Inevitability of Gradualness” – analogous to the proverbial “frog in warming water” – where, provided the people are kept occupied (busy, debt-enslaved and distracted), societal usurpation can proceed without the masses becoming aware until it is too late/irreversible.

Leading members of the Fabian Society also founded the London School of Economics (and Political Science, LSE) in 1895 – the Society’s first real foray into Western academia and our educational sector/institutions (but with their own money and benefactors, unlike the norm today).

As a measure of the success in the West of Fabian and other organisations that promulgated Marxist-socialist ideologies over the 1900s, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the like today find it near-impossible to engage/work with their public universities – just as Fabians and Marxists found it in the late 1800s. How the tables have turned – and the West has changed – without most even realising it.

Mark/commiserate this day when the Fabian Society was founded by:

  • watching this documentary on Fabianism and/or these shorter clips (and for their information underneath)
  • listening to this Sydney 2GB radio interview with Dr Amy McGrath on Agenda 21 and the Fabian Society from 2013
  • viewing this clip on George Bernard Shaw – a key Fabian, often quoted intellectual and famous playwright from the late 1800s and early-mid 1900s
  • reading further on Fabianism and its mottos, goals and tactics
  • apprising yourself of the Conservative Party’s principles and policies against creeping socialism from within and without (ie globally), and/or
  • sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, classical liberals, anti-Marxists and those that want to stay free from collectivism, oligarchy or an elite, intellectualist tyranny.

Below: Then PM Julia Gillard asked at a forum about the influence of the Fabian Society in the Australian Labor Party


Fabianism and the Labor Parties of the West/Commonwealth

Fabian socialists were influential in forming the ideas and foundations of the British Labour Party (as well as other Labour/Labor parties, particularly in the British Commonwealth – eg in Australia and New Zealand).

Key excerpts from the Australian Labor Party’s current national constitution shows its remaining clear connections to Fabian socialism – both in its objectives and tactics (emphasis below added):

[Primary objective – para 4 on page 4] “The Australian Labor Party is a democratic socialist party and has the objective of the democratic socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange, to the extent necessary to eliminate exploitation and other anti-social features in these fields.”

[Long list of what the ALP stands for – last item, para 5 on page 5] “(v) recognition of the right of citizens to work for progressive changes consistent with the broad principles of democratic socialism.

[Chapeau to listing of “Principles of Action” – para 6 on page 5] “The Australian Labor Party believes that the task of building democratic socialism is a co-operative process that requires: …

(a) constitutional action through the federal and state parliaments, municipal and other statutory authorities,

(b) union action, and

(c) ongoing action by organised community groups.

Intriguingly, despite consideration of departing from the 'socialist objective' in its constitution in 2002, 2015, 2016 and 2018, Labor has continually failed to remove this Fabian mantra from its founding document.

The Fabian Society of Australia's website lists as its members former Labor Federal and State Leaders Bill Hayden, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten, John Cain, Don Dunstan, John Bannon, Neville Wran and Bob Carr among others. Of the current crop of Federal Labor Parliamentarians, it also includes Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen, Andrew Leigh, Wayne Swan, Stephen Jones, Jenny McAllister, Claire Moore, Susan Templeman, Julie Collins and Tim Watts (ie 10 plus Bill Shorten).

The Fabian Society has received as guest speakers:

  • then Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 1984
  • then Labor treasurer and later PM, Paul Keating, in addition to Labor's Health Minister, Brian Howe, in 1991
  • Labor's shadow Treasurer in 2002
  • Labor's shadow Industry Minister in 2003, and
  • (as then Health Minister, Tony Abbott, noted in 2006) then shadow Health Minister - later Prime Minister - Julia Gillard, who had addressed the Fabian Society that year.

Notable other Australian Labor Fabians include:

  • (as former Labor MP and former ACTU boss Jenni George noted) the late former Labor deputy PM, Frank Crean, who had once been president of the Victorian Fabian Society
  • (as Labor senator Kim Carr noted) the former Labor deputy PM under Gough Whitlam, Jim Cairns, who was a member of the same Victorian Fabian Society, and
  • (as Senator Carr also noted) so too had been former Labor industry minister, John Button.

Further details on Fabianism and Marxism

In essence, all Marxist ideologies seek a rearrangement of society whereby a relatively small, all-powerful and tightly-held ruling class eventually presides over the enslaved, “less enlightened and deserving” rest of its society. Such an “over-class” seeks to live off, and at the expense of, an “inferior”, confused, atomised and demoralised underclass. Any middle class – where most of a society’s free will, spirit and enterprise (and hence obstinacy and resistance to tyranny) resides – tends to be necessarily hollowed out and largely absent.

Fabian socialism – a key strain of Marxist ideology (and like its post-WWI close-cousin, cultural Marxism) – differs from original, traditional economic Marxism largely by what it targets, and the tactics it uses or prefers, to achieve its Marxist goals.

Economic Marxism targets a society’s workers and proletariat to overthrow the system – typically where the middle class is already relatively small or weakened and not head-strong, proudly individual and self-reliant. Its preferred tactics tend to be unashamedly overt and revolutionary (ie violent and bloody).

Whilst this can reduce lead times to achieve desired Marxist goals, the relative impatience of economic Marxism can increase the risk of failure – ie showing one’s hand and striking too early, before key “ducks” have been “put into alignment”. This can set back the Marxist cause by decades, as well as make other Marxist-susceptible societies watching on from the sidelines less eager to embark on their own transition to Marxist oligarchy.

Fabian Marxism adopts a more patient, gradualist approach – a creeping form of socialism – by infiltrating and usurping key academic, educational and bureaucratic institutions. In liberal democracies, it uses the democratic framework and fundamental liberties, tolerances and freedoms to:

  • gain footholds across institutions (whether existing or opportunistically created, eg AHRC and s18C of the RDA)
  • fortify those institutions (aka “honeycomb” them), and
  • knit/network them together to incrementally progress their goals on a broad front.

Fabians were some of the earliest and keenest eugenicists, by way of sterilising (and worse) those among the masses deemed of low capacity, undesirable, difficult or unworthy – once they had the power to do so.

In the early-mid 1900s, well-known Fabians such as George Bernard Shaw can be seen explaining “the virtues” of, and advocating for, eugenics. This was to cleanse the stock of “domesticated humans” – once socialism and their craved power had been achieved – to reduce, as they saw it, societal waste and optimise net productivity and provision available for the ruling class of enlightened intellectual elites to enjoy.

In contrast to this Fabianism, cultural Marxism (and especially in more recent times) saw these “low capacity”, disadvantaged and easily-aggrieved folk in liberal democracies as valuable tools to accrete electoral power with and build government scope through victim-group identity politics.

  • Cultural Marxism began soon after WWI in response to the failure of economic Marxism to sweep west from its then Soviet/Russian headquarters across war-torn central Europe after WWI, but is a close gradualist cousin of Fabianism.

By injecting a society with myriad moral-hazard (ie promoting, protecting, excusing and normalising the obviously harmful or detrimental behaviour of individuals and groups), it could make more people eternally-dependent victims. Then, by “community-organising” these victims into distinct collectives, stoking/accentuating their grievances and activating them politically, cultural Marxists (particularly since the 1960s) had happened across an opportunity and societal resource that Fabians were (revealingly) talking of eliminating, even before they had the power and means to do so.

It is no stretch of the imagination to think/suspect what these close Marxists cousins of “socialist gradualism” would do with the victim classes they so craftily cultivated and disdainfully spoke of over the last century, should they be allowed one day to attain the power they crave.

Using the analogy of George Orwell’s novel, “Animal Farm”, socialists would see great wisdom in allocating the scarce feed for their enslaved stock disproportionately to obedient, dutiful draught work horses like “Boxer” than to lower capacity, scattier subjects such as the chickens or cats – the “useful idiots” that will/may have got them their power in the first place.

Fabian symbolism and influence

Fabians are evolutionary Marxists, not revolutionary ones. They believe in the long march through the institutions rather than overt, single-step confrontation, which can often fail and put back the cause for years. On a supra-national or global scale, such “socialism by stealth” involves a slow march towards a New World Order.

Like all power-hungry, know-best subversionists, Fabians are deep into symbolism. The name Fabian comes from the Roman General, Fabius Maximus, known for his gradualism, underhandedness and delaying tactics (doing his enemy or opponents slowly and covertly, avoiding open conflict).

Their society’s mascot is a tortoise with a dragon’s head – depicting patience and unobtrusiveness, achieving their goals a little at a time, but with the motto “When I strike, I strike hard” – ie once positioned and all “ducks are in alignment” then taking control of the fiefdoms that have allowed them to infiltrate and “honeycomb”.

Consistent with this, the Fabian Society has proudly as its coat of arms the now well-known “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

Another depiction (but less of their own) is the octopus with each tentacle representing a goal or program of Fabian socialism with its head saying “Socialism – the plan of the evil one.”

A key target of Fabians is the young and naïve – particularly the education institutions that such easy and pre-formed “prey” attend before their minds and world views are set. But they also target the weak, the dependent, the disaffected, the less connected and the irresponsible – or those living off others but bound by certain “annoying” obligations of reciprocity to their net provider. By bigger government offering evermore social insurance to harmful and sub-optimal behaviour, the dependent or the less responsible are “liberated”, encouraged and proliferate, requiring evermore resources from the shrinking pool of the faceless net providers left.

Eleven years after its establishment (1895), the Fabian Society founded the London School of Economics (and Political Science). This was its first real foray into the institution of education. Back then, it had to actually create its own university, because it wasn't allowed to infiltrate, and then commandeer, existing universities, as has become Marxism's modus operandi since the 1960s.

Fabians played a large part in the formation of the League of Nations after WWI and in its successor, the United Nations, after WWII.

Today, Fabian socialists and other Marxists hide in plain sight – the sheep’s clothing (or cloak) has essentially been cast aside but few conservatives or other right-of-centre figures in the public domain across the West either recognise the wolf (or dagger) now exposed, or have the will/understanding to combat the true beast and its pernicious goals and ideology.

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