WHITLAM and the FABIAN SOCIALISM
(Ideology) is what gives the evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. (It) helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad, in his own and others eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses, but will receive praise and honours. (Solzhenitsyn)
A torch can be used both for illumination and arson. The Fabian Society was created in Great Britain in 1883. The principles were mostly based on the socialist ideas of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Fabians believe that any action, which will bring the greatest good, happiness and pleasure to the greatest number of people, is good. The end justifies the means. They, of course decide which end is correct and decided it would be socialism. Socialism would be established by the will of the majority of people. On that point they disagreed with Marxists. Basically socialism not by violence, but by trickery. The difference for a victim is similar to that, between an armed robber and a conman. Their historical inspiration is Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus Cunctator (the Delayer), who, by his tactics of burnt land tired Hannibal and thus brought Carthage to the eventual defeat.
The Fabians helped to create the Labour Party of Great Britain and to this day proudly mention their founders, George Bernard Shaw, Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb and H.G. Wells. As a matter of interest, in 1923 S. Webb wrote “The Decay of Capitalist Civilization” and in 1935 “Soviet Communism: A New Civilization?” In 1935 new soviet civilisation could already proudly count at least 10 million victims. British Fabians are proud of their significant politicians, all naturally of the Labour Party: Tony Blair, Neil Kinnock, Michael Foot, Harold Wilson, Hugh Gaitskell and Clement Attlee.
As an organisation, they are not overly numerous, concentrating on people influential, ambitious, arrogant and in particular amoral. Their crest, until recently, was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I am not too partial to quoting “the greats” of Marxism-Leninism, but Engels’ letter to Kautsky in September 1892 is reasonably accurate: “..a clique of bourgeois “socialist” of diverse calibres, from careerists to sentimental socialists and philanthropists, united only by their fear of the threatening rule of the workers and doing all in their power to spike this danger by making their own leadership secure, the leadership exercised by the “eddicated (sic).””
“The means employed by the Fabian Society are just the same as those of the corrupt parliamentary politicians: money, intrigues, careerism.”
“In spite of all this I do not ask you to treat these people as enemies.”
With the expression useful idiots, Lenin came later.
During World War II G.D.H.Cole wrote: “It used to be objected to us, that socialism has undoubtedly beautiful and noble ideals, but cannot be put into practice. It was said to us, that it is negated by “human nature”.That argument cannot stand today. Regardless, socialism proved itself, and that for a whole two decades in one of the largest countries of the world. The system, established in 1917 in the Soviet Union, has many errors, but it eliminated unemployment and began to produce goods up to the very limit of production capacity. It was said that the socialist state inevitably would collapse, because its population would consume all, what can be produced, without leaving in reserve an appropriate supply to accumulate new production capacity. That argument also has no validity, because the Soviet Union placed into its capital reserves probably larger part of its national product, then at any time could any capitalist state, though it was forced to provide enormous expenditure for armaments for eventual self-defense.”
Were comrade Cole still alive, he undoubtedly would list Cuba and Zimbabwe as the successful examples of socialism.
Fabians are not harmless dreamers. Cole mentions two sections of the economy, to which after the war the socialist would have to pay attention, mining and the press. They did pay attention. Both suffered prolonged strikes and the coal strike almost bankrupted Britain.
Who was that Quintus Fabius Maximus, whom Romans in 217 B.C. , a year after Hannibal’s crossing of Alps, elected as their dictator and whom after more than two thousand years some sly socialists picked up as an example? His first worry was that Romans are not sufficiently religious. Today perhaps we would say not sufficiently politically correct. Nevertheless, we have to go a little bit back to history, albeit simplified. Qart Hadasht, meaning New Town (corrupted by Romans and English to Carthage) was a trading village established by Phoenicians in 814 B.C., approximately a half a century before Rome. Both villages grew and traded so successfully, that not even 600 years later the Mediterranean became too small and they had to fight. Rome and Carthage entered into a few peace treaties, the last in 241 B.C., assuring Rome that Carthage is not interested in Italy, as long as Rome leaves alone their Sicily. Rome, of course, could not leave anything alone. Carthage had no naval force to speak of, so Hannibal decided to walk to Rome, with elephants, across Spain and the Alps. He expected to defeat Roman legions in a battle, or at least defeat enough to make Romans not ignore peace treaties in the future. The first assumption proved correct. Hannibal trounced the Roman legions, if he could find them. Fabian avoided battles, knowing that Hannibal is not strong enough to besiege Rome itself. The result was that Hannibal wandered the length and width of Italy for 16 years and what was not eaten and burnt by Hannibal’s mercenaries, was burnt by Fabius. I leave it to the reader to consider the consequence of Fabian’s successful (for the Roman power elite, that is) and by today’s Fabians still lauded strategy on the people of Italy. People never know what is good for them.
Comrade Jungwirth in the preface to the Snapshots of Hope. The Making of Modern Labor. A Decade of landmark speeches to the Fabians writes:- “Australia had its first Fabian Society as early as 1895, and 1947 saw the establishment of the Victorian Fabian Society, which became the Australian Fabian Society in 1984. The AFS is the largest Fabian body ever to exist outside Britain itself. It operates nationally, with members in every state and territory.
Gough Whitlam adopted the Fabian approach from the day he entered Parliament, and the seminal 1972 Whitlam policy speech was a drawing together of the threads of twenty years of systematic Fabian research and planning.
Arthur Calwell before him was always proud to call himself a Fabian, and the tradition has been carried on through Bill Hayden, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Bannon, Neville Wran and Bob Carr.”
I would add Julia Gillard and God knows whom else. Because in law “conspiracy” has definite meaning, I would never write what former ALP minister Barry Jones said in his speech to the Fabians in November 1990- “…that conspiratorial group which has helped to change the face of the world, the Australian Fabian Society.” A member of the Australian Fabian Society must not be a member of any other party but the correct one, the ALP.
When in 1972 Australia chose Labor, the leader of the ALP and of the Fabian Society, Gough Whitlam decided to rule for a while just with his deputy Barnard. For 13 days sat Whitlam in 13 armchairs and made about 40 serious decisions. Among others, Australia accepted the annexation of Baltic republics by the Soviet Union, established diplomatic relations with the dictatorships of Cuba, China and North Vietnam, cancelled those with democratic Taiwan, abolished conscription and amnestied deserters. Later, in 1973, with the full complement of ministers, in order to help Australian industry, canceled the development of a light destroyer and cut tariffs across the board by 25%. These are just examples.
Interesting, though not surprising is that Fabians still regard Whitlam’s record as good, though it was mostly to Australia’s detriment. Australia’s detriment, not to the socialist ideology detriment. To this very day they pretend that poor Whitlam did not know about “loan” negotiations with Ghadaffim to finance the post-dismissal election campaign and previous financial machinations with Khomlenim. Gareth Evans said about the Whitlam’s rule “there never will be another one like that”. Let’s hope. Unfortunately, Whitlam was not alone and his acolytes are still causing damage.
Do they mean well? Is it just a handful of idealists? Are the others worse? In times of laissez-faire capitalism, socialism could look like an acceptable alternative. In 1917 the socialists acquired power and had opportunity to apply their humanitarian ideals. Since then socialists killed 170 million people and when we add, in my opinion correctly the victims of national socialists, NSDAP, it is more than 200 million lives on their conscience. Unfortunately, the count goes on.
The left, including Fabians overlooks the crimes of their comrades to this very day. 17, 000 supposed victims of Pinochet are brandished at every opportunity, but 70,000 killed by Castro’s socialist dictatorship, for them do not exist. Their excuses confirm murderers in their conviction, that they do good. They may occasionally drop a few tears, when their comrades forget about TV cameras, as e.g. Bob Hawke after the Tiananmen Square massacre and say, “we are different”. It is true, from their point of view, that it is a different power clique. SA and SS also did not like each other. For us the difference between Fabian socialism and Marxist socialism, is as between a frying pan and a fire. Would you prefer Trotsky or Stalin to decide about your existence or nonexistence? In power struggles ideologies are only red herrings, but by now it ought to be clear to everybody that from blood-red ideology, through blood brown to the pink one, socialism always leads to great human suffering, besides which other ideologies or religions are just hopeless muddlers.
The Australian Fabian Society replaced a wolf in sheep’s clothing by a turtle. Panda may come later. The original crest was more sincere, even though maybe a hyena… The spots would not be discernible under that snow-white skin anyway.
Back to the history. Rome won. Religious, elderly Fabius was pushed aside five years before Hannibal returned to Africa. Carthage was not defeated by Fabius, but by Scipio Africanus. It was the beginning of the end of the Roman republic.
Mathew 7, 15-20 :- “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
© PAUL JACKO september 2008
G.D.H. Cole – Fabiánský socialismus Melantrich 1947
Ernie Bradford – Hannibal 1981 Macmillan London Limited
G. Jungwirth – Snapshots of Hope. The Making of Modern Labor. A Decade of landmark speeches to the Fabians Australian Fabian Society Pluto Press Australia Limited 1998
Lewis S. Feuer – Marx and Engels Basic Writings on Politics and Philosophy. Fontana 1969
R. Conquest – Harvest of Sorrow Pimlico 2002