those fabians!

Justin Schwartz jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Sat Feb 18 09:13:26 MST 1995


Hal Draper has an interesting piece on "The Fabian and the African"
(Sidney Webb and Jomo Kenyetta) in _Socialism from Below_, ed. E. Haberkern.

--Justin Schwartz


On Sat, 18 Feb 1995, Norman Feltes wrote:

> On Feb 15,  4:53pm, Karlyn Ann Crowley wrote:
> > Subject: those fabians!
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> > i am working on researching the Fabians, the fin-de-siecle
> > radical group including Shaw, Potter, etc., and the "Fabian
> > Essays on Socialism."  Does anyone know about their use and
> > reception currently?  In what light are they seen by Marxists?
> > Certainly at the end of the 19th cent., they are doing some
> > interesting things...many feminists, vegetarians, "simple
> > living" types who wore "plain" dress...anyway, i wanted to get
> >\ a sense if anyone still refered to them or if they are mostly
> > viewed as quaint historical objects?
> In Social History (the journal from England) I published an article about two
> years ago (I can't get out of e-mail to check the reference) on Beatrice Webb
> and sweated labour, trying to make specific marxist points about sweating and
> to show how her proto-Fabian position and tactics were not only morally
> suspect but historically false, wrong, incorrect, what have you. It's a bit
> rich to say "you could read my essay," but anyway you might, if it seems
> possibly useful.   >
> >   Norm Feltes
>     English Department
>     321 Calumet College
>     York University
>     North York, Ontario
>     Canada, M3J 1P3
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