By Logie Barrow
Problems with democratic precept and shape have been of significant value within the pre-1914 socialist, alternate union and hard work hobbies. this is often the 1st particular examine of that discuss, which headquartered round socialists of the British Radical culture, the Fabians, and the self sustaining Labour get together management, and which displays at the present argument over democratic constructions and electoral reform. Democratic rules and the British Labour move assesses attitudes to democracy at a formative interval within the background of socialist rules and the British Labour circulation.
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See the footnote on p. 62 for Shaw's insistence that 'the Fabians were at first as bellicose as the others'. Report on Fabian Policy and Resolutions presented by the Fabian Society to the International Socialist Workers' and Trade Union Congress, London, 1896, Fabian Tract No. 70 Quly 1896), p. 5. Clarion, 24 November 1894. Fabian democracy and its Social-Democratic critics 33 by urging study of 'democratic institutions in the light of practice and not theory alone' and declaring opposition to the Referendum, the Initiative, the election of officials by universal suffrage, and the reduction of representative bodies to meetings of delegates .
118-19. 55 On one thing both SDF and Socialist League were equally adamant; there must be no 'hero worship' of the living or the dead. 57 Thus, democracy also applied internally. After the 1884 'split', both sides justified themselves by appeals to it, and both SDF and Socialist League went to considerable lengths to try to democratise themselves further. '58 When, later, the SDF claimed to be more democratic because the League's national body was 'an Executive not a Delegate Council' so that 'the policy [was] therefore fixed for twelve months', Morris retorted that the Federation's delegate council was 'bogus' since many branches could not afford to send their delegate and thus branches fell back on the expedient of electing well-known metropolitan figures to represent them - Hyndman, for example, represented the Salford Branch at the 1888 annual conference.
But even if some way could be found to overcome the gap between radical democratic theory and hard-up reality, there would still have been 54 55 56 57 58 Justice, 3 December 1887; 6 October 1888. Commonweal, 16 October 1886. Commonweal, 8 May 1886. Similarly, before the split injustice, 6 September 1884. Justice, 24, 31 January 1903; 13 August 1904; 30 June 1906. J. B. Askew and John E. Ellam were criticised by Hyndman for their 'deifying' tendencies. Similarly, much earlier, protesting against the 'canonisation' of Marx, Justice, 15 March 1884.
Democratic Ideas and the British Labour Movement, 1880-1914 by Logie Barrow
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