The Fabian Society was a discussion forum for socialists, established in the late 19th century. This 1896 pamphlet looks at the moral questions surrounding socialism, including collectivism, natural selection, population and progress.The Fabian Society hoped to establish socialism by persuasion rather than revolution, a policy that produced a steady stream of publications. Major figures in the early movement included the economists Beatrice and Sidney Webb, playwright George Bernard Shaw, politician Clement Atlee, poet Rupert Brooke and political activist Emmeline Pankhurst.
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- Matthew Taunton
- Visions of the future, Fin de siècle, Power and politics
H G Wells was a committed socialist whose political writing influenced, among other things, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Dr Matthew Taunton considers how Wells engaged with socialist ideas in his journalism, social commentary and fiction.