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Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Part II

Wood, Laura (2011) Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Part II. The Thinking Housewife blog.

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Abstract

"I have become a Socialist not because I believe it would ameliorate the conditions of the masses (though I think it would do so) but because I believe that only under communal ownership of the means of production can you arrive at the most perfect form of individual development – at the greatest stimulus to individual effort; in other words complete Socialism is only consistent with absolute individualism. As such, some day, I will stand on a barrel and preach it." Beatrice Potter, the British heiress who ventured into London slums and dockyards, wrote these words in her diary in 1890. She was born to socialism on her first meeting with Sidney Webb, then civil servant and Fabian socialist. Or rather, as she put it in her diary, she realized then that she had been a socialist all along. There was an element of predestination in her understanding of the phenomenon: the elect were chosen from birth. - Introductory paragraph.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Posted by Laura Wood January 18, 2011 as a continuation of her blog on 18 January 2011, linked to at the second thinkinghousewife.com link above.
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 11:59
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 12:02
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/898

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