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Winston vs. the Webbs

Himmelfarb, Gertrude (2014) Winston vs. the Webbs. The Weekly Standard, 19 (30). pp. 26-29. ISSN 1083-3013

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Abstract

The debate over Obamacare may remind a student of British history of the debate in Britain over the National Insurance Act of 1911, which was in effect until the initiation of the welfare state after World War II. The protagonists in that debate were Winston Churchill and Sidney and Beatrice Webb. Churchill, a rising star in the Liberal party and a member of Herbert Asquith's cabinet, heartily promoted the act. The Webbs, prominent members of the Fabian Society and vigorous polemicists, sharply criticized it. Fabianism is generally described as a moderate, reformist form of socialism, achieving its ends not by class war and revolution but by persuasion and "permeation." It is fitting that the Fabian Society should have been founded, in 1884, as a society, not a party, for its primary focus was the "social organism," and its ultimate purpose "the regeneration of society," "the reconstruction of the Social System."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 12:50
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:50
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/989

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