16 Facts About Fabian Society


Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation whose purpose is to advance the principles of democratic socialism via gradualist and reformist effort in democracies, rather than by revolutionary overthrow.

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The Fabian Society was historically related to radicalism, a left-wing liberal tradition.

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Fabian Society was founded on 4 January 1884 in London as an offshoot of a society founded a year earlier, called The Fellowship of the New Life, which had been a forebear of the British Ethical and humanist movements.

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The Fabian Society additionally advocated renewal of Western European Renaissance ideas and their promulgation throughout the world.

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Fellowship of the New Life was dissolved in 1899, but the Fabian Society grew to become a leading academic society in the United Kingdom in the Edwardian era.

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Public meetings of the Fabian Society were for many years held at Essex Hall, a popular location just off the Strand in central London.

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Fabian Society was named—at the suggestion of Frank Podmore—in honour of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus.

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Immediately upon its inception, the Fabian Society began attracting many prominent contemporary figures drawn to its socialist cause, including George Bernard Shaw, H G Wells, Annie Besant, Graham Wallas, Charles Marson, Sydney Olivier, Oliver Lodge, Ramsay MacDonald and Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Years 1903 to 1908 saw a growth in popular interest in the socialist idea in Great Britain and the Fabian Society grew accordingly, tripling its membership to nearly 2500 by the end of the period, half of whom were located in London.

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Fabian Society socialists were in favour of reforming the foreign policy of the British Empire as a conduit for internationalist reform, and were in favour of a capitalist welfare state modelled on the Bismarckian German model; they criticised Gladstonian liberalism both for its individualism at home and its internationalism abroad.

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The Middle East adaptation of Fabian Society socialism led the state to control big industry, transport, banks, internal and external trade.

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In October 1940, the Fabian Society established the Fabian Colonial Bureau to facilitate research and debate British colonial policy.

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In recent years the Young Fabian Society group, founded in 1960, has become an important networking and discussion organisation for younger Labour Party activists and played a role in the 1994 election of Tony Blair as Labour Leader.

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Fabian Society have a number of employees based in their headquarters in London.

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Fabian Society later parodied the society in his 1910 novel The New Machiavelli.

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Fabian Society wrote that their published works "serve merely to explain to the Fabians themselves why Fabianism exists in the world".

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