The young idealists had their religious beliefs virtually demolished by Darwinism and science. Many found their cause turned to socialism.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
The Fabian Window Exposes the Jesuits of Socialism
In 1910 Shaw confided to a friend that he wanted the Fabians to be "the Jesuits of socialism." He commissioned an artist to design and construct this stained-glass window for the society's headquarters. For thirty years the window was privately displayed to the socialist inner circle, for in the middle it was the Fabian coat-of-arms: a wolf in sheep's clothing. It also depicts George Bernard Shaw and Sidney Webb as blacksmiths about to smash the world with sledgehammers, beneath the inscription, Remold it nearer to the heart's desire."
In 1887 the Fabian Society published its credo, to which every member
was obliged to subscribe: "The society works...for the extinction of private property in land...[and] for the transfer to the community of such Industrial Capitol as can be conveniently be handled socially..."
The main strategy of the Society was to develop, through permeation of the educated class, a socialist elite.
In 1894, the Fabians established the London School of Economics and Political Science, which was to become the training ground for the socialist elite.
Read more in Samuel Blumenfeld's Revolution in Education.