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Friday, 25 January 2013

Posh Socialists: From the Fabians to the SWP/UAF

Posh Fabians, circa 1920s. They wanted to change the working class; through eugenics experiments if necessary. 

“Most leftist and student organisations have a poor opinion of the working class and their ability to understand their 'progressive' causes. A tiny minority of socialists/communists with a libertarian bent are into absolute freedom of speech but the vast majority - those influenced by Lenin, Trotsky, etc - have contempt for the intelligence of workers.” – Stuart Maxwell

That’s why they’re almost the same as the deeply posh Fabians of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. 

The Fabians despised the habits and attitudes of the working class and even believed (at that time) in carrying out eugenic experiments on them.

Trotskyists and other "progressives" are usually from exactly the same class and usually have the same attitudes. The main difference is that the Trotskyists are revolutionaries and the Fabians weren't deemed to be so. Though both groups wanted to change the working class. Trotskyists, etc. also want to lead it. The Fabians wanted to rule the working class – which isn't that different from leading it.

Posh Trots, circa 2012. They want to lead and change the working class;  through revolution or "radicalisation". 

Now many Trotskyists have given up on the working class (in practice, not theory) and have embraced Muslims instead. They won’t have a chance with Muslims. However, Muslims (especially Islamists) will get a lot from Trotskyists – they already have! Trotskyists have almost explicitly given up on the working class and will now embrace any group which they can attempt to politically use (though Muslims use them).

Sure, there was always a tiny minority of working-class Trotskyists (many more working-class communists); though they rarely had positions of power in the various and many Trotskyist groups. If anything, Trotskyists were and still are mainly upper-middle-class; again, just like the Fabians.

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