AN EXPOSURE OF
THE FINANCIER-SOCIALIST PLOT.
NOTE: This, the seventh and final article by Eric D. Butler, from the League of Rights study course, never appeared in the columns of the Argus. It was withheld from publication at the last moment, no reason or apology being given to the Argus readers who were expecting to see it, as advertised in the issue of July 2, 1949.
Although the Socialists never tire of claiming that all anti-Socialist movements are financed by “wealthy capitalists,” an examination of the history of the Socialist conspiracy in English-speaking countries reveals that men of considerable wealth have helped finance this conspiracy. Socialism is a system which appeals to the will-to-power which is inherent in every human being, irrespective of what section of society he may come from. It is based upon a false and evil philosophy, a philosophy shared by rich men as well as poor men.
Thus we have Lord Rothschild leading the British Socialist Party in the House of Lords; Dr. Raymond Boyer, one of the wealthiest men in Canada, charged with espionage on behalf of Soviet Russia; Mr. Marshall Field, the American millionaire, financing Socialist activities in the U.S.A.; and Mr. Henry Wallace, a very wealthy man, first playing a leading role in furthering the Socialist New Deal legislation of the Roosevelt regime, and later emerging as a hero of the Communists.
It may, of course, be argued that the above men, and many like them, are merely idealists who have allowed themselves to be used for purposes they do not understand. But this argument is not very convincing when a close study is made of the history of the Socialist conspiracy in English-speaking countries. Karl Marx himself was practically dependent upon his friend, Friedrich Engels, the comparatively wealthy Manchester manufacturer, for financial support.
The Fabian Socialists
Mrs. Beatrice Webb has revealed in [her] autobiography, Our Partnership, how she and her husband, Sidney Webb, were helped considerably by the Rothschilds, Sir Julius —-nher and similar men to finance the activities of the Fabian Socia1ist Society. Right from the start the Fabian Socialists made it clear that they were engaged in a conspiracy designed to infiltrate all parties and to influence their policies. Mr. H. G. Wells, an early member of the Fabian Society, subsequently revealed how the Fabians believed “that fair ends may be reached by foul means.” He referred to Sidney Webb as having explained
“that democracy was really just a dodge for getting assent to the ordinances of the expert official by means of the polling booth.”
This is the very technique the Socialists are following everywhere. The Fabian Socialist Society has been the fountain head of the ideas dominating not only Labour-Socialist parties, but also non-Socialist parties.
The London School of Economics
Referring to the notorious London School of Economics, established by the Fabians in 1894, Professor Harold Laski has said that not until “its archives are examined by a competent historian” will
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it be realised “how immense were its services in bringing the Labour Party to birth.” This Socialist institution has been the main training centre in the English-speaking world for the producing of “key” members of the bureaucracies to which all modern central governments are delegating their authority.
Professor J. H. Morgan, K.C., writing in the English Quarterly Review of January, 1929, relates how he once asked Lord Haldane, a close friend of the Webbs, why Sir Ernest Cassel, the German-Jewish financier, had so heavily endowed the London School of Economics. Lord Haldane replied:
“Our object is to make this institution a place to raise and train the bureaucracy of the future Socialist State.”
In 1920 Sir Ernest Cassel actually saved the very existence of the London School of Economics by a donation of £472,000.
In his last book, From Smoke to Smother, the English publicist, Mr. Douglas Reed, writes about the London School of Economics as follows:
“I found it to be well known to Communists in Berlin, Vienna and Prague before the Second War, and some of these young men did not disguise from me their belief that it could be used by Communists who wished to pursue their political activities in England under the respectable mantle of ‘economics’ and studentship.”
After leaving the Fabian Socialist Society and the British Socialist Party in disgust in 1910, Mr. Thorburn Muirhead, M.P., said:
“Of the 300 Socialist M.P’s., (including 41 members of the Government) xxxxxxxxxxx belong to the Fabian Society … The Society is organising a programme for the second five years of office that they hope the present Government will enjoy … The Fabian Society have a large leavening of foreign refugees, decrying most things British, and arbitrarily prescribing for Britain’s conduct in the world arena. Meanwhile, they sing the Internationale and worship Russia, and try to tear down every sound institution.”
A large number of the present British Socialist Government were educated at the London School of Economics under Professor Harold Laski. Here in Australia the principal economic adviser to the Labour-Socialists, Dr. H. C. Coombs, now Governor of the Commonwealth Bank, is a product of the London School of Economics. Dr. Evatt admits that he has received much advice and assistance from Professor Laski. In ——-, with a Liberal Government whose policies have been very similar to those of the Australian Labor Government, Dr. Marsh —– Mr. L. Ra[s]minsky, of the London School of Economics, have been largely responsible for various policies of centralisation. The Roosevelt New Deal legislation was directly inspired by London School of Economics influence.
A classic example of the manner in which the London School of Economics and the Fabians have influenced Government policies in all parts of the English-speaking world, is the adoption of the famous Beveridge Report, published early in the war, as the basis of Socialist National Health Schemes in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A.. Sir William Beveridge, a prominent advocate of centralised control, has been associated with the London School of Economics for many years.
P.E.P. (Political and Economic Planning).
Early in the depression years, the Fabian Socialists developed their conspirational technique still further by the creation of another organisation, the Political and Economic Planning Group (P.E.P.) — Associated with this semi-secret Socialist organisation was Lord
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Melchett, of Imperial Chemical Industries, a leading advocate of “rationalisation,” which Trade Union leaders accepted as a step towards nationalisation. In recent years the most prominent figure in P.E.P. has been Mr. Israel Moses Sieff, well-known pro-Communist.
P.E.P.’s conspiratorial methods can be judged by the following instructions issued on April 25, 1933, in conjunction with a broadsheet outlining the policy of Sovietisation by stealth:
“You may use without acknowledgment anything which appears in this broadsheet on the understanding that the broadsheet and the group are not publicly mentioned, either in writing or otherwise. This strict condition of anonymity … is essential in order that the group may prove effective …”
The broadsheet mentioned outlined how manufacturers and farmers should be controlled by “duly constituted authority.” Small retailers should be eliminated: “The wastes involved in … retail shops, one shop for every twenty households, cannot be allowed …”
Although the Fabians made considerable progress through P.E.P., even successfully infiltrating the British Conservative Party with their doctrines, in the P.E.P. journal, Planning, of October 4, 1938, they were forced to admit that it was
“only in war, or under the threat of war,” that “a British Government will embark on large-scale planning.”
It was also stated that
“… emergency measures should as far as possible be framed in accord with the long-term needs of social and economic reconstruction.”
Like the Communists, the Socialists welcomed war to further their conspiracy. They did their best during the war years to use “emergency measures” exactly as P.E.P. suggested. Consider carefully the history of the steps taken by Professor Laski’s friend, Dr. Evatt, to use war conditions to impose Socialist policies in Australia.
Institute of International Affairs
Another organisation in which the Socialists have worked to further their ideas, is the Institute of International Affairs. During the Canadian investigation into Communist espionage methods, several of those found guilty of espionage admitted that their loyalty to their own country had been weakened by the internationalism preached by the Socialists and Communists. Genuine internationalism means, of course, the voluntary association of sovereign nations. But the Socialists are opposed to local sovereignty. No less an authority than Professor Arnold Toynbee admitted in a speech to the Institute of International Affairs in Copenhagen in 1931 that the conspiratorial approach was also being adopted in weakening people’s local loyalties:
“I will … repeat that we are at present working discreetly, but with all our might, to wrest this mysterious political force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local national states of the world, and all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
The Communists also deny with their lips what they are doing with their hands.
It may be, as Mr. Douglas Reed suggests in From Smoke to Smother, that Socialism and Communism are merely aspects of a much greater conspiracy, a conspiracy directed against the British Empire and Western Christian Civilisation. Conspiracies can only be defeated by widespread and effective exposure, particularly exposure of the “policy of inoculation” outlined by Mrs. Sidney Webb, whose Socialist activities were, in part, at least, made possible by the fortune she inherited from her father.
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