Fabian Socialism

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Fabian socialism is a type of socialism founded in 1884 in Britain. It sought use of the democratic framework to achieve gradual conversion to socialism. This approach originated from the movement for utopian socialism. Its nine[1] founding members were Frank Podmore, Edward R. Pease, William Clarke, Hubert Bland,[2] Percival Chubb, Frederick Keddell,[1] Henry Hyde Champion,[3]Edith Nesbit,[4] and Rosamund Dale Owen.[2][1] Havelock Ellis is sometimes also mentioned as a tenth founding member, though there is some question about this.[1]

Important Fabians includes Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Annie Besant, and Bertrand Russell[5].

The Fabians were influential in forming the ideas of the British Labour Party


Coat of Arms

The Fabians have as their coat of arms, a wolf in sheep's clothing. It can be prominently seen in the Fabian Window.

London School of Economics

The LSE was founded in 1895 by leading Fabian members Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), Sidney Webb (Lord Passfield) (1859-1948), George Bernard Shaw, and Graham Wallas.

Further reading

Primary sources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (1961) The Story of Fabian Socialism. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-1163700105. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 (1962) Fabian Socialism and English Politics, 1884-1918. Cambridge University Press. 
  3. (1916) The History of the Fabian Society. 
  4. (1993) Australia's First Fabians: Middle-class Radicals, Labour Activists and the Early Labour Movement. Cambridge University Press. 
  5. The Rise and Fall of England: 11. The Fabian Thrust to Socialism. The Freeman (January 01, 1969).

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