5th January 2011
India’s lucky escape from the extremes of Fabian socialism: The truth about George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw wrote wonderful plays. His plays (many of which I have read more than once) were my pleasant companions during school holidays. In some ways I have ranked him (till today) along with PG Wodehouse (who remains my ultimate favourite!).
He once wrote:"There is nothing more dangerous than the conscience of a bigot". And yet, that is precisely what he was. That's what I've found out today. He was not any ordinary bigot – but an extremely influential and dangerous one. He was the worst possible combination of an amoral (immoral) socialist and eugenist. He neither knew his science, nor economics, nor had a shred of humanity in his heart. All he did is write well. And spread his poisonous ideas far and wide.
I write this with deep regret since it is only today that have I found out about the real Shaw. So far he has been, in my mind, a great writer but otherwise harmless and fuzzy. Yes, I've thought of him as confused (because he was Fabian socialist), but not dangerous.
But one day can make a big difference. Today I've learnt about the dark side of Shaw. And it is REALLY DARK.
I accidentally came across a video on Facebook that led me to investigate further. By now I have confirmed that Shaw was indeed a direct supporter of Hitler and Mussolini, and supporter (even proposer) of the lethal gas (and gas chamber) concept used in Nazi Germany. From what I've read and seen, Shaw can't be rehabilitated again.
But what does this mean for India? Well, it was one lucky escape for us!
India's lucky escape from the extreme evil of Fabian socialism
Nehru and Shaw were both staunch Fabian socialists – and very good personal friends (see this picture below I found on the internet today – but I recall that a book on Nehru's pictures at home when I was a child contained other pictures of Nehru and Shaw, as well.)
Fabian socialism was an extremely dangerous creed – just like Marxist communism. It had a slightly different strategy and tactic, but the same goals. As John T. Flynn wrote: "the line between fascism and Fabian socialism is very thin. Fabian socialism is the dream. Fascism is Fabian socialism plus the inevitable dictator." (The Road Ahead, John T. Flynn, 1950, p. 149.) [Source]
India's tragedy – that I wrote about in BFN – stems essentially from Fabian influence on Nehru. But now that I see this dark side of the Fabians, I'm not sure if Nehru knew what he had signed up for. Did Nehru know about Shaw's dark, amoral side? Did Nehru understand that George Bernard Shaw advocated the most destructive combination of Marx's and Nietszche's ideas?
I don't know. But we do know that Nehru too was a great fan of Stalin and of communism. Clearly, things were on tenterhooks in India after independence, and India could have gone either way.
Luckily Shaw died in 1950, and could not poison Nehru's mind further. Had he lived, Nehru might have actively worked for a totalitarian state in India. But luckily Nehru also happened to be a genuine supporter of democracy – and some of Gandhi's love for mankind must surely rubbed off on him.
Therefore, while Nehru did many foolish things, he was never evil. He still remains on my shortlist of great Indian leaders.
India has been fortunate that Nehru's successors have been feeble-minded idiots who barely knew how to read. Had Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi possessed serious intellectual capability (being amoral as they were) they might have imposed true Fabian socialism on India and we might have seen genocides on a scale that would have made the Nazi genocides look like the stirring of a tea-pot.
There is only one thing worse than stupid socialists: Intelligent socialists!
But let me now show you why I've formed such a poor opinion about Bernard Shaw.
George Bernard Shaw: the evil, amoral socialist
[Disclaimer: I’ve not had the time to verify the following quotations. However, I have formed a view, based on my limited internet research, that this information is genuine. I’d appreciate being informed of errors.]
1. Gas chambers that use “HUMANE” lethal gas
At a meeting of the Eugenics Education Society of 3 March 1910 Shaw talked about the need to use a "lethal chamber". He said: "We should find ourselves committed to killing a great many people whom we now leave living, and to leave living a great many people whom we at present kill. We should have to get rid of all ideas about capital punishment …"
Now watch this entire video, below, in which he says: “I don’t want to punish anybody, but there are an extraordinary number of people who I might want to kill…I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come before a properly appointed board just as he might come before the income tax commissioner and say every 5 years or every 7 years…just put them there and say , ‘Sir or madam will you be kind enough to justify your existence…if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little bit more then clearly we cannot use the big organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive. Because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.’
Socialism: the idea of permission to live
Shaw and eugenics – the selective breeding of men
Extermination of the socially ‘incompatible’
Socialism and Superior Brains: The Political Thought of Bernard Shaw – by Gareth Griffith