James Alexander

in Shaw’s Controversial Socialism

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033723
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038117 | DOI:

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This book has explained Shaw's Socialism in terms of something else: in terms of its controversial interactions with Liberalism and Marxism. The argument has been that Shaw faced this way and that; he defended some sort of Socialism from many rival doctrines but especially, definitively, and repeatedly, the doctrines of Marxism and Liberalism. Shaw remained conciliatory to revolution. He still believed that revolution was the end, and sometimes he spoke as if it were also the means. Shaw's doctrines were considered controversial by his critics for exactly this reason. Critics who had a substantive conception of the good had a less abstract sense of what they thought was wrong with Shaw. Lenin, who never met Shaw, famously declared in 1919 that he was “a good man” who had “fallen among Fabians”. But many other Marxists blamed Shaw himself and not the Fabians for what they thought was his opportunism and relativism.

Keywords: Marxism; Liberalism; George Shaw; revolution; Fabianism

Chapter.  6025 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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