“For in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark. And they knew not until the flood came and took them all away” – JESUS CHRIST (Matthew 24:38-39).
Lloyd George became the Chancellor of the Exchequer after the 1906 general election. This position controls the HM Treasury and is responsible for all economic and financial matters. He leaped into sudden and lurid notoriety with a succession of social welfare reforms which laid the foundation for the modern English welfare state. These policies were much the same as the New Deal introduced from 1933-1937.
Lloyd George viewed these sweeping policies as purely social arrangements to aid the underprivileged people of England. In the mind of his Liberal Party and to the rest of civilized England the measures were merely defensible social reforms wholly consistent with the humanitarian principles of the party, and in no way an attack upon the British system of private ownership; the Labour Party however viewed the changes as a prelude to more vigorous action. What is more, the Socialist Fabian Planners controlling the Labour Party saw the “reforms” in altogether different light: these were policies by which the entire government would be taken over. At this point Americans must be sure to see with clarity the pitfalls which opened before England and which now spread before our own country.
Actually, many of the early British Socialists were little more than welfare reformers. They did not truly understand the immense implications of socialism. They saw themselves as compassionate souls who wanted to “make life fair” and equitable for everyone. Their reforms, they insisted, were an improvement of general economic policy. These were progressive policies, so they thought, that would obviously benefit everyone. George Bernard Shaw mocked the early reformers, calling them “Socialists of the heart rather than the head.” They were much akin to the well-intentioned, but short-sighted, liberals in our beloved America who do not have the faintest conception of the terrible explosive with which they are toying.
The Fabians had larger plans for England. They would not only overhaul the organization of the political state, but also transform the vast and complex production and distribution machinery of the entire nation. Their vision was far-reaching, touching every aspect of life and would entail the most extensive alterations in the structure of government.
Meanwhile, the British Labour Party became more powerful in Parliament. It had 42 members by 1910 and the capture of labor unions was complete. The old Liberal Party had also become a prisoner of the Fabians and could move in no direction without the permission of the Labour Party.
The whole of society will have become a single office and a single factory with equality of work and equality of pay. – NIKOLAI LENIN (1917)
To be continued …