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H. G. Wells

The Waning Status of the "Intellectual"

 The death of H. G. Wells and the celebration of the ninetieth birthday of G. B. Shaw is a reminder of the social influence of a group of which they were outstanding representatives. Wells may have been a first-class novelist and Shaw an equally first-class dramatist, but what concerns us is their advocacy of the pernicious doctrine of “ intellectualism,” based upon a mythical middle-class layer of society; this group of self-styled intellectuals have so often, during the post hundred years, striven to control the working-class movement, basing their claim to leadership upon the alleged incapacity of the workers to handle their own affairs. Although the modern claim is rooted in the losing battle of small and pushful proprietors for independence and for protection against the crushing power of large industry, it is not new in history.

Book Review: H. G. Wells on the Home

 Will Socialism Destroy The Home? by H. G. Wells (I.L.P. 1d.)

Two points are introduced in this pamphlet, with both of which we disagree. The first is the idea of remuneration under Socialism being relative to the size of the family. The second is the suggestion of municipal baby-farm for children of unworthy parents.

 With regard to remuneration, all Socialists will object to the proposal “to make a payment to the parents for their children.”

Editorial: Middle-Class 'Socialism'

In a communication to the Magazine of Commerce, Mr. H. G. Wells, whom the Clarion hails as a "prominent Socialist," gives his views as to whether a capable business man stands to gain or lose by the coming of a Socialist Government.

    "I submit," says Mr. H. G. Wells, "that, on the whole, he stands to gain. Let me put down the essential points in his outlook as I conceive them.

    " Under a Socialist legislation:—

    " He will be restricted from methods of production and sale that are socially mischievous.

    " He will pay higher wages.

    " He will pay a higher proportion of his rate-rent out-goings to the State and municipality and less to the landlord.

    " These items in his outlook the business man may contemplate with doubt, but, on the other hand,

    " He will get better educated, better fed, and better trained workers.

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