chapter  Chapter I
The Sources of Fabian Socialism
WithEdward R. Pease
Pages 15

The Rev. Samuel Barnett in the same review a month earlier advocated Free Libraries and graduated taxation to pay for free education, under the title of “Practicable Socialism.” In April, 1883, Emile de Lavelaye described with alarm the “Progress of Socialism.” On the Continent,” he wrote,” Socialism is said to be everywhere.” The Socialists of earlier days had proposed segregated communities; then Co-operators had tried voluntary associations; the Positivists advocated moral suasion; the Chartists favoured force, physical or political; the Marxists talked revolution and remembered the Paris Commune. The Socialism of Robert Owen had made a profound impression on the working people of England half a century earlier, but the tradition of it was confined to those who had heard its prophet. The “Christian Socialist” was established by a band of persons some of whom were not Socialist and others not Christian.