Fabianism

Discipline: Political Science

British theory of socialism associated with the Fabian Society; particularly with its leading early members Beatrice and Sidney Webb (1859-1943 and 1858-1947). Named after Roman general Q Fabius Maximus Verrucosus ( -203) - nicknamed 'Cunctator' meaning 'the delayer' - who won his battles by slow attrition of the enemy.

Capitalist societies are evolving peacefully towards the highest form of rational organization through a state organized both locally and centrally, which is socialism.

The most effective means of assisting this development is thorough research and the dissemination of information.

Source:
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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