Economics, said Mr Stanley, is 50% psychology … What we need, apparently, is not statesman but hypnotists, not scientists, but witchdoctors, not confidence born of scientific prediction of the future, but confidence created by a political Confidence Trick. There is nothing surprising in this. It is the kind of mystic Mumbo-Jumbo to which capitalism is driven when austere reason pronounces sentence of death upon it. It is the primitive recoil from reality and the burdens of reality which lies at the root of Fascist psychology.
Tribune, 5 November 1937: Aneurin Bevan
I have been asked in the past whom in the whole political spectrum do I most admire? There are a few, Marx, Engels, Smith, Benn, Hardy – so many more but one still stands out – Aneurin Bevan. I relate to him more than most because he said what I have felt for most of my limited political thinking life. He, and I, hate the Tory party. Not necessarily Tories, they, I believe, are merely misguided souls – bereft of human compassion. Leaked of life that they have to loath those who are without so that they can have. How attacking the very people whom are most vulnerable in any society is of political gain is beyond me. Yet, for those who both watch Jezza Kyle, drive their white vans, blue-rinse, read the Mail it is a virtue. A virtue that will lead to they becoming 0.0003p richer – of which they are gladly grateful for as as they are, we all should be.
I believe that history is one of the greatest tools of human expansion, one that is rarely used to full effect.
We now see a new fight in the US, a country that would have very little, if not no knowledge of Bevan; today. Multi-millionaires fighting for the scraps of power benefited to them by wealth. One who lies openly, one who uses statistics to promote their cause – neither converting the other’s supporters to any respective cause because of entrenched beliefs.
It is not going to change any time soon.
That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of Lord Woolton. He is a very good salesman. If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.
Speech on 3 July 1948 at the Bellevue Hotel, on eve of the entry into force of the National Health Service.
Their propaganda is good, they took lessons from Goebbels himself – and it is you that have to remind yourselves that it will not be you who fights the great fight, it will be your children, and even your childrens children – all because it was you who did not listen to history. Do not let the vileness that is Conservatism dress itself in clothing of capitalism decimate, once again, the working-class, the middle-class.
Whether you agree now, or agree later, Toryism/Conservatism/Capitalism is at the very centre of fascism. Let history warn you well