GBS: one of the first exponents and beneficiaries of celebrity culture

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 01.34.43The violence of Shaw’s ‘diseased imagination’ is evident, writes Dalrymple, and his later admiration for Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin ‘hardly comes as a surprise’, when you look at this sort of statement:

If the nation adopted the Fabian policy, it would be carried out by brute force exactly as our present property system is. It would become the law; and those who resisted it would be fined, sold up, knocked on the head by policemen, thrown into prison, and in the last resort ‘executed’ just as they are when they break the present law.

It’s from The Revolutionist’s Handbook & Pocket Companion, an appendix supplied (along with Maxims for Revolutionists) with copies of Man and Superman (1903).

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