inverted pyramid of credit ought to appeal to this neo-mystic, but apparently he has never heard of it.

" Shaw is guilty of insincerity in his repetition of bankers' propaganda that Social Credit was tried and had failed in Alberta. What actually failed was a democratic appeal, carried as far as the Privy Council, to allow Social Credit to be tried by the people who had voted for it. At present the Albertan Social Credit Government, recently re-elected in the teeth of a campaign of vilification unique in electoral history, is the only one that can show an excess of revenue over expenditure, coincident with an improvement in the well-being of the people.

" Shaw is guilty (if a man can be guilty of a disease) of insanity, because Fabian Socialist Russia, with its record of misery and mass murder, is a projection into reality of the Shavian economic and sociological fantasy.

" Shaw should have stuck to the theatre, where illusions can be safely presented, and where, on the fall of the curtain, the playwright's victims come to life."

Knowing nothing whatever about the alleged science of economics, I have nothing to add.


9. COMRADE SHAW AND UNCLE JOE

DID the Labour Party ever seek your advice on policy when they were in power?" I once asked Shaw.

"I was the last person they would have dreamed of consulting," he answered. "Anyhow, they were none of them scientific Socialists. Philip Snowden was a liberal Cobdenite; Ramsay MacDonald became another name for Stanley Baldwin. What does it mean when a man says he's a member of the Church of England? He's probably never read the Thirty- Nine Articles. And a man cannot possibly know anything about Socialism unless he has read my works."

The humbug and incompetence of the British Parliament, and the utter failure of the Labour leaders to do anything but talk, disgusted Shaw more and more; and some of his enthusiasm for the Russian experiment is explained by the fact that the Bolsheviks at least tried to do things and were not afraid to confess their failures, to prove which he told me the following:

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  • Title Page iii
  • To Eleanor O'Connell v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Trials of a Biographer 1
  • I. a Back Number 3
  • 3. the Mythical G.B.S. 5
  • 4. Lies and Libels 8
  • 5. No Laughing Matter 13
  • 6. Sexless Appeal 21
  • 10. a Shavian Production 45
  • A Postscript 59
  • 11. Shaw Criticizes His Biographer 61
  • 13. Stella and Isadora 73
  • 15. a New Alphabet 75
  • 16. Playwright or Propagandist? 79
  • 17. Shaw Dictates His Obituary 84
  • 18. Pilgrims at Ayot 86
  • 9 Three Score Years and Thirty 88
  • 20. a Bardic Battle 90
  • 23. Bewitched 103
  • Aspects of Shaw 117
  • 24. the Man 119
  • 26. the Reformer 122
  • 27. His First Appearance 125
  • 28. an Obituary 127
  • 29. the Modern Methuselah 133
  • Index 135
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