The Cautious Revolution: Britain Today and Tomorrow

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CHAPTER XXI
Some Personal Comments

I want to make it clear from the start that this chapter is a patch- work of personal opinions. As a whole, this book is concerned with events and comments on those events, the comments of a fallible man at least attempting to be objective. This chapter cannot help being subjective, since it is concerned mainly with ideas. The three ideas I wish to discuss are the nature of socialism in Britain; prospects for Anglo-American relations, and nuclear fission.

I have the impression that in the United States the word "socialism" has come to have a black-and-white meaning. It seems to be used, mainly by people who believe in free enterprise, as a description interchangeable with communism, indicating the existence of a slave state or police state; in any case something wholly bad. If such a view exists, it seems to me superficial, misleading and at variance with the facts.

Here let me enter a caveat. I do not believe that there can be any simple yet satisfactory definition of socialism in the abstract, because I do not believe that there can be a satisfactory text-book definition of any political system in the abstract. A political system is an expression of the life of a nation or political group; it is the life that it leads, and it cannot be reduced to a formula. The political system in Britain today, whatever the adjective used to describe it, is a product of British history, British economics, British geology and British climate. Each of these is absolutely unique, and their sum is likewise unique. If the United States, for example, were to "go socialist," the pattern its government would then assume might well be more different from that in Britain than it is at present.

The first point I would like to clear up is whether socialism is identical with communism. The simplest illustration of the difference between the two is, I think, that it would be impossible to think

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