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This paper presents an examination of the Fellowship of the New Life, a pioneering British socialist organization from the 1880s and 1890s. The paper outlines the organizations and some of the prominent individuals involved in the Fellowship, presents an overview of Fellowship analyses of existing society, and details their political programmes and actions. It shows that in both their analysis and their activities the Fellowship were very much of the socialist mainstream in their day. They rejected the dichotomies of their society, such as individual-society, ends-means and materialism- ethicalism, and they sought to combine these facets of life in both their thought and their political campaigns. The conclusion reached is that this complex, resourceful and potent group have been ill-served by being given the simplistic and pejorative label of 'ethical' socialism.
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Keywords: E.D. Gridlestone; Ethical socialism; Fabian; Herbert Rix; J.C. Kenworthy; John Bruce Wallace; Maurice Adams; Socialism; Thomas Davidson; W.J. Jupp; brotherhood; co-operation; coming day; commonwealth; commune; dualism; fellowship of new life; individualism; new order; seed-time

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: 2003-01-01

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