CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typescript signed (''Winston S. Churchill''), n.d. [ca. 1931]. 10 pages, 4to, punch holes with slight chipping at top left corners autograph emendations in ink and pencil in Churchill's and an editor's hand.
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typescript signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), n.d. [ca. 1931]. 10 pages, 4to, punch holes with slight chipping at top left corners autograph emendations in ink and pencil in Churchill's and an editor's hand.
THE "TERRIBLE RUSSIAN EXPERIEMENT" IS "DOOMED TO GIGANTIC FAILURE"
Churchill launches a spirited attack on Socialism and Russian communism in response to the ideas he read in a 14 February issue of the new Week End Review," which glibly called for the organizing of British industries under state control. After citing a few of their bromides, Churchill jibes that it would be as wise to proclaim that "Human nature will be reformed by eliminating its bad and selfish qualities but without using undue pressure or interfering with normal habits." The real-world consequences of such ideas are, however, no laughing matter. "The plan is for a rose-water revolution and for the establishment of Bolshevism by consent. What is to happen if the rose-water runs short or the consent is not forthcoming, is only lightly touched upon." He detects a similarity to the ideas of Oswald Mosley, whom he sees as a rising and dangerous political force, bent on grafting "Socialism on to the steady, growing strength of tory protection."
"The root fallacy which underlies both these excursions," Churchill writes, "consists in the assumption that the State or public agencies under the State, would be better wealth-getters for the public than private enterprise. This Socialist delusion cannot be too mercilessly exposed." It is helpful to look to the "terrible Russian experiment which is in progress...Here is a community of 180 millions absolutely in the grip of the State, dependent upon the will of the rulers for every task they are appointed, and for every mouthful they eat." The Soviet planned economy may wreak havoc on the Russian people, "but the theory which has animated the experiment is doomed amid gigantic manifestations to gigantic failure."