The Fabian Society, therefore, has remained consistent in its dedication to the concept that radical change is best accomplished slowly over time through small victories than by trying the tack of full scale revolutionary overthrow of the status quo. In this way, the Fabian Society has had success in influencing government policy far better than other more famous and radically charged radical political organizations. The Fabians attempt to direct change through policy reform. While this is hardly as exciting as lobbying Molotov Cocktails in the street or hopping aboard Greenpeace boats to block whaling ships, the fact that the Fabians are still alive and relatively well perhaps says much. The primary methodology of establishing a wave of radical change has been through their much-heralded tracts. One of the very first of these booklet-length political tracts published by the Fabian Society was something called simply A Manifesto and it was written by none other then George Bernard Shaw. Indeed, the author of many of the Fabian Society’s tracts was George Bernard Shaw, and several others were written by other high-profile British literary lights.
Over the years, the Fabian Society grew in stature and influence. In fact, the Fabian Society was part of the fabric of political theory and thought that would eventually result in the creation of the British Labour Party. The Fabians primary role in the rose to power of the Labour Party would in the form of becoming the Party’s agent of research, as well as the agent for education and agitation. The 1930’s witnessed the Fabians falling off substantially in terms of influence, and barely survive into the war years. The post-war years may be fairly said to be the glory years for the Fabians as so many of their liberal theories were adopted and finally put into practice. By the time Margaret Thatcher ascended to introduce the New Conservatism of Reaganomics, however, the corruption that had ingratiated itself into the liberal welfare state had made diminished their power once again. In fact, they have not quite ever recovered from the damage to England done by the Thatcherites and the conservatism of Labour Party PM Tony Blair was essentially a slap in the face of the founding tenets of the Fabians.