The ‘Socialism’ of HG Wells

HG Wells with an Excited Crowd in the USSR (1934)

As Joseph Stalin correctly pointed-out in his interview with HG Wells in 1934 – Wells was certainly NOT a ‘common man’! He was of the bourgeois class and he was also a world-renowned author, visionary and science fiction writer! This being the case, why waste time assessing HG Wells? HG Wells is an important example of the best free-thinkers the British bourgeoisie can produce! Very few men or women of any class can compete with the mind of HG Wells from around the world (living outside of ‘Socialist’ countries). Obviously, the genius-level achieved by HG Wells through his unique (inherited) genetic blue-print and the privileges he undoubtedly enjoyed as a White, middle-class man – has mainstreamed (or is being ‘mainstreamed’) in the Socialist countries China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea and Laos, etc. Furthermore, the Communist Party structure around the world is organising the inner and outer working-class and upgrading proletariat humanity to the level of intelligence and imagination of outstanding (bourgeois) individuals such as HG Wells! What the bourgeois possess through historical ‘theft’ – the international working-class can achieve through universal equality and sharing! 

HG Wells described himself as a ‘Socialist’ but he certainly was not a Marxist. Like many bourgeois people who possess a good heart and a fair mind – he finds the writings of Marx and Engels ‘dangerous’ and ‘threatening’. He thinks – like Bertrand Russell – that Marx and Engels are attacking them personally, as individuals, rather than empowering the oppressed working class through their non-inverted ideas and clever sentences. The only violence found associated with Marxist-Leninism is the violence meted-out to the workers by the bourgeois-controlled police, military legal profession and judiciary. When the workers are forced to defend themselves – they are termed ‘violent’ by the likes of Wells and Russell! Due to his aversion to Marxism, Wells had a notion of Socialism that on the surface sounds very similar to developed-Trotskyism but Wells spoke highly of Joseph Stalin after meeting him – something no true Trotskyite would have considered doing. Wells advocated a mixed economy of capitalist-endeavour on the one-hand – and Socialist ‘fixed’ economy on the other. When he met Lenin in 1920, he explained that he felt that the ideology of capitalism could evolve in the direction of transcending or even ‘peacefully’ abolishing itself!  

Both Lenin and Stalin advised him that the idea that the bourgeoisie would willingly ‘give-up’ its class dominance, social control, cultural dominance and political power are next to zero! The bourgeoisie will never surrender its control of the means of production – as this dominance allows for the control of the entirety of society. The political system of the bourgeois will never allow the non-exploitation of the working-class – because it is this exploitation that ‘steals’ all the wealth from the workers that makes the bourgeoise lifestyle so luxurious and sought-after! The ideas that Wells expressed were still essentially ‘inverted’ because of his bourgeois background – but the impression one gets from reading his works is that he was certainly open to the idea of adopting a non-inverted mind-set and coming down on the side of the working-class! It was this willingness to ‘learn’ that marks Wells out from most of his fellow contemporaries. His work of science fiction, for instance, seems to take the Marxist idea that it is science rather than religion which should control the direction of the progressive development of society. In this sense, Wells seems half-way there – particularly as his views on the technological developments yet to come are very similar ‘Communist Futurism’ as founded by Vladimir Mayakovsky! This is premised upon the Marxist idea that science will one-day solve ALL of humanity’s problems on every front.  

HG Wells possessed a very lucid mind. This was partly the product of nature and partly of nurture. For the poorly educated working-class, however, it is not the playing fields of Eton that produce a similar effect in their minds, but rather their exposure to the works of Marx and Engels. Even the illiterate learns to think in a highly productive and effective manner when the works of Marx are read to them – such a transformative experience often leads to a rapid acquisition of the skills of reading and writing! Marx turns every worker into nothing less than a ‘king’ of his or her own destiny – developing the ability to think clearly and collectively and no longer ensnared by the selfish individuality associated with predatory capitalism. HG Wells does not understand just how the works of Marx transforms and empowers the ordinary working-class – as he learned to think clearly and arrange the alphabet blocks in a structured nursery with a full time Governess before going away to Boarding School already able to read and write and familiar with many literacy classics. Working-class children working in factories from the age of five certainly did not have these positive experiences! Like their parents, their bodies were brutality exploited by the bourgeois factory owners and business managers – people of the same class as HG Wells. This is a reality that HG Wells never seemed to have appreciated – but I think he definitely had potential. I also believe that he was a true friend of humanity – although he needed to work on his understanding of Marx and Engels!  

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