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when the Gold Standard was still an article of faith with the leaders of
Labour.
As a Socialist Minister he challenged the lack of courage and the lack of
leadership in the Socialist Party—deficiencies which involved, inevitably,
the catastrophe of 1931.
The collapse in one miserable week of the whole policy towards which
half a century of working-class effort had been directed, convinced
Mosley of the utter inadequacy of the Social Democratic methodology to
meet the problems of the modern world. To him, the surrender of the
Labour Movement in the moment of capitalist crisis, anticipated by Marx
and prophesied from thousands of Labour platforms, was as ridiculous as
if the Salvation Army were "to take to their heels on the Day of
Judgment."
As Mussolini, the only Italian Socialist for whom Lenin had respect,
turned from Marxism to seek the expression of the Latin soul through a
disciplined national movement of the Italian people, so Mosley now
sought within himself and among the unknown soldiers of the fields and
factories of Britain, for an inspiration which would raise men from out of
the muddy complacency of a vulgar materialism to those Promethean
heights whence man may see the steel-white dawn of the revolutionary
future.
In the autumn of 1932 the British Union of Fascists took form, with
Oswald Mosley as Leader. It was a challenge to all the most powerful
forces of the established order in Britain. Mosley challenged the system
of financial capitalism, by which the great banks and insurance
companies had fastened their grip upon the whole economic life of Great
Britain.
He challenged the expert dogma—accepted by all the "Old Gang" parties
— whereby the fabric of international capitalism was considered of more
importance than the individual and collective well-being of the workers
of Britain.
He challenged the corrupt working of the so-called democratic system,
whereby party machines with colossal monetary resources were enabled
to establish "caucus-regimes" utterly unrepresentative of any of the
integral social elements in the country.
He challenged the so-called "free press" dominated by millionaire
company-promoters who were themselves subordinate to the great
financial and advertising interests on whom their revenue depended. He