Sunday, November 27, 2005

Oswald Mosley & "The Futurist Manifesto."

The cranks who continue Mosley's fringe cult have (of course) a website, and appropriately it contains F.T. Marinetti's Futurist Manifesto -- one of the targets of Evelyn Waugh's satire in the text of Vile Bodies.

This supports the caution given repeatedly now in lecture that particular care is needed when making moral attributions of British individuals and their social and political systems, due to the uneven and deceptive way that the views of Edwardian individuals and the social systems that they manifest map onto our own political categories and assumptions. We have seen this, of course, in examples such as opposition to Free Trade coming from the Tory position exemplified by Madox Ford's character Christopher Tietjens in Parade's End

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