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4 It should be recorded here that the only two Fabian Essayists present at this foundation meeting were Hubert Bland, who 25 26 GRAHAM WALLAS AND THE GREAT SOCIETY remained an Executive Committee Member ofthe Society from its birth unit! I9I I, and William Clarke. G. B. Shaw joined the Fabians in September I884, and Sydney Olivier and Sidney Webb became members in March I885. Graham Wallas, who was introduced to the Society through Webb and Olivier, did not become a member until April I 886, although he had for several years previously been meeting regularly with other members of the 'Hampstead Group'.
Every progressive thinker or politician agrees that no permanent cure for this inefficiency [of modern British industry] can be brought about unless the wealth we produce is distributed with greater fairness, and unless, in the complicated subdivision of modern industry, the producers can be made to see more clearly and to feel more warmly that each man's work is a service rendered to the whole community. The first task, therefore, of our generation is to make men desire a larger measure of social equality and to realize the meaning of social service.
45 In 1887 and 1888 Wallas, along with other Fabians, spoke from time to time to the Hammersmith branch of Morris' Socialist League and followed keenly Morris' interpretation of the ways to socialist change. In a lecture in 1892 he expressed, in words that were reminiscent of Ruskin and Owen, his views on the goals of the good society. Shall the working hours of the day be looked upon as a period of discomfort, made as short as possible and only endured because they produce the material means of happiness for the consuming hours?