Henry Arthur Jones

Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929) has not entirely faded into history as is attested to by the existence of his Wikipedia entry. A prolific playwright from the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, about whom Oscar Wilde said this:

“There are three rules for writing plays. The first rule is not to write like Henry Arthur Jones; the second and third rules are the same.”

My acquaintance with Mr Jones has come through my just having finished reading his wondrous 1921 political tract, My Dear Wells: A Manual for the Haters of England, whose perspective is perhaps better displayed by its subtitle, “Being a Series of Letters Upon Bolshevism, Collectivism, Internationalism, and the Distribution of Wealth Addressed to Mr H.G. Wells”. So whatever rules there may be about writing plays, the three rules for writing political tracts might be summarised as: the first rule is to write like Henry Arthur Jones; the second and third rules would then be the same.

What is particularly wondrous is that the book could have come off the press this morning, how up-to-date he is in singling out the fools on the left who seem not to have learned a thing in the hundred years since then. Mr Jones was infuriated by Wells’s support for Lenin and the Revolution which had just then taken place in Russia. I had not been aware that the horrors that were visited upon the Russian people had been immediately recognised for what they were and discussed across the world. Jones’ replies to Wells’s own writings highlights the cruel indifference typically shown by the left, seen today in how the horrors in Venezuela are being downplayed by the media and the socialists amongst us. Other people’s tragedies must never be allowed to impede progressives in their will to visit the same tragedies on us as well. The left were vile then and are equally vile now. Here is a bit to see just how contemporary it all is:

Make a list of the richest and most powerful men in Western European and American civilization. Quite a large number of them are men who have made themselves rich and powerful, not by intercepting the wealth and influence that other men have created for mankind, but by their own conspicuous ability, by severe self-denial, by thrift, by constant strain of hard thought and hard work. By these means many of them have created vast quantities of wealth for others, and have eased the conditions of living for large populations of workers, and have otherwise conferred lasting benefits on their fellows. I do not say that some of these rich and powerful men may not have received larger rewards than were justly their due, I do not say that some of them may not have gained some of their wealth by dishonest means. There is no possible way of adjusting any scale of measurement. The thing for you to notice is that in your Collectivist State you are not likely to have many of these benefactors, for in denying them the rewards of money, power, honour and influence, you take away from them all incentive to train their natural ability, to practise thrift and self-denial, to scorn base trivial delights, and to spend themselves in constant thought and labour. Notice the result in Russia of suppressing and persecuting out of existence this enterprising type. (Jones 1921: 183)

Socialists never change. Grasping, greedy and envious to the end, ignorant even of the basics on how wealth is created so that what is produced may be shared out amongst us. These socialists are the curse of the earth.

LET ME ADD THIS: Via Instapundit this morning: Your Socialism Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad. The promise of free stuff plus “equality” has a powerful attraction many find hard to resist. Now we also add in containing climate change as one more part of the socialist magic act. Just vote us in and we will tax and spend our way to stopping the seas from rising.

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5 Responses to Henry Arthur Jones

  1. Ainsley Hayes

    Henry sounds marvellous. H G Wells on the other hand was a eugenicist and a nasty piece of work I gather.

  2. Rafe Champion

    He was a busy man. You have to go to about page 5 of this list to find My Dear Wells.

  3. J.H.

    Socialism. The ideology of deceit.

  4. The BigBlueCat

    I find it interesting how Soros, the Clintons, Obama et al never make it into the list of the rich who need their wealth redistributed. Instead, we find these very same people aligning themselves to those who want to see the “1%” taxed more “fairly” and otherwise stripped of their wealth, using Venezuela as their Socialist utopian model. They also model themselves on Islamic totalitarianism, where religious fervour for “the cause” (whatever the ordre de jour is) is not just encouraged it is mandated. Useful idiots indeed!

    The various Socialist agencies in our midst (you know who they are) would gladly take your assets by force, and despite claiming that those in Socialist regimes are living the high-life (comparatively speaking) are hell-bound to ensuring we lead an existence based on severe lack.

  5. John A

    LET ME ADD THIS: Via Instapundit this morning: Your Socialism Is Bad and You Should Feel Bad. The promise of free stuff plus “equality” has a powerful attraction many find hard to resist. Now we also add in containing climate change as one more part of the socialist magic act. Just vote us in and we will tax and spend our way to stopping the seas from rising.

    Whenever I see this “equality” thing it reminds me of the story of the Russian Communist speaking to a group of provincial Frenchmen about the glories of the revolution to come, their part in it, and the resulting equalisation of wealth – “everyone will enjoy their 5,000 francs when victory is complete!” After the meeting, one fellow handed in his resignation, and when asked “what about that pot of gold: your 5,000 francs?”, he replied “I already have 10,000.francs.”

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