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5.0 out of 5 stars Bevan wishes freedom , not fear , to motivate all of us.
Aneurin Bevan's 'In Place of Fear' is indeed , as it's back cover claims , as relevant today as it was when it was written in the early 1950s. Atlee's great reforming postwar Labour government , in which Bevan held a key cabinet post , lost power to Churchill's Conservatives , despite outpolling Churchill , and getting more votes than they had got in 1945. Bevan's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars In place of fear
Some cracking one liners that are still pertinent today. I little on the rambling side though.
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by Mr. G. Flitcroft


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5.0 out of 5 stars Bevan wishes freedom , not fear , to motivate all of us., 16 Oct 1998
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Aneurin Bevan's 'In Place of Fear' is indeed , as it's back cover claims , as relevant today as it was when it was written in the early 1950s. Atlee's great reforming postwar Labour government , in which Bevan held a key cabinet post , lost power to Churchill's Conservatives , despite outpolling Churchill , and getting more votes than they had got in 1945. Bevan's key theme in this book is the necessity of organised political parties to bring about the alleviation of poverty and unemployment worldwide. He shows how 19th and early 20th century attempts by trade unions to gain reform by direct industrial action failed - because they did not have the political legitimacy that a democratic political party has in a political system where elected governments are the only acceptable rulers. Just like the late John Smith , leader of the British Labour party until his death in 1994 , Bevan believed that Democracy and Socialism (not Communism) go hand in hand. The unrestrained free-market , by taking away employment , income and housing from a small but constantly growing proportion of the population undermines democracy. What is the use of the right to vote if you are starving ? This is expressed most eloquently in his claim that 'Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the " greatest good of the greatest number " can excuse indifference to individual suffering'. Rather than an economy based on the attempt to frighten people into working harder by allowing many to fall into unemployment , poverty and homelessness pour les encouragement des outres , Bevan proposes that government provide for the basic needs of all through a comprehensive welfare system , motivating ourselves and others to achieve greater feats by a culture of mutual support and encouragement led by government action. The governments of the world must also co-operate to prevent the anarchy , instability and insecurity inherent in a purely free-market system. This is what the great architect of the British National Health Service proposed in place of the fear and insecurity produced by government non-interventionism and the resulting mass unemployment which took place between the wars and led to the rise to power of the Communists and Fascists - and so to the Second World War. Just as the British National Health Service which Bevan founded still survives and cares for it's patients , so also in the aftermath of the Cold War this book has much to say that is still relevant today if we wish to create a fairer world and avoid the rise of new Hitlers and Stalins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Place of Fear, 24 Dec 2012
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This book was written in 1951, it is as relevant today as it was then. Nye Bevan implemented the NHS and oversaw the rebuilding of homes after WWII. The book is a manifesto of Socialist thought. A must read in these times of austerity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Be audacious', 14 July 2014
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Really enjoyable. Very accessible language and converstional.Shows how the same problems that are affecting as now, have not changed and sets a bold plan of action to tackle this. Would highly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Place of Fear, 24 Nov 2013
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This book is a Christmas present for my daughter, who asked for it; she has strong socialist views and is very knowledgeable about politics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In place of fear, 28 Aug 2009
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Some cracking one liners that are still pertinent today. I little on the rambling side though.
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