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Amendment of Political Machinery. - George Bernard Shaw, Fabian Essays in Socialism 
Fabian Essays in Socialism, ed. G. Bernard Shaw, American Edition Ed. by H.G. Wilshire, (New York: The Homboldt Publishing Co., 1891).
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Amendment of Political Machinery.
Object.—To obtain the most accurate representation and expression of the desires of the majority of the people at every moment.
Means.—1. Reform of registration so as to give a vote, both Parliamentary and municipal, to every adult. 2 Abolition of any period of residence as a qualification for registration. 3. Bi-annual registration by special public officer. 4. Annual Parliaments. 5. Payment of election expenses, including postage of election addresses and polling cards. 6. Payment of all public representatives, parliamentary, county, or municipal. 7. Second ballot. 8. Abolition or painless extinction of the House of Lords.36
This is the program to which a century of industrial revolution has brought the Radical workingman. Like John Stuart Mill,37 though less explicitly, he has turned from mere political Democracy to a complete, though unconscious, Socialism.38 39 .
[36.]It need hardly be said that schemes of "free land," peasant proprietorship, or leasehold enfranchisement, find no place in the modern program of the Socialist Radical, or Social Democrat. They are survivals of the Individualistic Radicalism which is passing away. Candidates seeking a popular "cry" more and more avoid these reactionary proposals.
[37.]"Autobiography," p. 231-2. See No. 2, of this Social Science Library.
[38.]For a forecast of the difficulties which this program will have to encounter, as its full scope and intention become more clearly realized, see the eighth essay in this volume, by Hubert Bland.
[39.]In America, Socialists demand at once the popular election of President and Senate, and the nationalization of means of transportation and communication.—Am. Ed.