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Mosley – Books

Fascism:100 Questions Asked & Answered(1931) – In this pre-War book written in convenient Question and Answer form by Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists challenges the simplistic nature of the stereotypical image. It acknowledges that if he had been elected to power political party warfare would have been brought to an end.

My Life – Mosley’s autobiography.

Fascism For The Million – In this book Mosley explains how his British Corporate State would empower working people, offer women the freedom to realise their full potential and prevent economic recession from putting millions of unemployed on the dole ever again. Mosley argues that Fascism was for the Millions – not the Millionaires.

The Alternative – The publication of The Alternative not only marked the inauguration of Union Movement, Oswald Mosley’s post-War political party, but the launch of his master concept of ‘Europe a Nation’ that remained the enduring theme of the rest of his life. Mosley’s vision of a United Europe stretching from the Urals to the Atlantic, had little in common with the present European Union, essentially, Mosley wanted Europe to speak with one voice on what mattered – defence, foreign affairs and economic policy – whilst leaving all other matters to national governments. In this way, the cultural integrity of Europe would be maintained whilst allowing the new Europe to become the pre-eminent world order. In The Alternative Mosley warns of the “barbarians of the Modern Age” named – Mob and Money, both of which meant the destruction of European values and civilisation. Mosley also discusses his ideas for the development of science, and art, and the calls for the emergence of a new type of political leader: the Thought-Deed Man, or Soldier Poet, who could both think and act. He concludes the book with his greatest contribution to philosophy in which he interprets the meaning of life expressed in his Doctrine of Higher Forms. Oswald Mosley considered The Alternative to be the magnum opus of his writings. It was also his message to posterity, and one that provides a philosophical basis for future generations of Europeans.

The Greater Britain – The publication of the first edition of ‘The Greater Britain’ coincided with the formation of the British Union of Fascists by Oswald Mosley in 1932. It provided hope and inspiration for tens of thousands of British men and women seeking an end to the Great Depression – and an alternative to communism and capitalism. In this important book Mosley set out his plans for a new economic order – and a new system of government to implement it. This would involve Britain’s withdrawal from the chaos of world markets into a self-sufficient trading area based on Great Britain and her Empire. It was argued that this alone could free the people from exploitation by International Finance which used cheap labour in Asia and the Far East to undercut British and Empire workers – resulting in the destruction of our major industries. The book also outlines an alternative to ‘sham democracy’ and its replacement by a British Corporate State. Under this proposal all working people would share the profits they helped to create and they would be empowered by voting along vocational rather than 19th. Century geographic lines. Other chapters deal with ‘The State and the Citizen’, a new concept of public service, and ‘Fascism and its Neighbours’, the new movement’s attitude towards foreign relations and defence. Any understanding of what the Modern Movement really stood for in Great Britain is incomplete without having read ‘The Greater Britain’.

Tomorrow We Live – ‘Tomorrow We Live’ (1938) by Oswald Mosley is the book whose style most closely resembles the emotive tone of his speeches. There was good reason for this: British Union, the Movement that Mosley led, was by now engaged in a life or death struggle to avert the coming War that would cost 60-million people their lives. With great clarity Mosley restates his policies that would save Britain from recurring Slump and draws the line between anti-Semitism and his own necessary criticism of certain Jewish interests. Then he reminds the reader that ‘Mankind has no greater enemy than War and War has no greater enemy than British Union’. He contrasts the policy of the British government, to threaten powerful nations with war whilst maintaining minimal defence forces, with his own policy, of threatening no other country but having the strongest army, navy and air force in the world. Mosley advocates that Britain should only fight if Britain is attacked. To travel round the world starting wars with other countries because we don’t approve of their system of government would condemn Britain to perpetual war – there is always some country somewhere of which to disapprove. He also addresses the charge of continental influence: “We do not borrow ideas from foreign countries and we have no ‘models’ abroad for a plain and simple reason. We are proud enough of our own people to believe that once Britain is awake our people will not follow but will lead Mankind. In this deep faith we hold that no lesser destiny is worthy of our people than that the whole world shall find in Britain an example.”

Mosley: Right Or Wrong – ‘Mosley: Right or Wrong?’ explores the ideas of the man many claimed was the most creative political thinker of the twentieth century. The book uses a concise question and answer format to give Oswald Mosley’s solutions to major problems still afflicting the world today. He suggests an alternative to both Communism and Capitalism and describes his version of a United Europe free from the flaws inherent in today’s European Union. Mosley’s answers also cover world nuclear disarmament, a fairer system of ownership of industry, restructured banking that puts the needs of people first and why mass immigration is against the true interests of both Third World and British people. Looking back over his long lifetime, he discusses how Britain could have avoided the Second World War and still neutralised any threat from Nazi Germany. And he explains why he never considered himself an anti-semite regardless of his pre-War argument with some Jewish interests. Mosley had an answer for everything and you will find 300 of them in this fascinating book. Although first published in 1961, such was his forward thinking that the issues are just as relevant today. In this book Mosley demonstrates his belief that there is no problem in the world that cannot be overcome by the application of human thought. Was Mosley right or wrong? You the reader can decide

Britain First – A verbatim report of Oswald Mosley’s speech to 20,000 British Union members held at Earls Court in July, 1939 – which remains the largest indoor political meeting ever held. Oswald Mosley speaks about the threat of war, and he answers those who were calling for a war with Germany. It is a detailed speech and shows exactly the attitude of British Union as war approached.

We Fight For Freedom – In this British Union of Fascist’s publication the writer explains BUF policy, and attitude to the issue of personal liberty, freedom of expression, and political freedom under a British Fascist State. The author addresses the criticism that British Fascism would curtail personal and political freedom, by explaining the fact that democracy and liberty are for all practical purposes illusions perpetuated by the financial and political elite in order to retain the political and economic status quo. The author suggests that real democracy can only exist as a product of good government, and economic liberation, and only the BUF sought to challenge both “financial” democracy one the one hand, and the inevitable tyranny of the Trade Union “block vote” and Communism on the other. The BUF proposed an electoral system based on “occupational” rather than on a geographic basis in order to overcome the “undemocratic” influence of vested financial and political interests in the political process, and to break the stranglehold of “International Finance” over government policy that still exists today. Other chapter include, The Press, Freedom of Speech and Public Meetings, Freedom of Women, Freedom of Writers and Artists, Academic Freedom and numerous other issues related to liberty and personal freedom.

Last Words: Broadsheets 1970-1980 – Oswald Mosley was possibly the most controversial politician of the twentieth century. Many believe he was the greatest thinker of his age, he was certainly the finest orator of his generation. After service in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, he entered parliament determined to ensure good jobs and decent homes for all. He became a Minister in the Labour Government with a special responsibility for ending unemployment. When that Government refused to act he resigned forming first the New Party and later the British Union of Fascists. In the latter he devised policies to create full employment through a British Corporate State and more effective government through an Occupational Franchise. Mosley was almost alone in opposing the Second World War with his policy of ‘Peace with Honour, Empire Intact and British People Safe.’ For speaking against that War, which was to cost 60-million lives, Mosley and over 1000 of his most active followers were imprisoned without charge or trial in 1940. After the War Mosley formed the Union Movement with a new policy of ‘Britain First in Europe a Nation’. His concept of a United Europe was light years ahead of contemporary thinking on European unity and his version is still considered by many to be far superior to the European Union of today. In the last decade of his life, Mosley produced the series of Broadsheets contained in this book. In these remarkable texts he combined intellect with experience as he turned his attention to the problems of recession, irresponsible banking, mass immigration, exploitation of Third World peoples as cheap labour, the global rise in food and energy prices and unrelenting armed conflict throughout the world. If the problems sound familiar, Mosley’s solutions contained in these Broadsheets most certainly won’t