Hyndman, Henry Mayers


Hyndman, Henry Mayers
(1842–1921)
   Hyndman was an early proponent and propagator of Marxism in Great Britain. He founded the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in 1883, which up to World War I was the most influential and significant advocate of Marxist ideas in Britain. He combined Marxism with a belief in patriotism and in the progressive role of the British Empire. A firm belief in the correctness of his own views and intolerance of dissent contributed to splits in and defections from the SDF. He also neglected the trade unions and other labor organizations and supported the war effort in 1914, both views losing him and his party support on the left. In 1909 Hyndman formed the British Socialist Party in an unsuccessful attempt to create an alliance of Marxists and other socialists. His writings included Socialism Made Plain (1883) and The Historical Basis of Socialism (1883).

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