Richard Henry “R. H.” Tawney was a major figure in the development of English socialist thought, as may be attested by the hordes of body-snatchers who have claimed his posthumous allegiance.
Reading the modern polemics in the 1980’s, sometimes it seems that every part of the Labour Party was convinced that it had been inspired by his work. Fiercely radical, hard-headed, and determined upon a relentless struggle for equality, democracy in industry and human fellowship.
He is remembered for his vigorous polemics against the MacDonald betrayal, his passionate attacks upon privilege and the House of Lords, and his insistent commitment to a through-going socialism.