A young group of English intellectuals who were active as writers, artists, art critics and economists made a huge impact on English society when they met for discussions in the Bloomsbury area of London after their college years in the early part of the 20th century.
The Bloomsbury Group shared a socialistic worldview and was in some sense an adjunct to the Fabian Society. However, the Bloomsbury focus on pleasure did, perhaps, put them at odds with the Fabians, who believed in active political subversion to bring socialism into society.
The best-known members of the group, John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, and E. M. Forster, made numerous contributions to the literary world as well as the world of economics. In 1927, Woolf wrote a classic in gay fiction. The book argued that love and passion ignore gender.
Almost everything about Bloomsbury appears to be controversial, including its membership and the name. It is now generally accepted that the lives and works of the group members show an interconnected similarity of attitudes and ideas that helped to keep the relatives and friends within the group together.
They had firm convictions about the nature of human consciousness and its relationship with nature, and shared a fundamental belief about the separateness of individuals, which involves love as well as isolation. The 1920s were the golden years of the Bloomsbury Group. E. M. Forster completed A Passage to India, still the most highly regarded novel on English imperialism in India. Virginia Woolf wrote and published her most widely-read modernist essays and novels.
Art and philosophy would seem to be a "good." But the elitism of the Bloomsbury Group and the high social position of its members helped make Britain into the chaotic and authoritarian society that it is today.
John Maynard Keynes virtually reinvented central banking, with all the destruction that it brings through its boom and bust cycles. Virginia Woolf, with her exquisite prose, provided an artistic endorsement for fundamentally totalitarian ideas. For those who believe in freedom and free societies, there is nothing much positive to say about the heritage of the Bloomsbury Group.
Much has been written about the Bloomsbury Group's sexual idiosyncrasies, but these are merely a distraction from the real issue. The social and economic subversion performed by the Bloomsbury Group on behalf of the Anglosphere power elite and its central-bank dominated families continues to play out destructively today.
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