V: BERNARD SHAW AND AMERICA WHEREVER I wandered in the United States. Individuals leaped out upon me from holes and hedges with the question pointed like a pistol, with all the promptitude of a gun in the hand of a gunman: “How is Bernard Shaw?” It is not stunning that they need to be fascinated by Bernard Shaw; so are all of us, nonetheless much we disagree with him, eager about that now thoroughly enthroned and authoritative Grand Outdated Man; and there are a few facts in his concept that the Americans are especially focused on him because he abuses People and will not come to America. I feel it very doable that more conservative international locations, if they did make it, would never recover something just like the spirit to unmake it.
Sometimes I’m almost tempted to suppose that Shaw and i are the only Britishers they have heard of, or perhaps because one in every one of us is thin. The opposite fat we determine as buffoons in an eternal mud http://22.214.171.124/ and dance, like Dan Leno and Herbert Campbell. One attraction, nevertheless, does get top billing. In the meantime, I hope that no one in England or Europe will make it a mere taunt in opposition to the nice American democracy that they so swiftly made and unmade this colossal blunder. The very things which in aristocratic England appear just like the reasonably distinguished oddities of a sage have, in democratic America, turn out to be the dull prejudices of society.
Complete abstinence in a man like Shaw is an almost elegant eccentricity, but there may be nothing elegant about Prohibition, and it’s not an eccentricity. It has wanted not slightly courage and honesty and humor to keep up the criticism that has now proved fatal to it, at any fee as a critical social preferred. I’m not quite certain that every nation on the earth would have been lively sufficient to have kept that protest alive; there nonetheless stay considerable disputes and difficulties about how Prohibition, as a law, is to be abolished. Increasingly, as time goes on, the severe social idealists will probably be towards Prohibition.