Along with his later Twilight over England, these two writings by Irish American William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”), first published during his years of activism in Britain prior to the Second World War, sum up in many respects the worldview of this most famous radio propaganda broadcaster in history.
Joyce was from its earliest inception an active member of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF), and easily its best public speaker. After 1937, when he left the BUF, he formed his own organisation, the British National Socialist League (BNSL).
It was for the latter organisation that Joyce penned National Socialism Now—his manifesto to the British people on how a National Socialist Britain would be structured. It includes sections on the “meaning of National Socialism,” “The menace of Class War and Snobbery,” “The National Socialist structure of government,” the “Need of economic revolution,” “Finance and the people,” “Machinery and shorter hours,” “Scientific regulation as opposed to Laissez Faire,” a detailed discussion on the future of the Empire and foreign policy, the need to use “legal and constitutional methods,” religious freedom, and the Jewish Question.
Although the BNSL was highly active, it was never allowed the chance to test itself electorally, as the advent of the war—against which Joyce warned in his manifesto—saw the mass arrest of dissidents in Britain and Joyce’s exile in Germany.
The second essay, Fascism and Jewry, was written as a BUF leaflet in 1935, which describes the attacks on the BUF by Jews and the organisation’s official response.