Ruining Your Heroes: George Bernard Shaw

You’ve probably seen the play My Fair Lady or have at least heard of the film with Audrey Hepburn, right? Delightful musical.

If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure Glenn Beck has.


He loves the theatre.

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw won an Oscar for the screen play “Pygmalion” which “My Fair Lady” is based on.

Georgey is a really popular guy. Just look on social media and you’ll find countless people who have made a hero out of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Why? Because he sure had a lot of cute sayings. Like this one:


“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” Adorable.

You can tell how much he loves people. I found some other quotes from George Bernard Shaw that aren’t as well know. Like this one:

“A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people’s time to look after them.”

I told you he loves people. Oddly enough, no one has bothered to pin that one on Pinterest. Hmm.

I mean sure, George Bernard Shaw was an avowed Fabian socialist who LOVED eugenics and yeah, he believed everyone should have to justify their existence. You probably remember this classic:

Sure not everything Georgey said was so flowery and beautiful but he did have such a magical way with words.

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a wonderful, wonderful man who also said this:


“I appeal to the chemists to discover a human gas that will kill instantly and painlessly. Deadly by all means, but humane not cruel.”

See, he’s so nice he wants the mass murder to be done in a humane way.

In 1934 he also wrote:


“The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way.”

Again… kill them in a decent, human way.

Sure this might be a little creepy, but let me lighten things up with this GBS classic:


“The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy.”

Yeah the same guy our education system says is a genius was pretty much a fanboy of Hitler.

The New York Times wrote about his admiration in 1933. In the article, George Bernard Shaw describes Hitler as “a very remarkable, very able man,” and was a genius to realize “Germany had been kicked long enough.”

In fact, he sang Hitler’s praises every chance he could.


And he really didn’t care for the people Hitler was treating harshly. He had some choice words for them.

“Stop being Jews and start being human beings.”

To be fair later on, he did start to question Hitler a little bit.

“Instead of exterminating the Jews, he (Hitler) should have said, I will tolerate Jews to any extent as long as no Jew marries a Jewess. That is how he could build up a strong, solid German people.”

And by the way, he wasn’t just a fan of Hitler, George Bernard Shaw had a solid man crush on Stalin. He visited Russia and wrote:


“There is not a more interesting country in the world today to visit than Soviet Russia, and I find traveling there perfectly safe and pleasant…Tomorrow I leave this land of hope and return to our Western countries of despair.”

He even recounted how generously he was fed by his hosts saying, “Starvation? Why, I’ve never eaten so wonderfully!” Mind you, his visit was during Stalin’s great famine when millions were dying of hunger.

Let’s not forget George Bernard Shaw’s love for another great Dictator: Mussolini! Shaw was such a fan he could imitate the dictator on the spot. You gotta watch his Mussolini impersonation:

He loved these despicable dictators because he thought they had the right ideas.


I would agree with George, that yes, they do, do things. They killed people. I’m pretty sure that’s what he liked about them.

George Bernard Shaw sure did hate people, but he loved animals! He was a staunch vegetarian.
He is often quoted by PETA as saying:


“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity.”

Someone even published a George Bernard Shaw Vegetarian cookbook. Bizarre.

I’m wondering if you were to make a stew out of the people he wanted to humanely kill, would that be vegetarian? As long as you don’t use beef broth, you should be ok.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed, Shaw the man who saw no problem ending the lives of the useless eaters. At least he wanted a humane death which is more than can be said for the butchers responsible for over 100 million of their own people.

  • David F Lanphere

    Just in case some people are confused, progressives have not changed their minds. They were just “laying low” until people forgot what they really stood for!
    Mr Shaw was the ultimate “progressive”, and is still their hero today.

  • B-Funk

    I love lazy Christians who tell me how these progressives don’t mean things the way they say them. Then, when the pain hits, “It’s all coming from good intentions. There’s no perfect system of government or commerce”. /facepalm

  • Leslie Katona

    Many prominent people echoed Shaw’s sentiments during his time eg. King of England, British PM etc. Shaw’s controversial statements were actually exploratory speculations about social problems of the day and presented as statements and questions for debate not “final solutions”. This was also a time of Imperialism and Colonialism as well as a time when a ship like the St. Louis filled with Jewish refugees could find nowhere to dock. The bible also has prescriptions such as ” Spare the rod, spoil the child” objectionable by today’s standards.I’m sure in a few decades people will look back to our times and find many things objectionable within the context of their standards.What’s good about Shaw is that identified and brought to light many issues and presented them for debate.The introductions to his plays consisted mostly in bringing issues,problems,relationships,controversies etc.into our awareness not offering final solutions for them.They are in essence mostly exercises in thinking and speculations, not dogmatic dictums.Much as Willi F. Buckley Jr.’s show firing line presented a topic for debate, followed by ” let it be resolved” he like Shaw were exercising freedom of speech and thought (which many unfortunately no longer believe in,as if we can no longer distinguish thought from action) not freedom to act.We are now regressing into a new dark age of censorship and oppression, we should start reading Orwell’s 1984 again.

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