Jerome K. Jerome's short story "The New Utopia" has a strongly anti-socialist and anti-democratic message.
I had spent an extremely interesting evening. I had dined with some very "advanced" friends of mine at the “National Socialist Club”. We had had an excellent dinner: the pheasant, stuffed with truffles, was a poem; and when I say that the ’49 Chateau Lafitte was worth the price we had to pay for it, I do not see what more I can add in its favour.
After dinner, and over the cigars (I must say they do know how to stock good cigars at the National Socialist Club), we had a very instructive discussion about the coming equality of man and the nationalisation of capital.
I was not able to take much part in the argument myself, be- cause, having been left when a boy in a position which rendered it necessary for me to earn my own living, I have never enjoyed the time and opportunity to study these questions.
The first person narrator then fell asleep, and woke up in the future. His guide took him on a walk around the city, and said
“Why, I thought you understood that all men were now equal. What would become of our equality if one man or woman were allowed to swagger about in golden hair, while another had to put up with carrots? Men have not only got to be equal in these happy days, but to look it, as far as can be. By causing all men to be clean shaven, and all men and women to have black hair cut the same length, we obviate, to a certain extent, the errors of Nature.”
I said: “Why black?”
He said he did not know, but that was the colour which had been decided upon.
“Who by?” I asked.
“By THE MAJORITY,” he replied, raising his hat and lowering his eyes, as if in prayer.
He wished to go into politics or be a man of letters, but the death of his father when Jerome was 13 and of his mother when he was 15 forced him to quit his studies and find work to support himself.
Did he publicly support the Conservative party, or speak publicly about current political issues, other than in this story?