Miscellaneous

David McDonagh: George Walford, Ideology, Marxism and the SPGB

I liked George Walford, but I do not think that he was a wise man or even a very bright man. Nor do I hold myself to be very wise or bright, but the facts relating to the Socialist Party of Great Britain [SPGB] and Harold Walsby are not very difficult to see. I was… read more »

Democratic Union: Unity and Tolerance

Unity and Tolerance DEMOCRATIC UNION IS a new movement, which all Democratic people can join. WORKS for Total Democracy: Political Democracy (freedom of speech) plus Economic Democracy (freedom from want). BELIEVES that as a nation we should stand on our own feet, and that the scientists can help us do it. BRITAIN TODAY is facing… read more »

Diana Silberman-Keller: Systematic Ideology, a New Hegelian or Functionalist Critique of Ideologies?

Introduction This paper introduces Systematic Ideology (SI) as a theoretical approach to ideology critique. The theory was initially developed by Harold Walsby (1947), who worked in a line of descent from F.S. Johnson, Francis Sedlak, the English Hegelians and Karl Marx to Hegel. George Walford (1979, 1990) further enlarged Walsby’s approach and Zvi Lamm (2002)… read more »

George Orwell Letters to George Walford

Prior to writing 1984, George Orwell wrote these letters to George Walford. George Walford (1919 – 1994) was a student of systematic ideology. – Trevor Blake   CAN 3751 27 B Canonbury Square Islington London N1 30.6.45 Dear Mr. Walford, Many thanks for your letter of 26th June, and for the pamphlet “The Intellectual and… read more »

George Walford International Essay Prize Rules

INTRODUCTION Rule Precedence The rules for the George Walford International Essay Prize (GWIEP) listed here replace any and all prior rules. These rules may be changed in the future: please consult the rules prior to submitting your essay. The Essay Prize In memory of the late George Walford, there is an annual essay competition. The… read more »

George Walford: Reply to a Socialist

Dear Comrade, You say you will remain a Socialist because you: “hate and are sickened by the present order of things.” You also say that struggling against this present order of things is “a matter of personal integrity, of feeling that we are ourselves. Success is not necessary to make struggle or rebellion worthwhile or… read more »

George Walford: The Annual Harold Walsby Memorial Lecture for 1980

We propose that the Annual Harold Walsby Lecture for 1980 be an exposition of the theory, originated and largely developed by Harold Walsby, now known as systematic ideology, or of some aspect of that theory, as the lecturer may choose. We propose that Peter Shepherd, who is a lecturer by profession, who has already given… read more »

George Walford: Why Not?

The letter below was sent to the Socialist Standard on 16th February 1977.  It has not been printed.  It has not been acknowledged. The Editors The Socialist Standard London (Intended for publication) Dear Editors, Robert Barltrop’s article “Question of Intelligence,” in the Socialist Standard of December 1976, has just been brought to my attention. The… read more »

George Walford: You Cannot Join the Walsby Society

The object of The Walsby Society is to develop and make known the work of the late Harold Walsby. The Society has no formal membership, no funds, no Constitution. People who take part in its work do so on their own initiative, on their own respensibility and at their own expense. Harold Walsby worked in… read more »

George Woodcock: A Domain Still Unexplained

The study of ideologies, those constructions of mingled rational and emotional concepts, of social theory and demagogic appeal, by which political groups seek to persuade the ordinary man into accepting their doctrines, is in an extremely embryonic state, and so far there has been no adequate and systematic study of this subject.  Mr. Walsby’s little… read more »