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George Walford: A Challenge to the Socialist Party of Great Britain

Foreword For nearly six months I have been trying to get the Socialist Party of Great Britain to meet me in debate; the history of these attempts is set out in the Appendix. The Party claims to be able to meet all criticisms of its case, and it has declared its willingness to debate with… read more »

George Walford: An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology

“The theory of systematic ideology indicates that we have to accept the range of major ideologies, and the groups identified with them, as enduring features of our society. This points to the conclusion that an adequate political structure would be one in accordance with the ideological structure, one which recognised that the major ideologies, and… read more »

George Walford: Assumption and Identification

The twin foundation stones of ideological theory are the associated concepts of assumption and identification. Assumption: Ideology is one of the studies concerned with thought, and it is general practice, among those who study thinking, to distinguish between the true and the false. It is, indeed, often taken for granted that the establishment of this… read more »

George Walford: Conclusion to An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology

Let us assume the reader has found this outline sketch acceptable, that he has moved on to some of the studies which undertake to establish various parts of the theory and has found those also acceptable. Let us assume that he accepts, provisionally at least, the theory of systematic ideology. What effect will this have… read more »

George Walford: Definition of an Ideology

An ideology is usually thought of rather vaguely, as a person’s system of ideas, or set of beliefs or values, or his general outlook, or mental attitude. We are now able to define it more sharply, as the set of assumptions with which he is identified. Or, in Walsby’s more extended definition: (An ideology is)… read more »

George Walford: Economic Individualism and Collectivism

In the economic field the situation of the ideologies, as regards collectivism and individualism, is the reverse of that in the political field. The eidostatics exhibit economic individualism and the eidodynamics exhibit economic collectivism. It is commonly accepted that the transition, which is occurring in Britain and other western democracies (and which has already occurred… read more »

George Walford: Ideological Development

The order in which the major ideologies have been presented, running from protostatic to metadynamic, is not an arbitrary one. This is the order in which they succeed each other in the development of the individual. We all begin life as protostatics, some remain in this phase and others become epistatics. Some remain in this… read more »

George Walford: Ideological Groups

Each of us has his own unique ideology, his system of identifications and assumptions, which is not the same as that of anybody else. Also, some of the particular assumptions within each unique set are peculiar to the person concerned. Each of us has, for example, assumptions concerning his own body which he shares with… read more »

George Walford: Ideology and the Left

Walsby came to develop a theory of ideology which relates to all our purposive or intentional behaviour, but his starting-point was political. The immediate cause of his rejection of Left-wing political theory was the crucial perception that the Left is not a specifically working-class movement nor the Right a specifically capitalist or bourgeois one. It… read more »

George Walford: Ideology and the Sociologist, A Study in Systematic Ideology.

This paper sets out to show that the sociologists who study ideology tend to take an unduly restricted view of it. There is reason to believe that its influence extends farther than they recognise. Different sociologists use the word “ideology” in different senses. Marx’s usage is not the same as Mannheim’s, and this diversity has… read more »