Trevor Blake: gwiep.net timeline

The George Walford International Essay Prize (offering £3,500 each year for the winner to spend at the college and on the course of the winner’s choice) has been online since the early 1990s.  Here are some notes and accomplishments made along the way.

  • 5 June 2017: For 2018 only, a suggested and entirely optional theme is offered: Brexit through the lens of systematic ideology. There is no requirement for the applicant or the entry to be in favor of or against systematic ideology. There is no requirement for the applicant or the entry to be in favor of or against Brexit. Does the theory predict Brexit, or does Brexit propose a challenge to the theory? Does the theory predict a likely outcome of Brexit, or does it not? What roles did each of the Major Ideologies play in Brexit? Is Brexit a return to the system of ideologies from an unbalanced state, or is Brexit a disruption of the system of ideologies, or neither?
  • 5 June 2017: No qualifying entries for the George Walford International Essay Prize
  • 8 July 2016: Reconceptualising (systematic) Ideology in the Wake of Political Psychology by Joshua Feldman.  Winner, 2016 George Walford International Essay Prize.
  • 11 January 2016: Hundreds of items listed from early 1940s including letters and the formative documents of the Absolutists.  This is the 75th year since the earliest publication of systematic ideology and the 21st year for gwiep.net.
  • November 2015: gwiep.net migrates back to the UK after being hosted in the USA since the early 1990s.
  • August 2014:
    • The World Wide Web was invented in 1992, gwiep.net went online in 1995.
    • gwiep.net word count: more than one million, two hundred and thirty-six thousand words.
    • More than twenty books and the complete contents of Ideological Commentary magazine (1979 – 1994).
    • Approximately 70,000 lines of code.
    • More than one thousand, one hundred files (text, images, etc.).
    • Fourteen years of the Prize, awarding a total of £34,000 to the winners.
    • In 2014, 121,198 words and 141 posts added.
    • In 2013, 234,374 words and 241 posts added.
    • In 2012, 40,733 words and 163 posts added.
    • In 2011, 78,427 words and 83 posts added.
    • In 2010, 48,008 words and 42 posts added.
    • In 2009, 613,308 words and 355 posts imported from prior host.
    • When gwiep.net was compromised in May 2013, thousands of internal links re-coded and back online by September 2013.
    • Backed up regularly in three different physical locations, including a safety deposit box in an underground vault.
    • The word that appears more than any other?  IDEOLOGY.
  • 23 August 2014: A significant milestone has been reached today, to be announced.
  • 11 August 2013: Ideological Commentary through issue 48 now online.   Approximately 1,144,000 words, or 2,500 single-space 12-point printed pages.
  • June 2013: The Systematic Supernatural / Systematic Ideology as a Framework for the Origin, Function, and Alteration of Religion by Mary Cole. Winner, 2013 George Walford International Essay Prize.
  • 17 May 2013: Ideological Commentary through issue 44 now online.  More than 800 pages.
  • 11 September 2012: Disaster – relief!  The site crash of April/May 2012 is undone.  Applicants for the Prize should note it takes at least five months to read every page at the site. Not every page need be read to apply for and win the Prize, but this time frame can be useful in scheduling research.
  • 5 September 2012: Link by link and page by page editing of site continues.
  • 2 June 2012: Added Theory of Systematic Ideology and Its Interaction with Social Media in Historical Perspective by Katharine Frederick, winner of the 2012 George Walford International Essay Prize.  Link by link and page by page editing of site continues.
  • 18 May 2012: 1,049 internal links restored on 180 pages.  Hundreds of pages and thousands of links remaining to be restored.
  • 14 May 2012: Site more or less online again, restoration of internal links 1/5th complete.
  • April – May 2012: Disaster!  Site compromised.  Restoration begins.  Deadline for Prize postponed two weeks.
  • 19 February 2012: Many essays from Ideological Commentary published.  Revisions to Index.  Kindle edition of Angles on Anarchism published.
  • 7 January 2012: Minor formatting changes to Angles on Anarchism in preparation for a Kindle edition.
  • 29 July 2011: All back issues of Ideological Commentary scanned into PDF format.  Transcribing to gwiep.net begins.
  • 11 February 2010: Finished George Walford: An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology.
  • 3 February 2010: Begun transcription of George Walford: An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology.
  • 22 January 2010: 500th page added to site, Richard Tatham: Science and Anarchism.
  • 29 December 2009: added The Intellectual and the People by George Walford.  Many, many other changes and additions over past two months.
  • 13 December 2009: gwiep.net moved into wordpress, new content added along the way.
  • November 2009: efforts begin to move gwiep.net into wordpress.
  • October 2009: geocities.com, a long-time host of gwiep.net, ceases to exist.
  • 2 September 2009: GWIEP Notes & Quotes #6, following a mere five years since the previous issue.
  • 4 August 2009: Added Not My Will But Thine by George Walford from Ideological Commentary #42.
  • 26 June 2009: Chiropracting Systematic Ideology by Will Penman, USA is awarded the 2009 George Walford International Essay Prize.
  • 17 February 2009: Our labors from October 2007 until February 2009 have born fruit. The Domain of Ideologies is now online in PDF form with a new introduction, a new bibliography and a new index. After a short period of field testing (please download the book and tell us if you spot any errors) the book will be in print again for the first time in over sixty years.
  • 31 January 2009: Seventeen years of GWIEP, thirty-three years of systematic ideology, sixty-seven years of Harold Walsby’s theory. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’ Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form.
  • 19 December 20008: The new e-mail address for the George Walford International Essay Prize can be found on our contact page. Several new articles from issue 54 of Ideological Commentary added.
  • 23 September 2008: gwiep.net gets more than 11,000 spam e-mail messages every week. That is nearly one every second, every hour, every day, every week, every month, year after year. We are considering changing e-mail addresses later this year. and will let you know if and when we do. As always, put “George Walford International Essay Prize” in the subject line of your e-mail to prevent it from being accidentally deleted.
  • 9 September 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 6 July 2008: Small revisions and additions to “The ‘Mass Rationality’ Assumption,” “The Ideological Field” and “Definition of Ideology” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 4 July 2008: Added The Theory of Judicial Independence in the Context of Systematic Ideology: Precision or Domination? by Katherine Lim. Winner, 2008 George Walford International Essay Prize.
  • 23 June 2008: Small revisions and additions to “Fear of the Group,” “Political Collectivism” and “Political Individualism” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 21 June 2008: Small revisions and additions to “The Masses and Emotional Suggestibility” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 3 June 2008: Small revisions and additions to “Identification” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 1 June 2008: Small revisions and additions to “The Absolute Assumption” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 31 May 2008: Small revisions and additions to “The Process of Assumptions” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 26 May 2008: Small revisions and additions to “Foreward,” “The Paradox,” “The Masses and Emotional Suggestability” and “The Left Wing and Intellectualism” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 25 May 2008: Small revisions and additions to “Definition of Ideology” and “Cognative Assumptions” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 14 May 2008: Small revisions and additions to ‘The Ideological Field” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 29 April 2008: Small revisions and additions to ‘The Mass Rationality Assumtion” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 27 April 2008: added ‘Old Cassette Tapes’ to the undated bibliography.
  • 15 April 2008: Small revisions and additions to “Political Individualism” from The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 13 April 2008: Some elements of this site went online in 1995, and have changed little since then. Some pages at this site had dates at the bottom of the page indicating when it went online and when it was last changed. We have always been proud that this site went online relatively early in the history of the World Wide Web. Unfortunately, some readers have encountered a page created over ten years ago and thought that the site as a whole had not been updated in ten years. All the dates on the individual pages have been removed. This timeline will continue to be updated.
  • 8 April 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 1 April 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 18 March 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 16 March 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 3 March 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 1 March 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 29 January 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 15 January 2008: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 31 December 2007: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 5 December 2007: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Continued work on essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 27 November 2007: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form. Begun essay with the working title ‘The Domain of Ideologies in One Thousand Words.’
  • 4 November 2007: Additions to the bibliography of works about systematic ideology.
  • 30 October 2007: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form.
  • 23 October 2007: Small revisions and additions to The Domain of Ideologies in preparation for publishing it in book form.
  • 10 February 2007: After several months off-line, many pages updated. Approximately 412,994 visitors since December 2003, with an average of 354 each day.
  • 2 September 2006: Significant expansion and improvement of Trevor Blake’s introductory text on the theory (begun 1991!), What is Systematic Ideology?
  • 5 July 2006: List of undated letters added.
  • 13 May 2006: Work continues in the final bibliographical documentation of systematic ideology. Approximately 318,000 visitors since December 2003, with an average of 356 each day.
  • 4 March 2006: Added GWIEP Notes & Quotes #5.
  • 22 January 2006: Added We Gotta Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong: Explanation Meets Experimentation in Systematic Ideology & Designing Society by Andrew Trull.
  • 9 November 2005: Added War is Fun! by George Walford from Ideological Commentary #64, by request.
  • 7 September 2005: Two small undated prints by Harold Walsby: Rydal Water and Grange Bridge, Borrowdale.
  • 11 August 2005: New brief essay Why Walsby Can’t Be Researched by John Rowan added. Approximately 194,354 visitors since December 2003.
  • 15 July 2005: The George Walford International Essay Prize is awarded to Andrew Trull for his essay “We Gotta Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong: Explanation Meets Experimentation in Systematic Ideology & Designing Society.”
  • 7 July 2005: George Walford, Ideology, Marxism and the SPGB by David McDonagh added.
  • 29 May 2005: Approximately 171,570 visitors since December 2003, with an average of 315 each day.
  • 31 March 2005: After many months effort, editing for spelling, links and content of each and every page of GWIEP completed.
  • 22 March 2005: New page for Fire Over Europe (1 October 1942), one of the very few events related to systematic ideology.
  • 9 January 2005: Spelling and format corrections throughout the site continue. Ten year anniversary of systematic ideology online.
  • 5 December 2004: Two reviews for Beyond Politics added, one by George Hay (1990) and one by Michael Stuart-Fox (1993). The organization of papers begun in September was largely completed in November, to the great benefit of our bibliographical listings.
  • 15 October 2004: A shamefully large number of spelling corrections made throughout the site. All books updated. All GWIEP.net PDF books offline until 2005, to make sure we are offering the most professional and useful publications possible.
  • 11 October 2004: Added The Ideology of a Monument (George Walford, 1976) and New Crusade of Democracy (1942).
  • 10 October 2004: Approximately 77,621 visitors since December 2003, with an average of 248 each day. Popular sections remain Part Two Chapter Two of Harold Walsby’s Domain of Ideologies, The Gods of Buddhism by George Walford and The Crowd by Gustav LeBon. Over one thousand four hundred copies of George Walford’s books Beyond Politics and Angles on Anarchism have been downloaded.
  • 8 October 2004: The majority of the bibliographical work is done. Only the undated and uncredited works remain to identify and sort. Minor changes throughout the site to accomodate this influx of new information.
  • 21 September 2004: Added review of The Domain of Ideologies from Universum.
  • 20 September 2004: Reorganization done, new bibliographies begun. Scan of New Crusade for Democracy added; photograph of the archives of the George Walford Internation Essay Prize, circa 20 September 1994 added.
  • 17 September 2004: Reorganization of the GWIEP archives nearly completed. A top to bottom revision of the bibliographies begun. A goal is set of having this project done by January 2005 – the 65th anniversary of systematic ideology.
  • 16 September 2004: Previously the GWIEP archives were sorted by source: the run of Ideological Commentary I got from George Walford were here, a spare set of IC was there, the papers of the SSA were somewhere else, a few books were in another room, and so on. As of this month all of it is going into a single collection, arranged chronologically. This project is perhaps half done.
  • 28 August 2004: Added A Digest of Hegel’s Philosophy, as reprinted by the SSA from Edward Caird’s Hegel (1883).
  • 27 August 2004: Small changes and updated here and there. Approximately 63,046 visitors since December 2003, with an average of 234 each day.
  • 19 July 2004: The Paradox Principle and Modular Systems Generally by Harold Walsby (1967) published.
  • 3 July 2004: GWIEP Notes & Quotes Volume 2 Number 2 published.
  • 26 June 2004: GWIEP raised to £3,500. Approximately 47,299 visitors since December 2003. Popular sections include Part Two Chapter Two of Harold Walsby’s Domain of Ideologies, The Gods of Buddhism by George Walford and The Crowd by Gustav LeBon. Over three hunded copies of George Walford’s books Beyond Politics and Angles on Anarchism have been downloaded.
  • 21 June 2004: GWIEP for 2004 awarded.
  • 29 April 2004: Added IC vs. SP by George Walford and the Socialist Party of Great Britain.
  • 24 April 2004: Added Letter to Seton Pollok by Harold Walsby.
  • 22 April 2004: Added The Weakness of the Press by George Walford.
  • 17 April 2004: Added Origins and Limitations of the Walsby Viewpoint by Peter Shepherd. Approximately 31,604 visitors since December 2003.
  • 19 March 2004: Added Democratic Union (by Richard Tatham?), an SSA pamphlet from the late 1940s.
  • 14 March 2004: the old Web site was visited approximately 13,941 times total. The current site has been honored by 23,036 visitors since December 2003.
  • 20 January 2004: Bibliographical updates via the remarkable ‘search inside a book’ service from amazon.com.
  • 17 January 2004: Added a library of public domain works.
  • 10 January 2004: Entire site reformatted to be more uniform; added some entries to the Topics page.
  • 1 January 2004: Added From Religion to Anarchism, formatting changes to all the books, added some entries to the Topics page.
  • 28 December 2003: Added a simple search function to the site. Approximately 5,436 visitors in our first month, averaging 207 each day. 93 people clicked on New Readers Start Here, 49 downloaded Beyond Politics, 65 read A Challenge to the Socialist Party of Great Britain, 54 looked at the George Walford International Essay Prize.
  • 21 December 2003: Added Mugwump and Moonshine (SSA, circa 1949), Harold Walsby: Independant Thinker by Peter Shephard (circa 1976), and Understanding the Mass Mind (SSA, 1945).
  • 12 December 2003: Added Science and Social Problems. (SSA, circa 1944)
  • 11 December 2003: Added Harold Walsby (1911-1973) A Brief Intellectual Biography by P. J. Rollings. Added several graphics, links, made general corrections here and there.
  • 7 December 2003: Joined the e-mail list for the World Socialist Movement, posted a notice about George Walford’s book A Challenge to the Socialist Party of Great Britain.
  • 5 December 2003: GWIEP.NET online.
  • October 2003: Extensive final work off-line in preperation for GWIEP.NET. Addition of Domain of Ideologies.
  • September 2003: Work off-line in preparation for GWIEP.NET.
  • 24 January 2003: Added Privacy Statement. Much work off-line in preparation for moving the entire site to another, final location. Approximately 6,790 visitors since March 2002.
  • 25 October 2002: Added biographical information about John Rowan as well as his Open Letter to Walsbians Everywhere.
  • 16 September 2002: Added John Pizer to biography page.
  • 4 June 2002: Small updates to links and biography pages.
  • 14 May 2002: Small updates to George Walford International Essay Prize page and Glossary page.
  • 19 March 2002: Added a (graphic only) site meter, with a beginning countof 5,000 visitors.
  • 8 July 2001: Graphics loaded in November 2001 finally linked into site in the first and second bibliographies. Increased use of HTML anchor names to allow for more exact links to GWIEP.NET. For the first time in the nine years of GWIEP.NET’s existence, an HTML editor is used instead of manually writing the code.
  • 26 November 2000: Over four megabytes of graphics are uploaded for eventual links from our graphics page. Several small HTML errors corrected throughout the site.
  • 18 November 2000: For two years we had a hit counter on the front page of GWIEP.NET. Our host, geocities.com, apparently changed how the counter worked and it no longer functions. Based on what we know the count was when it last functioned and statistics gathered since, we expect to exceed 5,000 hits to our home page over the between 1998 and January 2001.
  • 14 October 2000: Bibliography updated to include The Socialist Party of Great Britain by David A. Perrin, which contains references to the SSA, the Walsby Society, systematic ideology and publications and individuals associated with them. Approximately 4,142 hits to home page.
  • 2 October 2000: Front end to Beyond Politics added. Appropriate changes to corresponding page.
  • 1 October 2000: Complete text of Beyond Politics added. Initial scanning of art and book covers from historic documents relating to systematic ideology. In August, Janet Reilly and Richenda Walford met in London. Ms. Reilly’s winning essay now online here. Approximately 4,124 hits to home page.
  • 10 June 2000: The 1999-2000 winner of the George Walford International Essay Prize has been awarded to Janet Reilly. More details will follow.
  • 9 June 2000: Minor re-coding of the entire GWIEP.NET Web site. Approximately 3,757 hits to home page.
  • April 2000: Trevor Blake visits the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam to review their holdings for Harold Walsby and George Walford. Slight restructuring of GWIEP.NET navigation on several pages. Approximately 3,329 hits to home page.
  • 25 December 1999: Dialectical Thinking by John Rowan and Angles on Anarchism by George Walford added. Mysterious problems with disappearing test in the ‘New to NIAT’ page noticed. Over 2,000 hits to home page.
  • 19 September 1999: Beyond Politics by George Walford begins to be added to GWIEP.NET. Spirituality and Revolution by John Rowan added. Richenda Walford, daughter of George Walford, visits Trevor Blake in Portland, Oregon. Approximately 1,858 hits to home page.
  • 31 June 1999: GeoCities bought by Yahoo, small changes in administrative details of GWIEP.NET. Approximately 1,486 hits to home page.
  • 1 June 1999: George Walford International Essay Prize updated. Approximately 1,429 hits to home page.
  • 15 March 1999: Minor corrections and additions. Approximately 1191 to home page.
  • 17 February 1999: Links added. Approximately 1,084 hits to home page.
  • 24 January 1999: Entire site converted from HTML 3.2 to HTML 4.0. Approximately 1,000 hits to home page.
  • 17 December 1998: Consistently faulty guest book removed. Approximately 918 hits to home page.
  • 11 November 1998: The Idealist Route through the Eidodynamic Levels by John Rowan
  • 2 November 1998: Guest Book repaired (?). Approximately 633 hits to home page.
  • 12 October 1998: Small code errors corrected. Approximately 462 hits to home page.
  • 25 September 1998: Beyond Politics added.
  • 8 September 1998: George Walford International Essay Prize added.
  • 12 August 1998: Glossary added.
  • 8 August 1998: Synopsis of Beyond Politics.
  • 28 June 1998: Additions to Biography page.
  • 18 June 1998: Additions to Graphics and Biography pages.
  • 11 June 1998: Credentials and Authority by Adrian Williams added.
  • 22 May 1998: Additions to bibliography for years 1930-1977
  • 17 May 1998: Guest Book added.
  • March 1998: GWIEP.NET moved to second URL. Many changes, large and small.
  • 1995-1998: GWIEP.NET developed at first URL. Trevor Blake makes two trips to London to research systematic ideology.
  • 1995: GWIEP.NET goes online.
  • 1992: GWIEP.NET conceived as an online archive.
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