George Walford: What’s Wrong with S.I.? (53)
Systematic ideology distorts its subject-matter. It cannot avoid doing so, for any attempt even to sketch out, however lightly, the assumptions underlying intentional behaviour attributes to them a firmness, coherence and explicitness they do not possess in their original condition.
Other disciplines suffer corresponding difficulties. Sociologists distort their subject-matter when they use questionnaires, for the situation they set out to study did not include these devices or their effects. Ethologists who set out to study animals in their natural habitat attempt the impossible, for that habitat does not include ethologists.
WHEN news of the latest mugging has you fearing the collapse of civilisation, remember that not much over two hundred years ago men normally carried weapons in the streets of London.
from Ideological Commentary 53, Autumn 1991.
- PSI Circular Number Two (February 1979)
- PSI Circular Number One (January 1979)
- Joshua Feldman: Reconceptualising (systematic) Ideology in the Wake of Political Psychology
- George Walford and Ike Benjamin: The Sad Case of the SPGB
- Linda Sloane: Systematic Ideology and Identity / The Triangle of Society, Ideology and the Individual
- Their “Operation Utopia”
- George Orwell Letters to George Walford
- George Walford: The New Magic
- George Walford: Exploring Ideology
- George Walford: Sciences