George Walford: Fifty Million Lemmings Can’t Be Wrong
What is the supportive force of quotations? They are, often necessary as examples if it is intended to approve or criticise a statement it is usually well to quote it verbatim. But can they ever help to show that a proposition is valid?
Sociologists (in particular) do seem to believe that quotations possess supportive force. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that if a sociologist can quote two other sociologists in support of a point he considers it established.
But on what principle do they select their quotations? Only by their agreement with their own ideas. A quotation is not there because the original writer said it; practically everything he said they choose not to quote. It is there because the quoter selected it. As a quotation a statement is the work of the quoter, not the author, and can therefore carry no more weight than the quoter’s own unsupported statements.
from Ideological Commentary 9, February 1981.
- 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