The following books are in the gwiep.net collection of works relating to systematic ideology. They are available for study by those applying for 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.
Social Science Cultural Groups Organization: The More We Get Together (by Harold Walsby?).
[London]: Social Science Association, nd. Art likely by Harold Walsby. An invitation to join the (entirely fictitious) SSA United Groups: Social Club, Dance Club, Sports Club, Fashion Club, Travel Society, Film Society, Crime Club, Aero Club, Music Society, Stage Society, Arts Society, Radio Club, Book Club, Garden Club, Nature Club, Chess Club, Linguist Society, Science Club, Political Club, Philosophical Society. “A leisure-time co-op of the Social Science Association, a scientific body with members all over the world.”
The Walsby-S.P.G.B. Correspondence by Harold Walsby.
Correspondence between Harold Walsby and the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Great Britain, 23 March – 31 March 1942. 10 pages, photocopy.
Understanding the Mass Mind by Richard Tatham.
Issued as Science, Politics and the Masses in October 1944. Reprinted without significant changes as Understanding the Mass Mind in May 1945. London: Social Science Association. 16 pages.
Science and Social Problems: A New Step in Knowledge by the Social Science Association.
Introduces the ideas of Harold Walsby, who in 1935 ‘began a systematic study of ideologies and ideological development […] [eventually leading] to his discovery of the Demos ([…] Walsby’s term for the whole hierarchic system and organic unity of the differentiated, interacted ideological layers which together constitute the mental aspect of society, or the social mind.) […] [In 1941 Walsby] started a series of informal discussions and lectures […] [In October 1944] a number of these people undertook the foundation of the Social Science Association.” [London]: Social Science Association, circa October 1944.
You and the SSA by the Social Science Association.
Handbill, circa 1944. Two pages.
The Intellectual and the People by George Walford.
Examines the gap between the intellectuals and the masses, an indifferent matter to the later and a critical problem for the former. [London]: Social Science Association, March 1945. 16 pages.
Post-Mortem on Fascism by Morris Richards.
Recognition of need to control and utilize the ‘mass-layer’ of fascist ideology, bringing it in closer alliance with the ‘higher ideological layers’ in social evolution. London: Social Science Association June 1945. 16 pages.
999 – Emergency! by Arthur W. Spencer-Bragg [Harold Walsby].
London: Social Science Association 1946. 64 pages.
The Domain of Ideologies / A Study of the Origin Development and Structure of Ideologies by Harold Walsby.
The foundation document of the study now known as systematic ideology. Familiarity with the Domain of Ideologies is essential for a thorough grasp of the theory and the changes it has undergone since inception. With a new introduction, new bibliography and new index. Glasgow: William Maclellan in collaboration with the Social Science Association, 1947.
Part I Mass Groups and Intellectual Groups: Forward | The Paradox | The Political Groups | The Left Wing and Intellectualism | The Masses and Emotional Suggestibility | Fear of the Group | Political Collectivism | Political Individualism | The “Mass Rationality” Assumption
Part II Ideological Structure and Development: The Ideological Field | Definition of Ideology | Cognitive Assumptions | The Process of Assumptions | The Absolute Assumption | Identification | Development and Repression | Conclusion | Bibliography | Index | See also: Reviews.
The Social Science Association Introduces Democratic Union by the Social Science Association.
“Scientific ideology, All-party conception, Political democracy, Economic democracy, Anti-fascism, MASS PSYCHOLOGY.” London: Social Science Association circa 1948. 8 pages.
The Paradox Principle and Modular Systems Generally by Harold Walsby.
Westmoreland: 1967. “This all seems most abstract. What does your Paradox Principle actually do? What are its practical consequences? Has it any concrete effects on our daily lives?”
Harold Walsby (1911-1973) A Brief Intellectual Biography by P. J. Rollings.
“Prepared for a Commemorative Meeting at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC2 on May 31, 1973.” 7 pages.
The Transparent Mask of Marxism by George Walford.
“A paper suggested by the paper by Peter Rollings entitled ‘The Faces of Marxism and What They Conceal.’ April 1975. Eight pages.
The Ideology of Freedom by George Walford.
“A commentary on The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman.” London: The Bookshop. February 1976. 10 pages.
The Ideology of Ecology by George Walford.
“A commentary on Manifesto for a Sustainable Society by The Ecological Party.” London: The Bookshop. February 1976. 7 pages.
The Ideology of a Monument by George Walford.
“A commentary on The Monument / The Story of the Socialist Party of Great Britain by Robert Barltrop.” London: The Bookshop. March 1976. 6 pages.
Notes on the Ideology of Economics / Part One: Control of the Means of Production by George Walford.
“A paper presented to The Walsby Society in August 1976.” London: The Bookshop.
The Power of Ideology by George Walford.
London: The Bookshop, 1977. 4 pages. “We have to look behind the political movements to the ideologies themselves. Then we find that every major ideology has its part to play. They all contribute to our wellbeing. Those that support authority and those that support freedom. Those that support private enterprise and those that support public control. We need them all.”
An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology by George Walford.
London: The Bookshop, 1977. 32 pages. ISBN 0 9505445 0 7. “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 the major ideological groups, are complementary, rather than merely opposed, one to another. It is a conclusion which amounts to nothing more – and nothing less – than the recognition that if we are to survive we shall need to adapt our political system to the ideological realities.”
The Walsby Society | Introduction | Ideology and the Left | The Field of Ideology | Assumption and Identification | Definition of an Ideology | Ideological Groups | The Major Ideologies | Ideological Development | Intellect | The Group Situation | The Cosmic Situation | Political Individualism and Collectivism | Economic Individualism and Collectivism | Personal Ideological Structure | Social Ideological Structure | Conclusion | Papers on Systematic Ideology
The Enduring Eidostatics by George Walford.
November 1976. 12 pages.
The Ideology of the Trade Union Movement by George Walford.
“Presented to The Walsby Society April 1977.” 10 pages.
The Ideology of Everyday Life by George Walford.
“A paper presented at the Walsby Society Conference at Braziers Park, Ipsden, Oxfordshire, in June 1977.” 10 pages.
Ideology and the Sociologist: A Study in Systematic Ideology. George Walford. London: Project for Systematic Ideology, November 1977. Book, three pages. “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.” 3 pages.
Ideology, Autonomous or Ephemeral? A Study in Systematic Ideology by George Walford.
London: Project for Systematic Ideology, November 1977. Book, four pages. “The statement that ideology is determined by a life that includes ideology leaves open the question it was intended to answer, the question whether ideology is epiphenomenal (determined by non-ideological factors) or autonomous (self-determined).”
The Letter the Socialist Standard Didn’t Print by George Walford.
London: The Walsby Society, March 1978. 8 pages.
Beyond Ecology by George Walford.
London: The Bookshop, 1979. ISBN 0-9505445-3-1. 23 pages.
Ideologies & Their Function by George Walford.
Socialist Understanding by George Walford.
“A study of the thinking of the Socialist Party of Great Britain.” “The most readable expressions of systematic ideology are probably Walford’s book Beyond Politics, published in 1990, and the pamphlet Socialist Understanding, published ten years earlier.” – The Socialist Party of Great Britain. 1980. 16 pages.
Understanding Misunderstanding Socialist Understanding by George Walford.
“A reply to Islington Branch of the Socialist Party of Great Britain.” London, February 1981. 6 pages.
The Civil War in Islington by George Walford.
“This paper is part of a debate which began in 1980 when I circulated, to members of the SPGB and others, a pamphlet entitled Socialist Understanding […].” London, May 1981. 6 pages.
The SPGB Defeated by George Walford.
London, June 1981. 3 pages.
An Addition to Harold Walsby’s History of the Dialectic by George Walford.
London, August 1981. 9 pages.
The Dialectic of Demand by George Walford.
London, December 1981. 7 pages.
The Sad Case of the SPGB by George Walford and Ike Benjamin.
London, January 1983. 7 pages.
A Challenge to the Socialist Party of Great Britain by George Walford.
“The Party claims to be able to meet all criticisms of its case, and it has declared its willingness to debate with individuals, but it has not eagerly accepted my invitation. The reason, I believe, is that my explanation of their failure to establish socialism (or even to make any useful progress toward it) derives from the theory originated by the late Harold Walsby. Criticism stemming from this source they prefer to avoid. […] I cannot force the Socialist Party either to meet my criticism in public or to admit, publicly, that they are unable to meet it. But I can and shall ensure that if they refuse to attempt to a public answer that refusal will be publicly known.” London: The Bookshop, 1984. 16 pages. ISBN 0-9505445-3-1.
IC Versus SP by George Walford.
“A written debate between George Walford and the Socialist Party of Great Britain.” 1986. 22 pages.
Beyond Politics / An Outline of Systematic Ideology by George Walford.
“[This] theory is one of the most important and interesting in its field… its solution to the problem of the point of view from which one discusses ideology is embedded within the theory itself… written lucidly” – Dr. Zvi Lamm, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “The lucid, witty style is a delight in itself. And it makes you think” – Freedom, the Anarchist Fortnightly. “The most readable expressions of systematic ideology are probably Walford’s book Beyond Politics, published in 1990, and the pamphlet Socialist Understanding, published ten years earlier.” – The Socialist Party of Great Britain. London: Calabria Press 1990. 190 pages.
Preface | Introduction | Politics as Ideology | The British Political Series | The World Political Series | From Politics to Ideology | Ideology Beyond Politics | The Beginnings | From Village to Empire | After The Empires | The Eidodynamic | The Origins of Ideologies | The Evolution of Ideology | Conclusion | Appendices | Notes & References | Select Bibliography | Index | Synopsis | See also: Reviews.
Angles on Anarchism by George Walford, with a contribution by Peter Cadogan.
“Lucidly written and neatly argued, the book asks all sorts of awkward questions of those whose arguments are over-simplified” – Freedom, the Anarchist Fortnightly. London: Calabria Press 1991. 70 pages.
Class Politics; an Exhausted Myth | Anarchy Renamed | Why So Few? | Gnostics as Anarchists of Old | The Two-Sided Anarchist | The Higher the Fewer | The Anarchist Police Force | Even Worse | In the Beginning | The Competitive Co-operators | I. Q. Against Anarchism | Anarchism in Series | Friendly Reason | Anarchist Research | Are They Not Anarchists? | The Trouble With Success | Of Governments and Gardens | The Poll Tax Lesson | Healthy Freedoms | The Conventional Artist | Underground Activity | The Cretan Egoist | See also: Reviews and For Sale.
Exploring Ideology by George Walford.
“Ideology used to mean false consciousness, distorted thinking and end ability to change. For Marx it meant reaction. That was in the 19th Century and thinking has moved forward. Now Roy Hattersley writes on his own Labour Party having an ideology and Noel Sullivan uses “Conservative Ideology” without conservatives objecting. One from publishes a series under the general title Modern Ideologies. Ideologies has become acceptable.” London, 1994. 4 pages.
George Walford: A Memorial. Edited by Trevor Blake and Richenda Walford.
A memorial to a keen thinker, astute debater and intelligent writer who challenged assumptions vigorously and persuasively. This memorial contains texts by some of those who read him, debated with him and are glad that he lived – whether they agreed with him or not. London: gwiep.net 1998. 24 pages.