Enduring Base

George Walford: The Evolution of Ideology

We have distinguished three main stages of social development (four if one reckons the presence of the eidodynamics as constituting a distinct stage), each of them marked by the emergence of an ideological influence not previously active. We cannot precisely locate the first appearance of these influences and probably never shall be able to do… read more »

George Walford: Editorial (62)

‘In organic change, that which changes also abides, and the new is not merely other than the old, but the old transmuted – the same yet not the mere same. Progress in short is always the unity of differentiation and integration.’ This issue of IC centres around a continuing theme of systematic ideology: that in… read more »

George Walford: Stability

The Centre for the Study of Public Policy at Strathclyde University has produced a report which may do something to modify the apprehension we all feel about what the government – any government – will get up to next. The report shows that the actions of any government are ruled mainly by the weight of… read more »

George Walford: The Champions of Validity

In Anarchy, a Journal of Desire Armed, #31, Lev Chernyi speaks of two political groups. On the one hand ‘those who defend dominant (or would-be dominant) institutions’; on the other, ‘radicals and revolutionaries.’ Most people who think about such things accept this or some similar distinction and they agree, also, that the second group works… read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base

A constant theme of the intellectuals is that people generally are becoming less inclined to accept what they are told by authorities and traditionalists, more inclined to guide their behaviour by their own critical thinking. Against this, systematic ideology draws attention to the weight of evidence showing that the mental attitude favoured by the intellectuals… read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base (2)

The intellectuals try to persuade us that their own rationalism is the only mental attitude needed in the operations of a complex society. They support their claim by arguing that other mentalities are disappearing, and as evidence of this they commonly cite the extent to which orthodox Christianity has lost support during this century. It… read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base (3)

Supernatural Powers: “When I wrote Chinese Looking Glass, certain superficial critics in England sneered at me for suggesting that superstitious belief and religious custom had survived Communism in China itself. The Chinese Communists, being rather better acquainted with the subject, have repeatedly admitted that the supernatural has been among their most stubborn ideological foes.” (Dennis… read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base (36)

In the journal which the IRA – sorry! – the RAI has the courage to entitle simply MAN, Daniel Miller brings out, without particularly intending to, the way in which early systems of relationships tend to persist, in a buried or suppressed form, within later ones, thereby indicating the persistence of the early major ideologies…. read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base (4)

After it had been recognised that Russia was not, after all, on the road toward communism, it was China that took on the revolutionary halo. But after the Hundred Flowers Movement, the Great Leap Forward, the Socialist Education movement and the Cultural Revolution had all collapsed the People’s Democracy of China, like Soviet Russia before… read more »

George Walford: The Enduring Base (57)

Evidence for the persistence of the earlier ideologies comes from the persistence of behaviour-patterns; once established in social practice these show an endurance not always recognised. Although often changing their form of expression they continue to exercise influence even though overlaid, even repressed, by later developments; imperialism, for example, continues while national self-determination spreads, although… read more »