George Walford: Wages, Price, Profits and Prospects

The pamphlet by Karl Marx, known in our anarcho-socialist days as “Value, Price and Profit,” was re-issued in 1947, and reprinted at least up till 1976, by Progress Publishers, Moscow, under the title “Wages, Price and Profit.” It still includes the statements by Marx which amount to an assurance that no revolution is necessary. It… read more »

George Walford: Ideology in Science

In the orthodox view ideology appears as a distorting influence which shrivels under the hard light of science, but systematic ideology suggests otherwise. It shows science to be as much an ideological activity as politics, for here, too, the course of action depends upon the assumptions accepted, and assumptions are the units of which ideologies… read more »

George Walford: Notes on the Ideology of Economics

(Revision of a paper presented to the Walsby Society in 1976). The foundation-work of systematic ideology, Harold Walsby’s Domain Of Ideologies (1947), closes with a declaration that the study is of more than academic interest: With the development of scientific knowledge of the various ideologies… it becomes possible to apply this knowledge… in social and… read more »

George Walford: Katherine Whitehorn Again

It’s a strange thing that whenever Katharine Whitehorn is confirming what we say she writes better than when disagreeing. This happens even though to our knowledge she has never heard of IC or s.i. In the Observer of 26 April 1987 she writes of the way unrestricted competition tends to eliminate itself, producing monopoly instead…. read more »

George Walford: The Steady State

IC has been running, intermittently, a series of short pieces under the heading ‘Yesterday’s Solutions are Today’s Problems.’ In the TLS of 16 January Edward Norman offers a different and perhaps a better formulation of the same perception: There is a kind of ‘steady state’ of injustice in the world: as soon as one set… read more »

George Walford: England, Land of the Free… Free What?

This is being written shortly before it is decided which party, or which combination of parties, shall have the job of guarding our freedom during the next five years. The winners will also have to decide how that splendid, banner-waving word is to be interpreted. Choices have to be made. You can’t have both unlimited… read more »

George Walford: From Psychology to Society

In IC24 appeared an article, by John Rowan and George Walford, entitled COUNSELLING RESEARCH; AN IDEOLOGICAL STUDY. It related the principal trends in psychotherapy to the major ideologies, saying, among other things, that what s.i. would call protodynamic psychotherapy: “entails the conception of society being reformed to comply with the developing individual; successful counselling produces reformers.”… read more »

George Walford: Ideological Symbols

When a series of items of intentional behaviour all tend towards, say, economic collectivism, this justifies, and may even compel, the inference that the people in question are identified with economic collectivism (or more briefly, that they are economic collectivists). When the inference has been drawn the ideological feature (in this case economic collectivism) can… read more »

Harold Walsby: Either Black or White

Like the rest of their pseudo-scientific tribe, that four-legged combination of two S.P.G.B.-ers writing under the name of “Philoren” (in your correspondence, Feb 11) avowedly repudiate the “long term view of social evolution” and, along with it, the whole historical labour and working-class movement. (A movement, by the way, in which the I.L.P. has played… read more »