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: 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 »

Ellis Hillman: A Word of History

Readers may be interested to know that Harold Walsby’s arrival in the pages of The Socialist Leader was no accident. I had been having a number of discussions with George Stone, the Editor, about ways and means of widening the appeal and circulation of the journal, and he asked me to approach new and stimulating… read more »

George Walford: A Correction of Certain Views Put Forward in “Ideologies and Their Functions, a Study in Systematic Ideology”

Ideologies and their Functions was published eight years ago, and since then the theory of systematic ideology has moved forward. A more up-to-date statement of it is being prepared, and the present short account of some of the main changes is intended to help bridge the inevitable gap before this appears. The book set out… read more »

George Walford: Announcements

HAS UTOPIA A FUTURE? Conference at Conway Hall, Sunday 12 July, 11 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Speakers and papers will include: Rod Hackney, President of the R.I.B.A. on “Community Architecture.” Christopher Hampton on “Blake and the New Jerusalem.” Steve Coleman on “Utopia and Impossibility.” Michael Raptis on “Socialism and Utopia.” Ellis Hillman on “Subterranean Utopias.”… read more »

George Walford: Editorial Notes (28)

CORRECTION IC25 included a brief note correcting certain ideas put forward in Ideologies and their Functions. On page seven of this present issue these corrections are set out more fully. MOZAMBIQUE In Mozambique they starve while Europe wonders what to do with mountains of “surplus” food. But disgust is a gut-reaction that helps nobody; before… 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 »

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 »