George Walford: Miscellanea

BACTERIA inhabited the earth by themselves for two billion years. They have not been eliminated in the course of further development. (C. Vita-Finzi) NATURE is an artificial construction. IDEOLOGY plays a larger part in current thinking than sometimes appears, its presence often disguised by coded language. When, for example, the socialists and communists assert that… read more »

George Walford: A Falling God

Darwin sits firmly, Newton and Marx look likely to survive although their thrones may shake; Freud is in trouble. In the 1920s William Empson noted his tendency to devise a theory for a particular case of neurosis and then suggest that it applied to the average mind. Others also questioned the methods used, and recently… 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: Hegel the Anarchist

Harold Walsby (originator of systematic ideology) once spoke of Hegel as the supreme anarchist. At the time I would have said that an anarchist was the one thing Hegel was most emphatically not, but the conversation moved on and I never did ask Walsby what he had meant. For many years the remark has been… read more »

George Walford: History in Brief

UNLESS we assume extra-terrestrial influence, authoritarian society must have grown out of the non-hierarchical foraging communities; there was nowhere else for it to come from. Archaeology shows this to have happened not just once but six times independently (in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus and Yellow river valleys, Mesoamerica and Peru), producing the ‘primary’ states, those… read more »

George Walford: Ideology in Anthropology

THE new series, One World Archaeology, presents the proceedings of the World Archaeological Congress held at Southampton (UK) in 1986. It has provided Robin Fox, University Professor of Social Anthropology at Rutgers, with the occasion for an article raising several issues of interest to IC. [1] All quotations here come from that source. Professor Fox… read more »

George Walford: Ideology in the Reviews (62)

REVIEWING The Dammed by Fred Pearce (Bodley Head) Alex Wilks supports the book’s thesis, that big dams do more harm than good. He argues that a better approach to the problems they are intended to solve would be to ensure that water should be controlled ‘not by governments and companies, but by communities who will… read more »

George Walford: Liveried Lackeys

One might have expected the various movements opposing hierarchy and exploitation – socialism, communism and anarchism – to work together against the common opponents. But most murders take place within families, and each of these movements reserves its bitterest venom for its close predecessors in the series. Here is Trotsky on reformist socialism: Together with… read more »

George Walford: Meet Systematic Ideology (62)

(Revision of August 1992) IDEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY announces itself as a journal of systematic ideology (s.i.), but it does not claim final knowledge of this theory; the formulation that looked like the ultimate last month needs alteration now, and the account given here undergoes continuing revision. S.I. starts from observation of the limited success achieved alike… read more »

George Walford: NIAT (62)

IC stands committed to the proposition that Nothing Is Absolutely True (giving the acronym NIAT). The journal concerns itself with discussion, with propositions, and NIAT asserts that no one of these is completely true in every sense, at all times, without reservation and under all conditions. It is an instance of the only fully universal… read more »