Peter Shepherd

George Walford Memorial Notes and Quotes

I FIRST MET GEORGE in 1948 after being introduced to the group by Peter Shepherd and after several sessions with Harold Walsby. My situation was rather different from that of other newcomers in that year – there was a campaign directed against the SPGB, as the result of which several new members were recruited. By… read more »

George Walford: The Annual Harold Walsby Memorial Lecture for 1980

We propose that the Annual Harold Walsby Lecture for 1980 be an exposition of the theory, originated and largely developed by Harold Walsby, now known as systematic ideology, or of some aspect of that theory, as the lecturer may choose. We propose that Peter Shepherd, who is a lecturer by profession, who has already given… read more »

George Walford: The Transparent Mask of Marxism

Suggested by the paper by Peter Rollings entitled: THE FACES OF MARXISM AND WHAT THEY CONCEAL, presented to the Walsby Society in March 1975. The paper by Peter Rollings, THE FACES OF MARXISM AND WHAT THEY CONCEAL, has one quality in common with every serious political study. It leaves the reader feeling that however many… read more »

Harold Walsby: Letter to Seton Pollock

Peter Shepherd, in a 1998 letter to Trevor Blake, describes this as “a letter from Harold Walsby to an Ipsden friend or aquaintance – not an Ipsden resident, as far as I know, but presumably a frequent participant in Braziers Park weekends.” Perhaps Seton Pollock the mathematician? My dear Seton, Many thanks for your most… read more »

John Rowan: George Walford Memorial

Harold Walsby circa 1940s I don’t know when I met George, but it must have been after 1951, when I came back to London after raveling round the North of England with Harold Walsby, selling encyclopaedias. There were several of us at that time interested in Walsby’s ideas, and the two I knew best were… read more »

P. J. Rollings: Harold Walsby (1911-1975) A Brief Intellectual Biography

  Although for some years he was an educational salesman and publisher and also taught Logic for a year to sociology students at the University of Reading (1970-71) Harold Walsby earned his living mainly by painting and drawing and other artistic production. For about the first twenty years of his adult life he lived in… read more »

Peter Hunot: Ideology Before Walsby, Some Notes on Karl Mannheim’s Work on Ideology

Prepared in connection with the course on Fundamentals of Ideological Division, an Introduction to the Domain of Ideologies by Peter Shepherd at City University. Owing to shortness of time, difficulty in borrowing the material and an underestimation of the problem of making a clear analysis of the stand points and definitions of the thought of… read more »

Peter Shepherd: George Walford Memorial

I wish I had been able to write much earlier, if only to give credibility to my expression of regret, forming in fact one of the main supplementary reasons for the writing of this letter, that I never made my peace with George. I suppose I vaguely thought the breach would heal itself in the… read more »

Peter Shepherd: Harold Walsby, Independent Thinker

“A draft Introduction for an intended second edition of Harold Walsby’s The Domain of Ideologies. […] It is important that a new edition of the book, if and when it appears, should have benefited from all possible sources of information about its background and a variety of views about its approach and implications.” Peter Shepherd,… read more »

Peter Shepherd: Origins and Limitations of the Walsby Viewpoint

“An adaption of some notes about Walsby and the SSA I wrote in April 1965, when in Ghana […] it was not published […] The 1965 notes were called ‘Thoughts on the African Identity’ and included an account and attempted analysis not only of that question and of ‘Social Rationality’ (the expression I used for… read more »