George Walford: Notes & Quotes (64)

EXPEDIENCY: the ideology in which conscience comes as a still, small voice saying somebody may be watching. LIBERAL reformers of the 19th C feared an extended franchise: ‘The masses were then, as now, more conservative than their champions: (Peter Gay in The Cultivation of Hatred). AN ideology is a way of organising reality. ANOTHER driver… read more »

Austin Meredith: Letter

Dear George, We received your #29. Let’s talk together on these topics. 1. On page 17 you ask if Lord Acton, as a religious person, could have applied his famous remark to the concept of an all-powerful deity. If there is in this world an inverse correlation between powerfulness and purity, would not an all-powerful… read more »

Austin Meredith: Letter to the Editor

I am basing these remarks on your “Charity Perpetuates Poverty” essay on page 6 of IC32, about kindness that prolongs suffering, food shipments that prolong starvation by perpetuating an evil establishment, where you comment: There is nothing wrong in making gifts that leave us feeling happier, provided the recipient also benefits, but if there is… read more »

Austin Meredith: Quakers, Anarchy, Slaughter

Autogestion and omnarchy have been suggested as better names for the “anarchist” movement. For too many people, anarchy requires disorder, and this presumption gets in the way of communication. Because the goal of the true anarchist is to open up a personal space, free of external governance, so that we may be free to be… read more »

George Walford: After the Empires

Each empire had its enemies, but serious resistance to the principle of imperialism did not arise until late in the Eighteenth Century, when the sans-culottes erupted against the aristos – both groups defined by political attachment rather than rank or income, the aristos often plebeians and the sans-culottes wearers of revolutionary trousers instead of reactionary… read more »

George Walford: Ideology Beyond Politics

People engaged in trades, and in professions outside party politics do not normally think of their activities as influenced by ideology, but governments sometimes take a different view. In Russia after 1917, in Germany after 1933, in China after 1948 and elsewhere at other times, the attempt was made to reduce the workings of a… read more »

George Walford: The Eidodynamic

Since introducing Walsby’s ascription of the ideologies of Expediency, Domination and Precision to the eidostatic and those of Reform, Revolution and Repudiation to the eidodynamic, I have spoken only of the first three. We found each of these established as the distinctive mark of a stage in social development, but the same cannot be said… read more »

George Walford: Synopsis of Beyond Politics

This undated and previously unpublished work was discovered among the papers of the George Walford. SYSTEMATIC IDEOLOGY – A study of the Structure, origin and evolution of ideologies Introduction Ideology, usually seen as a distorting influence, is best understood as a normal part of social life. Karl Marx’s class theory of ideology is the only… read more »

Bob Black: Black Definitions

MORALITY? The idea in the mind of God that survived his death. NIHILISM? Confusing transvaluation with devaluation. NORTH AMERICA? The lost Continent of Moo. PARVENU? Plays racquetball, can’t spell it. PEDERASTY? Child rearing. PESSIMISTS? Have chocolate tunnel vision. POSEUR? Reads Edgar Allen Poe in the original French. PUNK? Eine kleine Nichtmusik. THE SEVENTIES? History’s 13th… read more »

Brian Morris: Indian Materialism

Systematic ideology presents the major ideologies as following the same broad outlines in all advancing societies. This view sometimes meets the objection that in the East, and especially in India, development has followed a different course, spiritual rather than technological or materialistic. “The mystic East” is a key phrase. This article provides, from Indian sources,… read more »