Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology

George Walford: The Field of Ideology

The term “ideology,” like the term “psychology,” is used with three distinct meanings. It refers to that which is studied, to the activity of studying it, and to the theory resulting from that study. (Also, by analogy with “psychologist,” we shall refer to the student of ideology as an ideologist). Ideology (that which is studied)… read more »

George Walford: Ideology and the Left

Walsby came to develop a theory of ideology which relates to all our purposive or intentional behaviour, but his starting-point was political. The immediate cause of his rejection of Left-wing political theory was the crucial perception that the Left is not a specifically working-class movement nor the Right a specifically capitalist or bourgeois one. It… read more »

George Walford: The Walsby Society

The Walsby Society is concerned with the theories of the late Harold Walsby. This pamphlet sketches Walsby’s work in ideology; he also worked in other areas, notably in philosophy, mathematical logic, and the development of a dialectical algebra. His object, in all these studies, was to understand thought, thought itself and its effect upon the… read more »

George Walford: You Cannot Join the Walsby Society

The object of The Walsby Society is to develop and make known the work of the late Harold Walsby. The Society has no formal membership, no funds, no Constitution. People who take part in its work do so on their own initiative, on their own respensibility and at their own expense. Harold Walsby worked in… read more »

Peter Shepherd: The Walsby Society

When Harold Walsby died suddenly at his home in the Lake District early in May 1973, he had not lived in London for some twenty years and no organized group concerned with promulgating or pursuing his views had existed for at least seventeen years. Only a few of his friends and former associates in London… read more »

George Walford: Where Do We Go from Here?

This is intended to be the first of a series of articles (it will probably not be a regular series) speculating on the future development of systematic ideology, its future development not just as a theory but as a body of opinion, in relation to society at large. The main features of the theory, so… read more »

George Walford: Preface to Beyond Politics

In 1977 I published a pamphlet, An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology, and in 1979 a book entitled Ideologies and their Functions; a study in systematic ideology. Since then systematic ideology has developed, and the present work is intended to take the place of those earlier efforts. I have made contributions to the theory, especially… read more »