George Walford and Ike Benjamin: The Sad Case of the SPGB

THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN claims to be putting forward a “clear” and “logical” case. Since the founding of the Party, nearly eighty years ago, that case has consistently been rejected by the overwhelming majority of those who have heard it, by the overwhelming majority even of those who have heard it repeatedly. The… read more »

George Walford: Exploring Ideology

Ideology used to mean false consciousness, distorted thinking and end ability to change. For Marx it meant reaction. That was in the 19th Century and thinking has moved forward. Now Roy Hattersley writes on his own Labour Party having an ideology and Noel Sullivan uses “Conservative Ideology” without conservatives objecting. One firm publishes a series… read more »

George Walford: Socialist Understanding

The Socialist party of Great Britain (not to be confused with the Labour Party) is a small organization to the left of Left. It holds that modern industrial society is divided into two classes, a large working class the produces but not but does not possess, a small capitalist class the possesses but does not… read more »

Revised 1945 Constitution of the Social Science Association

Adopted on the 15th of October, 1945. I. TITLE. The organisation functioning under this Constitution shall be known by the title of “THE SOCIAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION.” In this Constitution it is referred to as “the Association. II. OBJECTS. The objects of the Association are: (a) To carry on and encourage research into the nature, structure… read more »

Social Science Cultural Groups Organization: The More We Get Together

The More We Get Together. [London]: Social Science Association, nd. Art likely by Harold Walsby. An invitation to join the (entirely fictitious) SSA United Groups: Social Club, Dance Club, Sports Club, Fashion Club, Travel Society, Film Society, Crime Club, Aero Club, Music Society, Stage Society, Arts Society, Radio Club, Book Club, Garden Club, Nature Club,… read more »

Gilmac: The Domain of Sterilities

The Domain of Ideologies by Harold Walsby (1947, William Maclellan, Glasgow, 10s 6d) is a very disappointing book.  Purporting to be a new and a scientific explanation of the origin, development and structure of ideologies, it consists mainly of baseless statements, logical fallacies, and the rehash of outworn ideas; the whole of which is presented… read more »

A. W. Spencer-Bragg (Harold Walsby): The Final Crusade

Not till a natural science of collective life has been created… Can we expect to enter into a really human era of history… in which collective life evolves… according to reason. -S. de Madariaga. Throughout the ages, since the dawn of human society, men have quarrelled, fought and made war upon one another. Whatever their… read more »

A. W. Spencer-Bragg (Harold Walsby): The International Volcano

It cannot be denied that for a society… to whom unlimited energy means unlimited power for war and destruction there is an ominous cloud in the distance… – Sir Arthur Eddington The aftermath of the most gigantic war in all history discloses to the more discerning mind a situation which is fraught with the direst… read more »

A. W. Spencer-Bragg (Harold Walsby): While Rome Burns

One of the most terrifying symptoms of the present time is the complete indifference of the average person to politics, apart from the squabbles about party. -Professor Sir John Graham Kerr, M.P. In earlier chapters we have drawn attention to the magnitude and urgency of the problems arising from the impact of science on our… read more »

A. W. Spencer-Bragg (Harold Walsby): Scientific Superstitions

The real problem is how scientific resources can be co-ordinated with our inadequate knowledge of mankind and the relation of man to man. Dr. J. F. Moutford, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University. In view of the very strong position occupied by scientists in modern civilisation – the fact that they hold many of the most strategic… read more »