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George Walford: An Outline Sketch of Systematic Ideology

“The theory of systematic ideology indicates that we have to accept the range of major ideologies, and the groups identified with them, as enduring features of our society. This points to the conclusion that an adequate political structure would be one in accordance with the ideological structure, one which recognised that the major ideologies, and… read more »

George Walford: The Cosmic Situation

When we turn to consider the respective identifications of the two main ideological classes with the non-social world (what Walsby terms their cosmic situations), we find a reversal of the identifications which they respectively exhibit with existing society. The eidostatics, (positively identified with existing society), are negatively identified with the non-social world, and the eidodynamics,… read more »

George Walford: The Group Situation

The environment in which we live can be divided in many ways. For the ideologist one significant division is between the social group and the rest of the environment. The two main ideological classes, eidostatic and eidodynamic, each display a characteristic pair of identifications, one with the social group (Walsby terms this the group situation),… read more »

George Walford: Intellect

As one moves along the range from protostatic toward metadynamic so the original identification with the static principle comes to be replaced by identification with dynamism. There are other ideological features which follow a similar course of development as one moves along the ideological range, and in the next section we shall briefly discuss some… read more »

George Walford: Ideological Development

The order in which the major ideologies have been presented, running from protostatic to metadynamic, is not an arbitrary one. This is the order in which they succeed each other in the development of the individual. We all begin life as protostatics, some remain in this phase and others become epistatics. Some remain in this… read more »

George Walford: The Major Ideologies

Each of the major ideologies is capable of being expressed in relation to any field of existence, in relation to man, the natural World, the physical universe, the realm of ideas, and so on. In the field of abstract thought they appear as the different major philosophies (or classes of philosophies), and they can also… read more »

George Walford: Ideological Groups

Each of us has his own unique ideology, his system of identifications and assumptions, which is not the same as that of anybody else. Also, some of the particular assumptions within each unique set are peculiar to the person concerned. Each of us has, for example, assumptions concerning his own body which he shares with… read more »

George Walford: Definition of an Ideology

An ideology is usually thought of rather vaguely, as a person’s system of ideas, or set of beliefs or values, or his general outlook, or mental attitude. We are now able to define it more sharply, as the set of assumptions with which he is identified. Or, in Walsby’s more extended definition: (An ideology is)… read more »

George Walford: Assumption and Identification

The twin foundation stones of ideological theory are the associated concepts of assumption and identification. Assumption: Ideology is one of the studies concerned with thought, and it is general practice, among those who study thinking, to distinguish between the true and the false. It is, indeed, often taken for granted that the establishment of this… read more »

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 »