Beyond Politics by George Walford
244 pages, 8vo, paperback ISBN 978-1944651237
Original edition 1990, new edition 2021
“Ideology” used to indicate something causing false consciousness in other parties while the speaker’s movement remained free of its baneful influence. Now that is changing; politicians are beginning to speak of their own party as having an ideology. Beyond Politics shows that this change has not yet gone far enough, for the influence extends beyond political parties and movements. New edition incorporating author’s unpublished annotations, additional rare and original materials. The masterwork of George Walford (1919-1994) and the finest introduction to his theory, systematic ideology.
Anarchists pride themselves on disagreeing with each other but most of them hold some ideas in common, for example that anarchism stands for freedom, has a special connection with the poor, and became a large movement in Spain; that it stands apart from all other movements; that it advocates a natural condition. And of course anarchists don’t vote or form a party. The following pages challenge every one of these beliefs. Before throwing the book away, ask yourself: Has anarchism been doing all that well? Should anarchists be satisfied to carry on as they are? Some of the worst things in history have taken place while the anarchist movement has been at work: the Somme, Auschwitz, Hiroshima, man-made famines and attempted genocide. New introduction by Trevor Blake, comprehensive reviews and criticisms, original index.
“It is my belief that Walsby’s theory is one of the most important and interesting in its field, even if one includes the great theories of the founders of ideological study, as well as those formulated during the classical period.” – Dr. Zvi Lamm, , MA, PhD, of the School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Complete text of the 1947 edition with new bibliography, new index, new afterward and more. The foundation document of systematic ideology.