George Walford: Explaining the Explainers

It is sometimes suggested that people take the political positions they do because of their personalities. Thus Adorno and his colleagues have suggested that fascism is particularly linked with “the authoritarian personality” and Eysenck has suggested that adoption of this or that position is connected with one’s “tough-” or “tender-mindedness.” One way of testing an… read more »

Abert Meltzer: Reply to the Article Entitled “The Anarchist Police Force”

The article “The Anarchist Police Force” contains the usual inaccuracies and generalisations of articles of this nature. There is an abysmal ignorance of the anarchist anarcho-syndicalist movement in Spain in this, country and its history (pre-organisational; years of struggle; civil war; after; today). But superficial Marxist observers have some flip answers. All agree that in… read more »

George Walford: Reply to the Reply

It is of course in order to use a reply to an article as a chance to put one’s own case over. But the conventions require that the “reply” should at least pretend to be relevant to the main theme of the original, and Mr. Meltzer has not made much effort in that direction. The… read more »

George Walford: Introducing Ideology

TEACH (Technology, Education and Change) is a new pressure group concerned about the impact of microprocessors and other technologies on education. We hope in the next issue of IC to have an article giving an account of its work. In the meantime, if you want to knot more, write to: Colin Mably, S.L.U., [ADDRESS]. TEACH… read more »

George Walford: Latest News from the Class Struggle Front

Sir Anthony Blunt has confessed to being a Marxist and a Soviet spy. Sir Anthony is (or was) a Cambridge don, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Another one of those Working-class Communists. from Ideological Commentary 3, December 1979.

George Walford: On Liberty, Despotism and Suppression

We are all familiar with the famous passage from J. S. Mill’s essay On Liberty. Or if we are not then we ought to be, and IC makes no apology for reproducing its crucial sentences: The object of this essay is to assert one very simple principle… That principle is that the sole end for… read more »

George Walford: Teacup Ideology

The handles on teacups make it difficult to carry many of them. They don’t “nest” neatly, the pile topples to one side and you drop the lot. Teacups would be easier to carry if they did not have handles. But teacups are not, primarily, for carrying about. They are for drinking hot liquids from, and… read more »

George Walford: Define Your Definitions

One comment received, in response to the talks at Friends House, was that the key terms used ought to have been defined. The trouble with definition of terms is that it presupposes a number of terms, with meanings thoroughly understood and universally accepted, that can be used to construct the definition. Failing this, one is… read more »