George Walford: Work and Leisure

According to the newspapers and the politicians one of the most serious problems facing Britain and much of the developed world today is the presence of large numbers – millions – of people without productive work and with no hope of obtaining it in the near future. The problem is precisely that: a shortage of… read more »

George Walford: Judging the Judges

People who have newly met systematic ideology sometimes have difficulty in grasping the special sense in which the term “intellectual” is used. They tend to think that here, as in common usage, it is synonymous with “brainworker” and consequently are unable to accept propositions such as that the left wing tend to be intellectual, the… read more »

George Walford: Bits and Pieces

They laughed at Einstein, but he went right ahead and invented relatives. – – – In the paper recently issued, Dialectic of Demand, it is shown to be mainly in social affairs that paradox and dialectical contradiction are to be found. It seems the author of that paper was not the first to note this,… read more »

George Walford: Teachers to the Barricades

To say the computer is producing a revolution in education has become almost a cliche, but those who say this seldom have more in mind than, firstly, education in the use of computers and, secondly, the use of computers as educational aids. These are certainly changes, and big ones, but they are rather addition than… read more »

George Walford: Bits and Pieces

One collects oddments of ideological interest intending to write them up, but the writing-up doesn’t always get done and they get out of date. Here area few that seemed to be of enough interest in themselves to be worth reproducing: Motoring: This is from the motoring column in the Observer of 4 Feb 79: I… read more »

George Walford: The Price of Precision

Exact science is able to be exact only by excluding inexactitude. In Euclidean geometry (paradigmatic of exact science) a proposition will begin: “Let ABC be a triangle… ” This establishes that what follows relates only to figures which are, exactly and without qualifications, triangles, figures bounded each of them by three lines (possessing length but… read more »

George Walford: Did Walsby Get This Bit Wrong?

I have said and written a good deal about Harold Walsby’s theories and have always set myself as it were on his side, accepting what he said and trying to take it farther. But there is one paper he issued which I am not able to accept; his diagram entitled “Attitude to Paradox,” which appears… read more »