George Walford: The Future of IC

Of the promises made in the early days of IC at least one has been kept: that it would appear irregularly. Do you want to see it more frequently? This is more likely to happen if you send in material; either original work or relevant quotations (but please understand if we are not able to… read more »

George Walford: Creative Ideology

When thinking about ideology we tend to assume that the most it can do is to affect the way we think about, and respond to, existent things. But there is reason to believe that it does more than that, that according to whether we are identified with this or that ideology we act as if… read more »

George Walford: Language, Yes, But Truth? And Logic?

A book which has hovered in the background of philosophical discussion for several decades is Ayer’s Language, Truth and Logic. According to the blurb on my Penguin copy it is “the original English manifesto of Logical Positivism. It remains the classic statement of this form of empiricist philosophy and still retains its interest after more… read more »

George Walford: The Intelligence of the Anti-Intellectuals

In order to understand systematic ideology it is essential to grasp the distinction between intelligence and intellectuality (in the special sense in which this latter term is used in s.i. Here is some evidence confirming that such a distinction does exist. Nazism is the anti-intellectual political movement par excellence, but the IQs of the Nazi… read more »

George Walford: Power Belongs to the People

In 1936 Goering was instructed by Hitler to build up the German air force: But where was the money to come from to pay for the air force expansion? Goering went to Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, who was in charge of the Reich’s economic affairs, and asked that bossy and self-confident character for increased subventions. He… read more »

George Walford: Demystifying Mysticism

One of the many subjects on which almost no ideological work has been done is mysticism. I do not propose to undertake a study of it here. All I want to do is to examine two things sometimes thought to constitute barriers to any objective investigation of the subject. The first thing to be done… read more »

George Walford: Aristotle Again

This is from Ouspensky, Tertium Organon, 2nd Edn., 1934: Our usual logic, by which we live, without which ‘the shoe-maker will not sew the boot,’ is deduced from the simple scheme formulated by Aristotle in those writings which were edited by his pupils under the common name of Organon, i.e. the Instrument (of thought). This… read more »

George Walford: The Abstraction of Economics

In The Dialectic of Demand it was shown that Aristotelian logic is not sufficient for the full comprehension of society or, therefore, for its effective control. Dialectic also was needed. This is not generally recognised, the attempt continues to be made to study society “scientifically” (which usually means on Aristotelian principles) in the expectation that… read more »

George Walford: Maintaining the Differentials

In a cutting from the Guardian which is so old the ink with which I dated it has faded almost to disappearance (looks like May 30 but the year has completely gone), Harry Whewell discusses the way in which vegetarianism has become fashionable just as the poor have become able to afford meat. He raises… read more »

Adrian Williams: Disability, Psychology and Ideology

In the December 1981 issue of The Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, p.456, Merryl J. Cross, who describes herself as disabled and a psychologist, makes an attack on the orthodox approach used by psychologists in helping the disabled to adjust to their surroundings. The disabled are deemed to be well adjusted according to how… read more »