George Walford: New Readers Start Here (19)

Ideological Commentary announces itself as “an independent journal of systematic ideology,” but we do not claim final knowledge of this theory; the formulation that looked like the ultimate last month needs alteration now, and the account given here will be subject to continuous revision. The theory was created and largely developed by the late Harold… read more »

George Walford: The Unteachables

In IC18 it was reported that questioning at a branch had elicited the admission that when the party says the capitalists perform no significant role in society it is speaking inaccurately; the capitalist class performs the highly significant function of exploiting the workers. The Socialist Standard for June 85 repeats this inaccuracy: “The social role… read more »

George Walford: Letter to the Socialist Standard

We have had members of this party saying that instead of circulating our criticisms we should put them in a letter to the Socialist Standard, where they would be answered. The editors of that journal have other ideas. We keep trying, but in future letters sent them will appear here. This one was sent them… read more »

George Walford: The End of Work (6)

IN IC18 we reported Ray Hammond’s comment that the whole of the typesetting industry was being eliminated by the computer in half a decade. Now another industry – admittedly a smaller one – is also about to disappear. For something like a thousand years copyists have produced the musical scores needed by performers, but now… read more »

George Walford: Freud and Hegel

(This piece is reprinted from an early precursor of IC in the study of Harold Walsby’s theory of ideology: SCIENCE AND IDEOLOGY, edited by Richard Tatham, Nos. 2 and 3, 1948, the year after publication of The Domain of Ideologies. There are passages in it we would now express differently; in 1985 one cannot speak… read more »

George Walford: Similarities

Those who believe that the social system of the USSR is substantially different from that found in America sometimes cite, in support of their belief, the frequent refusal of the Russian authorities to allow their citizens to travel abroad. William Hinton is an American citizen; in 1951 he returned home from China intending to write… read more »

Adrian Williams: Dialectical Psychology

As explained by Walford (1981) with references back to Harold Walsby’s paper The Paradox Principle and Modular Systems Generally, the particular value of dialectical logic lies in the comprehension of intellectual and social matters. For the process of manipulating the physical world in order to survive as individuals or as a society formal logic is… read more »

Zvi Lamm: Ideology in Education

(A talk given by Dr. Zvi Lamm,of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Highgate, London, on Thursday 28th March, 1985. This talk was delivered informally and at short notice; here it has undergone the editing called for by the transition from speech to writing). My concern with ideology began many years ago, and for some… read more »

George Walford: Heroes and Devils

In the Introduction to The Messiah and the Mandarins (London, 1982, Weidenfeld and Nicholson), Dennis Bloodworth speaks of Chairman Mao: the characteristics of the hero that enabled him to perform the almost incredible feat of ‘liberating’ all China then prompted him to shatter the society he had created. This is nonsense. The idea that one… read more »

George Walford: The Gentle Killers

In IC16, under the title “What Shall We Call It?,” we pointed out that the conception of the East as gentle and mystical, against the aggressive, grimly practical hardness of the West, is a projection of the protodynamic ideology. Among the Eastern countries most highly respected, by the left-wing intelligentsia, for their gentleness, was Ceylon,… read more »