George Walford: The (Anarcho-)Socialist Party (33)

IC holds out a continuing invitation: We undertake to print any statement of up to 1,000 words carrying the approval of this party, or one of its branches. Letters from individual members will appear if they are cogent, interesting and concise, and if space permits. If you want your letter to appear unedited or not… read more »

George Walford: War or Peace?

Since 1945 no major power has used warfare to subjugate another; tensions which in the past would have led to a head-on collision have been kept under control. The change has been ascribed to the presence of nuclear weaponry, raising the stakes to an unacceptable level, and that is doubtless a factor, but we cannot… read more »

Elizabeth Hope: Divisiveness

What is it breeds divisiveness? Disraeli’s hold one-nation dream? Churchill’s clear far-sightedness? Thatcher’s people-power theme? Is national unity more cleft By powers of the right – or left? By Bevan’s ‘Tory vermin’ scream? Or Bernie Grant’s ‘good hiding’ steam? Or Labour’s pledge to soak the rich with avaricious nose a-twitch? From class divisions Labour spoke…. read more »

George Walford: Togetherness

When the left began to take part in British municipal government the enthusiasm of its supporters for setting up communal services earned its activities the title of ‘gas and water socialism.’ The Labour Party, during its periods of office, moved national life in the same direction. Education, sanitation, medicine, fuel, transport and, for a great… read more »

George Walford: Progress of Reason

We are constantly being told that society as a whole progresses towards ever higher levels of rationality, but some of the revelations occuring in the wake of the American TV-religion scandals go to support a different view. One of the movements involved is ‘PTL’ – variously interpreted as ‘Praise the Lord’ or ‘Pass the Loot’… read more »

George Walford: Shakespeare Too

In several issues of IC we have quoted passages, expressing observations and insights forming part of s.i., by writers who were unaware of the theory. Now we can add Shakespeare to the list. The hunter-gatherers, and the non-political people (the expedient or protostatic group) in our own society, largely confine their area of moral responsibility… read more »

Harold Walsby: Socialism, ‘Pure’ and Scientific

Here we continue reprinting Walsby’s contributions to the Socialist Leader in the 1950s, from copy supplied by Ellis Hillman. His piece in the issue of 8 December 1951 is not clear apart from the letter it refers to, so we print the relevant extracts from that first; it starts by referring to the article by… read more »

George Walford: Leading the Leader

In the effort to support their claim to represent the working class, or the poor, or the people, the left find themselves driven to promote a number of other misconceptions. They claim, for example, that the contents of the newspapers, television and radio programmes are selected by, or under the influence of, the capitalist class… read more »

George Walford: Drugs

Pat Robertson, a television preacher now seeking the Republican nomination in the US Presidential election, recently visited a school in the remote and mountainous north of New Hampshire. He asked the pupils whether they had taken drugs or knew anybody who had done so, and everybody in the room put a hand up. [1] If… read more »

George Walford: True Marxism

We all know the answer given by the British Museum Library attendant, asked if he remembered Karl Marx: ‘Why, yes, I remember Mr. Marx very well. Came every day for years, he did. Then he stopped coming, and nobody ever heard of him again. I often wonder what became of him.’ He may have been… read more »