George Walford: The (Anarcho) Socialist Party of Great Britain (39)

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George Walford: From Politics to Ideology

This article follows on from the one entitled THE POLITICAL SERIES in IC34. The six groups spoken of are the main-sequence political movements, those known in Britain as conservatism, liberalism, socialism and communism, with the non-political people preceding conservatism and anarchism (including the (A-)SPGB) following communism. – GW We now have before us six groups… read more »

George Gook: Are Intellectuals Intelligent?

Harold Walsby, in several of the talks he gave, insisted on the importance of the difference between intellect and intelligence. I never heard him elaborate the point, but recognition of it is crucial for a grasp of systematic ideology. In those early days I assumed that his distinction was based upon the political terminology of… read more »

George Walford: Any Publicity…

Ayatollah Khomeini has done almost as good a job for Selman Rushdie’s book as the British Government did for Peter Wright’s and the Chicago authorities, in their own smaller way, are trying to help two young artists, David Nelson and Scott Tyler. As his graduation exercise for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,… read more »

Harold Walsby: The Great Man Theory

This piece by Walsby originally appeared in the SOCIALIST LEADER for March 15 1952; the argument is less simple-minded than the opening paragraphs may suggest. (In 1989 the Da Vinci exhibition is at the Hayward Gallery; Tetra Associates have built a full-scale model of his flying machine. – GW) Have you been to the da… read more »

George Walford: Editorial Notes (39)

OLD CAUSES and old slogans are losing their appeal; the bright young people no longer see themselves leading the masses into violent revolution. Gender and race resonate more loudly than class. Peterloo may still rank above Waterloo, but the emancipation of the slaves shines brighter than either, while the formerly exploited workers of western Europe… read more »

George Walford: Introducing Ideological Commentary (39)

Revision of May 1989 IDEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY is devoted to the development and exposition of systematic ideology, a theory originated and largely developed by the late Harold Walsby. We do not claim final or exhaustive understanding of it; the formulation that looked like the ultimate last month needs alteration now, and the partial account given here… read more »

George Walford: Which Freedom?

The Trades Description Act says, more or less, that dealers must not tell lies about their goods. When it was going through Parliament one MP asked whether it would apply to politicians’ promises, and the House dissolved in laughter. Yet the temptation to accept the politicians’ words at their own valuation has to be resisted;… read more »

George Walford: The Source of Anarchism

This article is reprinted from Raven, the anarchist quarterly, Volume 2, No. 1, June 1988. [1] It has been slightly revised, clarifying the argument. How do people come to be anarchists? At first sight this seems to be an easy one to answer. There may be a few original minds who work it out for… read more »