George Walford: The (Anarcho-) Socialist Party (47)

MERSEYSIDE RESPOND (Part One of Three) Merseyside Branch of the (A-) SPGB have sent a response to some of the comments on this party made in IC . Too long to print as one item it will appear in three parts (each with a reply from IC ) of which this is the first. –… read more »

George Walford: The Two-Sided Anarchist (47)

This is not intended as propaganda either for anarchism or against it. It’s about freedom, using anarchism as a test-case because this movement is usually believed, by anarchists and others, to stand for unlimited freedom, in every sense, for everybody. One would expect anarchism to be among the biggest movements, for how can anybody reject… read more »

Peter Cadogan: Gnostics as Anarchists of Old

A big problem in systematic ideology, and one that seems likely to be with us for a while yet, is to pin down the first appearance of each of the major ideologies. Not just their emergence as enduring political movements but their truly first appearance, first in any field. It seems probable that even the… read more »

George Walford: Tightening the Nuts

A Letter to the Editor. Sir, George Walford in his review (IC 46) of Spanner (Issue No. 1) is misinformed. There is no such thing as a “Spanner group” – at least not in any formal sense of the word – and, consequently, the title of his review of the same organisation from which he… read more »

George Walford: Freedom (47)

Access to land has long been one of the more important freedoms, and libertarians will be glad to know that the “More Land for Homes Campaign 1990” (a consortium of building societies, builders and builders’ merchants) is demanding that the authorities release more land for building. The Campaign estimates that up to two million more… read more »

George Walford: Doing the Splits (47)

During a squabble in the House of Commons one Tory whip described the condition of the Parliamentary Labour Party as “total anarchy.” His own side, on the contrary, is run like the Praetorian Guard: “If the chief whip says ‘jump out of the window’ we form an orderly line and out we go.” (Sunday Times… read more »

George Walford: A Wooden World

John Perlin A Forest Journey; The role of wood in the development of civilization. NY & London, W.W. Norton & Co. 1989. 445 pages, ISBN 0 393 02667 1. £14.95. It would hardly be going too far to say that in A Forest Journey John Perlin presents a society made of wood. Old Stone Age,… read more »

George Walford: Editorial Notes (47)

RATIONALISTS convinced that religion is on the way out might bear in mind that the world’s largest human gathering is still the pilgrimage to Allahabad that takes place every twelve years. Some 15 million people gather for ritual bathing. JOHN Chadwick, QC, is quoted: “Secrecy is the badge of fraud.” (Observer 29 July) It is… read more »

George Walford: Introducing Ideological Commentary (47)

Revision of January 1990. IDEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY announces itself as an independent journal of systematic ideology, but it does 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. Systematic ideology is the creation of the… read more »