George Walford: Doing the Splits (60)

Under this title IC reports instances of the divisiveness of the eidodynamics. This feature contrasts with the emphasis on loyalty, faith in the leader and ‘don’t rock the boat’ displayed by the eidostatics. NOTING the difficulties of the government, Michael Jones remarked that the Labour MPs should be cheerful: ‘But they are not, because the… read more »

George Walford: Eastern Ideology

A. C. Graham 1991 Unreason Within Reason: Essays on the Outskirts of Rationality Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company. 309 pages. Cloth 0-8126-9166-0 $59.95; Paper 0-8126-9167-9 $19.95. Reviewed by George Walford. Physical science, high technology, market capitalism and political democracy belong to a syndrome. Although now worldwide, it emerged spontaneously only in western Europe, arriving elsewhere… read more »

George Walford: Riot Against Revolution

High among anarchist journals stands the American publication Anarchy, a Journal of Desire Armed.[1] Aggressive, outspoken, provocative, highly literate, excellently edited, maintaining professional standards of production, stretching through the bars of the anarchist ghetto to reach the bookstalls, we highly recommend it. (As an added attraction, it vigorously opposes the ideas put forward in IC,… read more »

George Walford: The Rational Effort

For people who claim to be rational, or trying to become so, one task overrides all others: to understand the society we both inhabit and constitute. Only by doing this can we hope to understand ourselves, our gods or our environment, for all of these are largely produced by our ideology-governed society. People display different… read more »

George Walford: Sexual Ideology

For a few years there it looked as though the ancient barriers were down at last. The permissive society had arrived. We still had to work, and war, unemployment and other old enemies were just over the horizon, but sex was free. A natural impulse long repressed, it had now burst out and the young,… read more »

George Walford: Mises, Marx and Markets

David Ramsay Steele, 1992, From Marx to Mises, post-capitalist society and the challenge of economic calculation. Chicago: Open Court. 6 x 9 in., 458 pages. $17.95 paper, $39.95 cloth. Reviewed by George Walford Remember Lenin, and his claim that imperialism was the highest and final stage of capitalism? The empires he knew have gone but… read more »

George Walford: Creative Argument

Local councils in the UK had to be barred from using ‘creative accounting’ to get round financial restrictions imposed by central government. How about ‘creative argument’ as a name for attempts to get round the restrictions imposed by responsible thinking? For example: The Mount Everest Fallacy: Some have become socialists (communists, anarchists); this shows that… read more »

George Walford: Before That Hand

‘Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to… read more »

George Walford: The Gods of Buddhism

It is sometimes suggested that the original message of all religious leaders is at bottom the same. The truer view is, I think, that different religious leaders have taught very different messages; it is in what men do to those messages in the process of forming religious institutions that there is essential similarity. (Robert Thouless)… read more »

George Walford: Notes & Quotes (60)

IC 57 invited readers to send in new titles for IC. The limited response suggests that few find the present one bad enough to justify a search for alternatives and nobody, we are glad to say, proposed SISYPHUS. ENGLISH Heritage, managing Hampstead Heath, have one excellent arrangement: small railed-off areas in which dogs can attend… read more »