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I think it's better to review the various ways in which the word "ideology" has been used - as he has done. Disagreements often occur because people are using the word in different ways without being aware of it. There is no agreed definition, and the reasons for the different uses often themselves have ideological roots.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 01:59:30 PM EST
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Everybody more or less agrees that ideology is a system of ideas.
The qualifications then differ, but are quite complementary: an action-oriented system of ideas, a socially conditioned one, a populist one, a misleading utopia meant to conserve the existing social order, the enemy of historical materialism (and of science).
Everybody rushed to explain when ideology arises, why, what is its purpose, how it relates to 'reality' (the summit of ideological hypocrisy, this one), how it is undistinguishable from reality and so on.

Religion is one. Religion begins with the inner man, with  spirituality, goes on to morals, then to a particular view of the world, and ends organizing the society. Ideologies start with a view of the world and how to best organize it, consequently generate a moral system and end up shaping the man.
My claim is that there is no fundamental difference of category between spirituality and ideology.

The last article I quoted makes the assumption that ideologies would be mere products of human spirituality, even when they won't look that way.

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 03:24:34 PM EST
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