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On Ideology: The Fantasies Of Malcontents

06 January 2015 @ 14:46

A sentence in a comment left by Friend In The Ether Ernst Schreiber in a post over at Protein Wisdom, prompted me to the following thoughts on Ideology and Ideologues…

Ernst wrote: ‘In the present age, ideology has defined reality.’

That, of course, is it’s purpose, which is born out of a profound dissatisfaction with Life as it is. All Ideologies are nothing but the fantasies of malcontents, immature dreamers who refuse to accept the hard-won Wisdom accumulated over the centuries by those who hoped to prevent their Posterity from launching on the painful process of reinventing the wheel every generation.

Once an Ideological system is implemented and it’s creators and proponents see it fail [as it always does], their frenzied reaction inevitably leads to the massacre of innocents.

The same thing happens, of course, whenever their plans for a Brave New World are frustrated long enough or when they launch their Revolutions.

The ending for the Ideologues’s progress is always the same: a Nihilistic Dance Of Death.

In the Comments section of another post over at PW, Newrouter quotes Vaclav Havel, in part, from his work The Power Of The Powerless:

Yet, as we have seen, ideology becomes at the same time an increasingly important component of power, a pillar providing it with both excusatory legitimacy and an inner coherence. As this aspect grows in importance, and as it gradually loses touch with reality, it acquires a peculiar but very real strength. It becomes reality itself, albeit a reality altogether self-contained, one that on certain levels (chiefly inside the power structure) may have even greater weight than reality as such. Increasingly, the virtuosity of the ritual becomes more important than the reality hidden behind it. The significance of phenomena no longer derives from the phenomena themselves, but from their locus as concepts in the ideological context. Reality does not shape theory, but rather the reverse. Thus power gradually draws closer to ideology than it does to reality; it draws its strength from theory and becomes entirely dependent on it. This inevitably leads, of course, to a paradoxical result: rather than theory, or rather ideology, serving power, power begins to serve ideology. It is as though ideology had appropriated power from power, as though it had become dictator itself. It then appears that theory itself, ritual itself, ideology itself, makes decisions that affect people, and not the other way around.

It can be said, therefore, that ideology, as that instrument of internal communication which assures the power structure of inner cohesion is, in the post-totalitarian system, some thing that transcends the physical aspects of power, something that dominates it to a considerable degree and, therefore, tends to assure its continuity as well. It is one of the pillars of the system’s external stability. This pillar, however, is built on a very unstable foundation. It is built on lies. It works only as long as people are willing to live within the lie.

And they are willing to live within the Lie because it is all they have. Their whole existence, their whole worth to themselves lies in believing in the wretched thing.

While Ideologues are the creators and spreaders of The Big Lie [in it’s many forms], they are dependent for their ‘sanity’ on continuing to believe in The Biggest Lie: their System Of Ideas, their Ideology.

  1. 06 January 2015 @ 15:14 15:14

    I’m with you, Robert B. I have said for years (and will say again, being double-dog dared!) that ideology is tepid broth; FAITH is meat and milk for the soul. The problem we have is a disinterest in, a lack of, an inability to connect with, FAITH. I’m happy to report my return to the Road of Faith. See you over the horizon, buddy.

  2. brucehanify permalink
    06 January 2015 @ 15:20 15:20

    It was you who introduced me to this great book:

  3. 06 January 2015 @ 18:20 18:20

    Strict adherence to ideology is akin to being in a cult and blindly following the leader no matter how stupid and out of touch with reality their theories are..

  4. 06 January 2015 @ 18:22 18:22

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

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