Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[FORUM] Are current ideologies dead? What's next?

A John Quiggin post at Crooked Timber, "After the Dead Horses", is intended as an address towards a left-intellectual audience. Making the assumption that most of the established right-wing has decayed either into crude identity politics or rhetoric, Quiggin goes on to say that the left need to continue to engage with the right, not only because of its actually existing political power, but because many of its ideas are relevant for a modernized left: take the thesis of the classical social-democratic left, match it with the antithesis of conservatives who criticize convincingly the effectiveness centralized planning or the possibility of revolutionary breaks, and produce ... what?

Yes, I recognize the above post is written from a left-wing perspective. I'm not invested in the claims so much as in the idea that some sort of considered project is necessary if we'll be coming up with new ideologies suited for a globalized world. (I'll borrow a definition of "ideology" from Wikipedia for illustration's sake.)

An ideology is a set of ideas that directs one's goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology can be thought of as a comprehensive vision, as a way of looking at things (compare worldview), as in common sense (see Ideology in everyday society below) and several philosophical tendencies (see Political ideologies), or a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of a society to all members of this society (a 'received consciousness' or product of socialization). The main purpose behind an ideology is to offer change in society, and adherence to a set of ideals where conformity already exists, through a normative thought process. Ideologies are systems of abstract thought (as opposed to mere ideation) applied to public matters and thus make this concept central to politics. Implicitly every political tendency entails an ideology whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought.

Mind, do we actually need new ones?

This post is more of a [FORUM] post than most. I've no particular interest in formulating any new ideology, religious or secular, left or right, whatever--it's just not relevant to me personally, or politically, at this point in my life. I've no time or energy for it. Call me a devotee of "well-meaning detail-orientedness," if you must. Others reading this, I know, do find this relevant and do have the interest in it. What say you all?
Tags: clash of ideologies, forums, politics

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