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And at this level, we are of course far from being a post-ideological society.
Cynical distance is just one way [...] to blind ourselves to the structuring power of ideological fantasy: even if we do not take things seriously, even if we keep an ironical distance, These are the basic political ideologies that are prevalent in contemporary times.
Ideology is our spontaneous relation to our social world, how we perceive each meaning and so on and so on.
When we browse this page, we inevitably come across at least one ideology that doesn't sound like an ideology at all.
Ideology should be glasses, which distort our view, and the critique of ideology should be the opposite, like you take off the glasses so that you can finally see the way things really are.
[...] This precisely is the ultimate illusion: ideology is not simply imposed on ourselves.
Every ideology has (had) proponents who have proclaimed it as being non-ideological or post-ideological, and few have explicitly pushed their ideologies by calling them that: 'Ideology' itself is almost always used as a slur against one's ideological enemies, not one's own ideology.
beings that could understand the environment around them, and thus learn to manipulate it to their benefit.
The rationalists believed it worked by making logical deductions from intuitively-known first principles.
Ideological thinking is inevitable because the human mind is structured to think in terms of Tropes.
Memories of personal experiences, Real Life events, and fictional events are all processed and remembered in the same way (activating the same areas of the brain during MRI scans).
Both Empiricists (e.g., John Locke, John Stuart Mill) and Rationalists (like Kant, Spinoza, Descartes) generally agreed with liberalism (albeit for different reasons, see the section on liberalism for more).
When the Counter-Enlightenment rolled around in the wake of The French Revolution, things changed.