We read of genocide in WW2 Europe, systematic torture and killings of political opponents, Kurds, and more in 1979-2003 Iraq, and less severely, xenophobia in modern day Greece and Russia. One word is used to describe the political atmosphere of these atrocities, Fascism. But this is an old story.
What is Ideology?
Ideology is power. It is the glue which connects citizens to allow for voluntary agreements. It is a commonly understood structure which facilitates social contracts between those with guns and those without guns.
Maybe if she had a parent escort her through that dark, scary forest…
I choose to give part of my salary willingly to the government. Partially because if I don’t they will put a gun in my face and throw me in jail, but also because I have been convinced that I am obligated to contribute to my community in an equitable way. But even more powerful is that I have convinced myself that working within the legal framework of my nation is the ‘right’ thing to do. Society has convinced me (through delicious treats) that I should play their game, and I have convinced myself that this game is a moral one to play. The latter statement is a tell-tale sign that ideology has come out in the limelight. It is the belief that certain political behaviors are moral and that to behave differently is immoral.