FW: Ideology (was: RE: Dialectical Materialism again - reply to Mark Lause

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Tue Jul 29 18:55:48 MDT 2003


LPA,

You ask a key question: "Is world-turtle theory really 'good and
well-tested' (is there a 'crucial experiment' that would distinguish
between a turtle and some other gigantic animal), and is there really
only a 'small' quantity of evidence contrary to it?  :-)"

Maybe not for you or me, but believers find sufficient evidence for
their beliefs in the world-turtle theory, the hollow-earth, flat-earth,
skateboard earth, alien abductions, angels, astrology, Catholicism,
Protestantism, Islam, Democrats, Republicans, inherent differences of
race, section, etc.--or the idea of "social science," etc.  For those
who believe these things--for whatever reasons--they sufficiently
explain what they perceive of reality.  Right?

Is Marxism an ideology rather than a science?  Obviously, it can be.

However, it's important to add that ideology isn't necessarily
reactionary or conservative.  They often involve expectations that
exceed what the ruling class can deliver.

Best,
Mark L.






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