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Ethic or Ideology?

First published June-2010
last update 24-April-2011

Though there are plenty of definitions of ideology, the one I find the most useful is an idea diffused with the intention of affecting the decisions of other people, whereas ethics is concerned with one’s own decisions.

To this end ideologies often include a covert ethic or circumvent the question of ethics to begin with. The formula is usually "idea A" thus "action B" without any real reasoning between the two.

A simple example is the ideology of depopulation, where the intention is to establish the idea that "we’re too many" and conclude with the decision "we must eliminate a large part among us one way or another".

Written by Eerik Wissenz.

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