Unmasking the Perils of Ideology

Source: Law & Liberty
by Ojel L Rodriguez Burgos

“‘Ideology is the purest possible expression of European civilization’s capacity for self-loathing,’ wrote Kenneth Minogue in his classic book Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology, published in 1985. These words resonate today as ideologues stir resentment and anger against the practices of Western civilization and its individualistic and enterprising individuals. To the ideologue, the modern West is an oppressive system from which the exploited require emancipation. The ideological assault against the West and its practices is one of the most formidable challenges facing those who cherish our free way of life. To understand ideologies and appreciate the dangers they pose, Minogue — who passed away ten years ago this summer — is a thinker worth reading.” (11/16/23)