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When did “ideological” become a criticism?
If you are not ideological, then you are blowing in the wind. Your thoughts are shallow and your actions are whimsical.
An ideology is a cohesive set of assumptions and goals that guides one’s judgments and decisions. These ideas direct and motivate one to consistent actions. Without a foundation of core goals and principles, a person is likely to contradict himself and fall prey to fleeting passions.
So what do people mean when they dismiss opposing views as “just ideology” and dismiss opponents as “ideologues?” Are they playing a rhetorical game to fool uncritical minds? Or do they actually believe that they themselves do not adhere to any ideology?