Ideology

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    ethanml33
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    Brad,

    You often say in this course “He was non-ideological” or someone was ideological. To me it seems you are quite clearly stating having an ideology is wrong.

    What is the background on this? Is being a libertarian an ideology? Is holding to the NAP an ideology? If not, what distinguishes those from how you use that term?

    Thanks!

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    EthanLange, apologies for being late in replying. I come From the Christopher Dawson/Russell Kirk/Eric Voegelin way of thinking that ideology is a human construct, usually a political abstraction based on secularized religious ideas. I don’t think of libertarianism as an ideology, but as an anti-ideology. It starts with a basic (and to my mind true) premise about the human person and allows the human person to flourish in his/her own way. It seeks to leaven, not to control. Hope this helps.

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