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Ideologues – The Dangers of Disconnection with Reality

April 10, 2018

Well I managed to ignore the political scene in the UK and in Europe and the US for a couple of months here in Colombia, but now I find myself catching up on everything. And what I find is that things have only carried on further down the line they were going. More polarisation, more doubling down by the left wing ideologues. I do see some minor conceding of ground by the more rational members on the right and left wings. But it remains the case that the left wing delusion that we are all the same and that as a result any inequality is due to oppression, etc, remains the dominant ideological force.

It’s easy to see the attraction of this ideology. It is very simplistic, very easy to learn and understand, and it gives one a great initial feeling of moral superiority and of being morally good in some way. The problem is that it sees no further than this short term satisfaction of moralising at others. And worse, it does not moralise leading by example, it just moralises, without leading by example. It doesn’t even act on its moral judgement. It only spouts it when it sees a chance to project on to some one it determines is not living up to this moral judgement, even though they don’t live up to the judegment themselves. It does not think about the consequences for society in the long term to giving in to these moralising impulses. And the consequences of all this moral projection not guided by practical reason and personal integrity.

The consequence of course, is that the very connection between reason and how we act is severed. And the ideology becomes further and further removed from the daily reality we have to live with. The only end result to this can be irrational outbursts of violence. There is no other option. No dialectic of reason is going to save us with some magical thesis, antithesis and synthesis. The only thing that can hope to save us is to reconnect reason with our practical day to day actions. In this way we will keep our reason in touch with the reality surrounding us, and we will not become victims of some simplistic ideological persuasion.

3 Comments
  1. “It is very simplistic, very easy to learn and understand, and it gives one a great initial feeling of moral superiority and of being morally good in some way. The problem is that it sees no further than this short term satisfaction of moralising at others.”
    I think you have just described Virtue Signalling perfectly! Worth a Reblog on my own site.

  2. Reblogged this on Tales From Mindful Travels and commented:
    Left wing ideologues and virtue signalling!
    A well reasoned post from Jonathan Hockey that focuses on left wing ideology with their supposed “greater morality” which exposes the disease of virtue signalling, so prevalent with the celebs and extreme feminists.

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