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December 3, 2007 The Problem of Ideology In Alienated Labor, Marx suggests the sloppy manner in which workers come to think about their status, relative to the owners. The worker’s tacit type of thought: 1) The object I produce is not mine and is not expressive of me. 2) Therefore, the object must be expressive of the higher powers of and truth of the owner. 3) Since I am low, I must submit to the higher powers and truths. 4) Therefore I must submit to the truths and powers of the owners. Valid?—No. but, workers are poor reasoners. Marx is describing a sort of negative ideology. Of this negative sort, an ideology is a world view that is distorted in order to make certain political arrangements seem acceptable even to persons who are harmed by those arrangements. A person who holds such ideologies is a sufferer for “false consciousness.” That is, they do not understand what’s in their best interest. Ideology can be used in a neutral sense where it means something like “a worldview,”
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