jan16-lecture - 4 ideologies for Marx/Engels do not simply...

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4. ideologies for Marx/Engels do not simply present a biased interpretation of society, offer an ideal vision of society taking into account human capacities and needs ideal = best possible society usually blocked by existing social forces/conditions need to realize this “best possible world” - put into action therefore, ideologies are future oriented so conservatives, even if look to past for ideas, they are thinking for the future... 5. All ideologies require political action for example, Marxists throughout the 20 th century tea partiers are a call to action contained in conservatism Potential exam question: “Taking a 6 point definition of ideology, taking each of the 6 points, tell me what comes from Marx/Engels and what doesn't” 6 point definition of the term ideology: 1. global system of thought when thought adhered to, this thought leads to specific attitudes and behaviors in society express interests and aspirations of a particular social class world view 2. all ideologies imply a critique of the present situation/status quo

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