Monday, December 15, 2014

Ideology-Shmideology

The quibcag has it right. A lot of people simply select an ideology — political, social, or religious — that gives them an excuse for doing what they want to do anyway. Sometimes, they switch from one ideology to another when their wants diverge from the first. And of course a lot of ideologies are constantly being modified so as to conform with the latest trends and whims.  A good example of this is homosexuality, which used to be condemned by leftist ideology but which leftists are now required to embrace in order to maintain their membership.

And that's just here, in Western civilization, or what's left of it. What does 'ideology' mean in the rest of the world. Well, in a lot of it, Western ideologies are not really understood or appealing. And it's an ethnocentric flaw in us that we expect them to be. Is North Korea really 'communist' in the Western sense, or is it just a personal dictatorship which uses the tenets, or some of them, of communist ideology to present itself to the outside world as something with an ideological basis? What does 'communism' even mean to a culture like that of Korea, or Nepal, or Uganda? Interestingly, while nationalism is a no-no in Marxist thought, many communist movements in the nonWestern world are highly nationalistic —as in Korea, again, and China, and the former USSR, and Cuba, etc.

And then we come to the Middle East, on which we try to impose, or detect,  many Western ideologies, like communism, fascism, nationalism, capitalism, etc., none of which fit. Most of the Middle East, from Morocco to Pakistan, is tribal or clannish, and the concept of nationalism hasn't developed yet. That's hard for Westerners to comprehend, and we have to look at the Balkans or watch Outlander in order to get a feel for the tribalism which has largely disappeared from the West, but which flourishes in the Third World.

Afghanistan in particular is instructive in this.  Steve Sailer, as always, drills down to the basics of things. Click away:

"Worse Than a Defeat:" the Far-reaching Lessons of the Brits' Latest War in Afghanistan


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Quibcag: Marii of Joshiraku (じょしらく), is so good at illustrating quibcags.

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