Ideologies become coherent through a system of repeated patterns and ongoing subjective choices

Ideology has three major structural elements: philosophy, program, and propaganda. Ideologies contain the operating principles for running a society.

Recent analysis posits ideology as a coherent system of ideas that rely on a few basic assumptions about reality that may or may not have any factual basis. Ideologies become coherent through a system of repeated patterns and ongoing subjective choices. Ideology usually refers to a set of ideas, values, and worldviews shaping the thoughts and actions of individuals and society. In the most basic of explanations, an ideology is a belief system that underpins civil, political, or fiscal theory. It influences social structures, economics, and politics.

Culture is the shared norms and customs of a community and social group. Political ideology is a shared way of seeing the world related to society, economics, and politics. Political ideology may influence the way of life, mainly if one or two political ideologies dominate the culture. For example, China is a communist state which a communist government runs. The culture of China is very much intertwined with the communist political ideology.

Five general modes through which ideology can operate:

Legitimation, dissimulation, unification, fragmentation, and reification.

Best Examples of Ideologies

Examples of ideologies include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, theocracy, agrarianism, totalitarianism, democracy, colonialism, and globalism.

Below are four definitions of an ideology. Notice the construction of each.

Conservatism is a cultural, social, and political philosophy seeking to promote and preserve traditional institutions, practices, and values. In the United States, conservatism is based on a belief in limited government, individualism, traditionalism, republicanism, and limited federal governmental power within U.S. states.

Agrarianism, in social and political philosophy, is a perspective that stresses the primacy of family farming, widespread property ownership, and political decentralization. Agrarian ideas are typically justified in terms of how they serve to cultivate moral character and to develop a full and responsible person.

Features of democracy often include freedom of assembly, association, property rights, freedom of religion and speech, citizenship, consent of the governed, voting rights, freedom from unwarranted governmental deprivation of the right to life and liberty, and minority rights.

Trumpism is the political ideology of social emotion style governance, a political movement with absolutist rhetoric and a set of mechanisms, including victimhood, deceptions, and egregious statements about easily verifiable facts for acquiring and keeping control of power.

The elements of economic globalization are growth in cross-border economic activities and take five principal forms:

(1) international trade;
(2) foreign direct investment;
(3) capital market flows;
(4) migration (movement of labor);
(5) diffusion of technology.

How to define your ideology?

“But I’d also like to register a philosophical protest. There’s an old joke to the effect that you’re an ideologue; I’m just being sensible. The point is that everyone has an ideology — which is another way of saying that everyone has (a) values and (b) some view about how the world works. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Paul Krugman – NYT

A core ideology is a shared understanding of an organization’s “reason for being.” It addresses the question of why we created the organization. A core ideology deals with the “character” of the organization.

Analyze behavior—at your worst and at your best

How do you behave when you’re at your best… and at your worst? How do you treat other people? What thoughts do you have? What actions do you take? Are you more creative, more extroverted, more peaceful? Are you curious, adventurous, or energetic? How do you respond to a crisis? Be honest as you think about who you are in good and bad times, and use that to help you paint a clearer picture of what ideals guide your life.

Listen to the stories you tell yourself.

The stories we tell ourselves can be extremely powerful. If we tell ourselves those stories often enough, they can feel like truths. But many stories we tell ourselves—especially for things like self-worth or capability—are harmful. What story are you telling yourself about the person you are and what you’re capable of? What excuses or justifications do you make that reinforce that story and draw you further away from the truth within? Pay attention to the tales you tell yourself. They might reflect deep-set beliefs you need to foster or change as you work on designing your ideology.

Values are individual beliefs that motivate people to act. They serve as a guide for human behavior. It predisposes people to adopt the values they grew up with. People also believe those values are “right” because they are the values of their particular culture. The values of “prosperity, “democracy,” “civility” and “harmony”; the social values of “freedom,” “equality,” “justice” and the “rule of law”; and the individual values of “patriotism,” “dedication,” “integrity” and “friendship” are some virtues practical to create your ideology—a list of what you do and why, by virtue.


The act of treating something abstract, such as an idea, relation, system, quality, etc., as if it were a concrete object. Defining “home” as if it were just a roof over one’s head instead of the center of a web of relationships leads to the reification of homelessness. An example is the phrase, ‘You can’t fool Mother Nature. ‘The phrase treats nature as a real person, even though we know that it’s not. Another example would be the phrase “fighting for justice.”

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