blogging the Gulag Archipelago - "ideology"

"Pro-choice" is an ideology that warps any moral argument which comes it's way, which makes persuasive dialog between pro-life people and pro-choice people infuriating. I find Solzhenitsyn's thoughts on ideology in The Gulag Archipelago helpful.
Ideology - that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills; by invoking Christianity; the conquerors of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis, by race; and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.

Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And who was it that destroyed those millions? Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago. p. 174
Ideology has justified the execution of 40 million children in the United States in the last 35 years to save a few thousand women from fatal back alley or clothes hanger injuries and fatalities. Ideology has justified this generational slaughter to provide reproductive liberation for women, when it's most often men who benefit from not having consequences for unrestrained lust.


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