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I don't have an ideology: I am a pragmatist.
Fri Sep 7, 2018 3:26pm

An ideology is a collection of normative beliefs and values that an individual or group holds for other than purely epistemic reasons.

noun, plural i·de·ol·o·gies.

the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.
such a body of doctrine, myth, etc., with reference to some political and social plan, as that of fascism, along with the devices for putting it into operation.

In my opinion, an ideology (at least in politics) is a collection of biases and pre-dispositions with respect to solutions to various problems. Examples:
Socialism is the belief that every economic problem is best solved by state ownership and/or management of essentially everything for the public good.
Capitalism is the belief that every economic problem is best solved by private ownership and/or management of essentially everything for the benefit of individual persons and without regard for the public interest.

Pragmatism is the rejection of all apriori ideological solutions and the handling of problems based upon real conditions without regard to prejudices of ideologies. I here exclude philosophical pragmatism which deals with the determination of truth based on what works and limit myself to operational pragmatism which deals with solving real-world problems an not determination of truth. I am sure that Poppet will call me on this one, but I have tried to make my position clear.

Hence, I favor a national health service to replace Ocrappycare by putting every person legally in the USA on Medicare. My position is based on the success of such systems in other advanced countries and the colossal rate of bankruptcy in the USA due to medical expenses. However, if it can be demonstrated that a national health service is inferior to some other approach (and that approach must be specified in detail), I will gladly change my position. In this and all areas, I favor whatever position is provides the best compromise of the individual interest versus the public interest and I am willing to change if evidence shows a better approach.

Calling pragmatism an ideology is like calling not collecting stamps a hobby.


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