Ideologues destroy honest debate. When debating them, an ever present wall materializes if you happen to issue forth a triggering word. Ideologues prefer to define labels on their own terms, and if another ideologue protests the label put on him, the definer generally cries out loud and strong, “No True Scotsman Fallacy!” Ideologues love to cry “fallacy!” when they’re losing a debate. They are apt at filtering the world primarily from their own experiences, and secondarily from their ideologies, but are equally apt at spotting solipsism in others.
Ideologues are always right. This is, perhaps, the most disturbing trait of the type. They debate to convince others of their own rightness, and not to better their own understanding or learn something new. You will never hear the words, “Hmm, I’ll have to think about that,” with ideologues, unless they also believe in an utterly lame ideology of social politeness, which they very well might, because they tend to be tribal folk. If they feel they’re losing a debate, they’ll back out, but not because they’re wrong. It is simply easier for them to slink back to their own tribe, where their fellow ideologues will lick their wounds with their healing, pink ideological tongues.
Ideologues love memes that capture who they are at core, such as this gem of liberal ideology: “What’s science, Dad? Son, we’re Republicans. We don’t believe in science.” On a surface level, ideologues expect that words couched in clever rhetoric will actually change the world. On a deeper level, they know they’re only preaching to the choir, which will strengthen the bulwark against their defined enemies. Often, after the bulwark is strong, they will collectively chant mantras to ward away the evils of open discussion. Some popular ones include “Correlation doesn’t prove causation!” and “Received text only!” and “Let’s just all get along!” and “Ideologies, everybody has one!” But there are numerous other, workable mantras for them to use if the spell isn’t working.
I’m frankly tired of ideologues in any camp. And you’re probably tired of reading the word repeated ad nauseum. Thankfully, there are a number of people in this world who couldn’t be classified as such. Those who aren’t fall into two main camps: those who are passive, cynical, and/or silent; and those who pretend to care about issues by muttering soft words pertaining to the equality of the human race and all of God’s creatures, and/or writing science fiction that’s, in truth, fantasy, owing to its emphasis on fantastical projections. Sometimes, this projection is figurative (i.e. deriving from the emotional state of the writer), but most often it involves people of all ages, genders, races, and creeds projecting themselves through the cosmos, their hot air flowing behind them. Everybody is powerful, and everybody wins. Therefore, ideologies aren’t necessary. Causation has been proven, text received.
Peace out, Rocket Friends. This ideological hater of ideologies is going to bed.