Comment 27149

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted November 04, 2008 at 15:15:20

A-ha! So I'm a hypocrite...?! (you wouldn't be the first person to suggest that :) )

Defintion of ideology ( "the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group. "

I don't think my Shirkers and Workers idea is an ideology. The Shirkers and Workers stuff is a theory in my view, one that I would happily modify if alternate evidence came along. I'm not married to it. I simply used it to try to explain that it takes different methods to motivate different types of people. Nothing is simple. When I mention ideologies I'm thinking of hard coded doctrines that people use to frame their view of the world and refuse to question. A Smith is doing that quite clearly, harking back to his belief that you only get out what you put in and applying it to all the wrong places.

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