October 27th: ideology and ideologies 10/27/2015 4:40:00 pm. Politics, power, the state, authority, state of nature, social justice, community, liberty, equality and democracy. Social: immigration and multiculturalism, law and order, drugs, abortion, assisted death. Consider the following events: 9/11, occupy, federal election. It is what men think that determines how they act john stuart mill. The ideas of economists and political philosophers both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. john maynard keynes. Ideologies: systems of ideas with histories, aim to shape and direct social change, dynamic: ideologies adapt to historical circumstances. Destutt de tracy (1795: ideology is a science of ideas. Napoleon: reaction, return to alliance with the church and tradition. Ideology: what it is and what it does. Ball, dagger, and o"neill definition: value-neutral tradition: social/political worldview. Ideologies reinforce individual motives for certainty, security, and solidarity.