Ruling Ideas, The

Ruling Ideas, The

The ideas of the entrepreneurial-self, technological progress, God, nation, and race legitimize hierarchy and will make you depressed and anxious.

Ruling Ideas, The

The ideas of the entrepreneurial-self, technological progress, God, nation, and race legitimize hierarchy and will make you depressed and anxious.

Paperback £21.99 || $29.95

Dec 9, 2022
978-1-78904-959-6

e-book £17.99 || $23.99

Dec 9, 2022
978-1-78904-960-2

Ari Ofengenden
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History & theory, Political ideologies (general), Social theory

Synopsis

Ideas that are employed to legitimize and make us consent to authority and its hierarchies also disempower us, leaving us anxious, depressed, and discontent. They are constantly hammered into us by the media, by our friends and family, and by institutions. They also come to us by way of films, motivational speakers, business gurus, as well as in the actions we take in our everyday lives and in the experiences of who we are. In The Ruling Ideas: How They Ruin Society and Make You Miserable, Ari Ofengenden examines many of these ideas, such as the entrepreneurial-self, the utility-oriented economic man, technological progress, virtues and values, as well as family values, God, nation and race. Ofengenden provides a deft analysis, on the one hand, of the beliefs we hold, the ideas behind them that make us consent to the social order, and how we often fool ourselves into believing these ideas; on the other hand, the author proffers a way to combat these ideas, to live without them and develop alternatives.

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