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Ideology can be defined as a somewhat comprehensive and coherent set of beliefs which guide the social views and relations of individuals. An ideology motivates one's action in society toward a set of goals or objectives which within the confines of the ideology are viewed as desirable. As contrasted to a world view, an ideology is a narrower concept in that it does not necessarily include views on such things as metaphysics, religious dogma, or the natural sciences. Examples of ideologies include communism, fascism, libertarianism, and statism.
- ↑ Higgs, Robert. "Crisis and Leviathan", February 1995, page 37.
- ↑ Ludwig von Mises. IX. The Role of Ideas, 2. World View and Ideology, Human Action, online version.