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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.[1] 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.[2] Examples of ideologies include communism, fascism, libertarianism, and statism.


  1. Higgs, Robert. "Crisis and Leviathan", February 1995, page 37.
  2. Ludwig von Mises. IX. The Role of Ideas, 2. World View and Ideology, Human Action, online version.

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