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An essential question: Who does this benefit?

One of the first questions to ask when you’ve uncovered an ideology is, “who does this benefit?” Let’s take the example from the linked post, that of activism as the only correct way to be an engaged citizen.

Who would have an interest in perpetuating the activist model of constant engagement with the news, contacting legislators, attending protests, and voting? The following comes to mind:

Again, I will point out that some of these things are not entirely bad. My concern here is to show the underlying interests of a particular ideology. Those interests may align with yours. They may not. It is my opinion, though, that questioning our various ideologies lies closer to the heart of what being an engaged citizen actually is.

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