insolite (insolite) wrote,

Althusser said that the greatest event of history to date was the encounter of the working class with Marx’s theory of capital. Althusser, of course, conceived of Marxism as a science, and not as an ideology. Nevertheless, this notion of an encounter, that is, of a mutual recognition between one, or several social formations and a discourse is perhaps the best characterization of ideology. The theory of rational expectations and financial markets; Pontifical Infallibility and the Catholic Church; inferiority of the Jews and the Nazi concentration camps: an ideology is a theory of the social formations that will make it real, and therefore true.

-- Jean Pierre Malrieu. Evaluative Semantics: Cognition, Language and Ideology
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