I posted a definition of an ideologue here a short time ago. Here it is again
from Oxford's:

1. a system of ideas or way of thinking, usu. relating to politics or society, or
to the conduct of a class or group, and REGARDED AS JUSTIFYING ACTIONS, EXP. ONE
COURSE OF EVENTS. [emphasis added]

That one has strong opinions does not necessarily make him an ideologue. Only if
he proceeds from the basis of pre-conceived notions which are not open to change
is he an ideologue. A search of the list's archives will show occasions when I
have admitted that another person was right and I was wrong. I do not believe I'm
an ideologue. An ideologue is someone with biases who operates solely on the
basis of those biases and when he encounters something that contradicts the bias,
will insist on sticking with the bias rather than changing it to enlarge the new

And in any case, if I am an ideologue, what exactly do you think is my ideology?
My voting record, wrt political parties, is almost all across the spectrum, from
the far right to the centre-left (I've never voted for the NDP, which used to be
far left but is now close to extinction on the national scene). I ran once for
federal parliament and for the Ontario provincial parliament, both times as a

As a non-USAmerican, it is only natural that I am going to see things with a
different bias. It goes with the territory (literally). But knowing that (having
lived 8 years in foreign countries and having visited some 40-odd countries on
business has helped) I'm always open to change my views, so I don't consider
myself an ideologue.

And by cultist I mean someone who tends to concentrate on certain issues and/or a
subset of writings and teachings of the brethren to the exclusion of others. None
of us is perfectly balanced in this area, so the boundaries are by nature
subjective, I'll admit.

Gary Smith wrote:

> I'm glad you are not an unnatural human.
> I've never considered you a cultist, but not an idealogue???????  What's
> one definition of an idealogue? Maybe someone who spends obsessive
> amounts of electrons defending his personal point of view on an email
> list full of conservatives?  ;-)
> You aren't a cultist, but you definitely do defend your ideological
> viewpoints very aggressively. And I'm glad you do. It forces us cultists
> to review our own belief systems.  ;-)
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
> .geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> Marc: Naturally I'm human and *do* have my biases, but I'm not a cultist
> or an
> ideologue. Stay tuned for more on this.
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer,
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