We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An ideologue is attached to an ideal regardless of facts.
A cynic believes that selfish self-interest is the primary motivator, especially of others.
A skeptic habitually doubts or questions conclusions of others.
A critic develops judgments based on the merits of the situation or argument.
A freeman uses civil and political rights and liberties, to enjoy life.
These categories may to some extent co-exist in each individual.But, to the extent any of us move predominantly from freeman or tolerant critic to habitual skepticism, or to being a cynic or ideologue, even when moved by othersí intrusion into our rights and liberties, we surrender some or much of our enjoyment.
The trick is to retain our focus on being a freeman (or freewoman, but Iíll use freeman here throughout).
If we donít, we become susceptible to manipulation of ourselves or becoming manipulators of others.One canít be securely free when others are not.
Soldiers volunteer knowing that life-and-death choices determine their and othersí fate.In effect, they are determined to be freemen.
The really religious know that opening their heart to G-d gives them freedom to enjoy themselves and others.
The true citizen participates and demands that chosen leaders respect all as freemen.
Look at history.Those whose names and legacy are most treasured were freemen.
Only if you consider being allowed to live your own life, not harming others same enjoyment, as an ideology.
An ideology is a plan for other people's lives, including coercing them to obey, as you dictate.