Applications of Ideology in Economic Policy
SMC Affiliated Work
School of Economics and Business Administration
Speech consists of both subject and object. Violations of freedom of speech may assume the form of interfering with a speaker's presentation of an idea; or it may assume the form of interfering with the re-presentation of the idea. Interference with the subject or object of speech may occur when a subject is not permitted to present a full or accurate expression of speech or when the object of speech is mis-represented. Ideology operates on a plane involving relationships between the original presentation of an idea, the copying or re-presentation of the idea, and the mis-re-presentation of the copied idea. The following article takes the economic idea, ‘tax cuts create jobs’, and examines how this idea has undergone ideological transformation since the mid-18th century. The article draws both from Marx and Wittgenstein on how ideas change, and questions how the notions of ideology in both Marx and Wittgenstein might be integrated into a more developed approach to understanding ideology. The article identifies specific language techniques by means of which an original idea may be ideologically transformed over time, applying concepts such as: inversion, reversal, insertion, conversion, deletion, substitution, de-temporalization and universalization. The article concludes suggesting further development of the methodology and its application to case examples of ideas such as: ‘Free trade benefits all’, ‘Income inequality is a function of individual productivity’, and ‘Markets are always more efficient than public investment’.
Ideology, Misrepresentation, Tax Cuts, Create Jobs, Karl Marx, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Language Games
Business | Economics
Rasmus, J. (2009). Applications of Ideology in Economic Policy. Critique, 37(4), 651-664
Rasmus, Jack. Applications of Ideology in Economic Policy (2009). Critique. 37 (4), 651-664. 10.1080/03017600903205799 [article]. https://digitalcommons.stmarys-ca.edu/school-economics-business-faculty-works/385