Undisguised Interests

“It is only a very vulgar historical materialism that denies the power of ideas, and says that ideals are mere material interests in disguise,” says Isaiah Berlin, in “Two Concepts of Liberty.”

Yes, but some purported ideals really are just material interests in disguise; they are “ideals” or “worldviews” deployed to capture the attention of critics while unexamined values slip silently through a side door. The better ideas are the ones that present with values in full view, so that nobody is able to forget what they are discussing—which is almost always the extent to which we are responsible for the good lives of others.
Guernica by Pablo Picasso

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