Now, undoubtedly no economic measure can guarantee anything to the whole of humanity. The rest must be able to adjust to the reduced, impoverished living conditions they are offered. Yet this ineluctable reality is covered up with the ideological mantle of contemporary economic and scientific theory: it is covered up and sold off as the way for getting out of all ideology and slavery.

Hard times are looming on the horizon, yet again.

Alfredo M. Bonanno: Let’s Destroy Work, Let’s Destroy the Economy

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As naturally as the ruled always took the morality imposed upon them more seriously than did the rulers themselves, the deceived masses are today captivated by the myth of success even more than the successful are. Immovably, they insist on the very ideology which enslaves them. The misplaced love of the common people for the wrong which is done them is a greater force than the cunning of the authorities.
Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception

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The nation as a concept registers the contradictory class unity of any given capitalist society. Through its ideological apparatuses, the state transforms, renders socially legitimate, the class interests of capital, presenting them and setting them to work as national interests. State, nation and capital are facets of a single class power: capitalism.
Blaumachen and friends, The rise of the (non-)subject

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Stretched to its absolute limit, ideology disintegrates: its supreme form is also its absolute zero: the night where all ideological cows are black.
Guy Debord

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One can orient himself to objects that are alien to reality and which transcend actual existence–and nevertheless still be effective in the realization and the maintenance of the existing order of things. (…) Such an incongruent orientation became utopian only when in addition it tended to burst the bonds of the existing order.
Karl Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia

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