That Other Guy’s Historicity

by Caleb Roberts

Both ideology and this inner “real me” not only divert attention from the much more unsightly complexities of existence, but worse, establish themselves as the neutral, unquestioned standard of everything else.  This is why, from this privileged posture it assumes, bourgeois ideology loves to historicize — every social, religious, and cultural form is historical, contingent, relative — every form except its own. (21)

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