Ideologies … are the ‘true’ philosophy, because they are those philosophical ‘vulgarisations’ that bring the masses to concrete action and to the transformation of reality. That is, they are the mass and popular aspect of every philosophical conception, which in a ‘philosopher’ assume the character of a universal abstraction outside of time and space, a character specifically literary and ahistorical in origin.

Antonio Gramsci, taken from Hegemony & Power: On the Relation between Gramsci and Machiavelli by Benedetto Fontana p21

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