Examine the ideas expressed by Russell in his essay "Philosophy and Politics." Give answer in detail and also give more references from the text. Thanks.
In "Philosophy and Politics," Russell shows how philosophy and politics have informed each other in nearly every culture. For example, communist leaders in the Soviet Union relied upon Marx's philosophy of history (historical materialism) to implement their version of communism. Russell argues that since politics and philosophy inform each other, a philosopher or a politician should seek and use the best philosophical/political perspective; and that perspective should be based upon empirical (observational) evidence on how to best provide for an ethical and happy society. Subsequently, Russell argues that a government that bases its practices solely on an ideology (often an abstract ideology) is too focused on an abstract...
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