It managed to establish a dominant idea
and weaken the opposition, regardless of whether it benefitted the country.
Viewing the history of the Left as a history of people creating such spaces of freedom is part of McKay's alternative to the dominant idea
that the Left is "the dead, unlamented pipe dream of the twentieth century" (23) and to what he calls the sectarian and sentimental or scorecard approach to the history of the Left, in which writers defend the correctness of a particular political tendency.
The rhizomatic challenges the dominant idea
of knowledge acquisition that remains so prominent in education, Mainstream knowledge acquisition is viewed as a form of recognition and linear progression, where the metaphor is a tree or a staircase, where you have to take the first step before you move to the next in order.
Reform, although the dominant idea
of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England, emphatically asserts itself in just one of these works--Burns' and Innes' Rethinking the Age of Reform.
More significantly, it was the dominant idea
espoused by the Ur-text of the Risorgimento, Ugo Foscolo's Le ultime lettere di Iacopo Ortis, where the desire to rebuild a country that could look backwards, even politically, to its strong cultural tradition met with failure and concluded in exile and suicide (a view that was supported by Romantic, Anglo-centric re-interpretations of the Italian intellectual as hero, exile and martyr, such as Byron's "The Prophecy of Dante").
He makes a powerful case against the dominant idea
that the market is the best arbiter of social, political, and cultural change.
The dialectic occurs when a dominant idea
(the thesis) creates the need for its opposite (the antithesis), because the thesis is incomplete or flawed.
The idea of ba'th (regeneration), was a dominant idea
in the Arab World of the 1950's and 1960s.
The dominant idea
of "People as Positive Agents" was keeping people away from nature and its management.
2 Low Carbon and Environmental Protection Will Become the Dominant Idea
for Industry Development 7.
Morgan runs counter to this dominant idea
in Western thought.