Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences Author Richard M. Weaver
ISBN-10 9780226090238
Year 2013-11-04
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses “words hard as cannonballs” to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement. In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights. But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy. These difficulties are the product not of necessity, but of intelligent choice. And, today, as decades ago, the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences. This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J. Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the book’s writing and publication.

Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences Author Richard M. Weaver
ISBN-10 9780226027661
Year 2013-01-18
Pages 198
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences Author Richard M. Weaver
ISBN-10 0226876802
Year 1984-09-15
Pages 189
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

A Political History of the American Welfare System

A Political History of the American Welfare System Author Brendon O'Connor
ISBN-10 0742526682
Year 2004
Pages 293
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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How did American welfare policy move from the ambitious and altruistic goals of LBJ's Great Society of the 1960s to the punitive and penurious provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act of 1996? This book explores the power of ideology and rhetoric in the transformation of the American liberal welfare state. Based on historical analysis, detailed public policy critique, and original interview data, the story that unfolds is one of both personality and politics. Author Brendon O'Connor places the American welfare policy debate in wider perspective, showing how America's particular use of ideas and conceptions of economics and politics worked to reshape the national perception of poverty, morality, and economic responsibility over time. Through wide reading, close textual analysis, and dozens of talks with liberal and conservative figures including Peter Edelman, David Ellwood, Ron Haskins, and Representatives E. Clay Shaw, Jr., Jim McCrery, and Sandy Levin, O'Connor dramatically demonstrates the shift in American welfare policy from left to right. This acute outside perspective enables us to see clearly just how we have arrived at the current post-liberal welfare era in the United States.

Ideas with Consequences

Ideas with Consequences Author Amanda Hollis-Brusky
ISBN-10 9780199385522
Year 2015
Pages 252
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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"There are few intellectual movements in American political history more successful than the Federalist Society. Created in 1982 to counterbalance what its founders considered a liberal legal establishment, the organization has now become the conservative legal establishment, and membership is all but required for any conservative lawyer who hopes to enter politics or the judiciary. It can claim 40,000 members, including four Supreme Court Justices, dozens of federal judges, and every Republican attorney general since its inception. But its power goes even deeper. In Ideas with Consequences, Amanda Hollis-Brusky, an expert on conservative legal movements, provides the first ever comprehensive documentation of how the Federalist Society exerts its influence. Drawing from a huge trove of documents, transcripts, and interviews, she presents a series of important legal questions and explains how the Federalist Society managed to revolutionize the jurisprudence for each one. Many of these questions--including the powers of the federal government, the individual right to bear arms, and the parameters of corporate political speech--had long been considered settled. But the Federalist Society was able to upend the existing conventional wisdom, promoting constitutional theories that had previously been dismissed as ludicrously radical. Hollis-Brusky argues that the Federalist Society offers several of the crucial ingredients needed to accomplish this constitutional revolution. It serves as a credentialing institution for conservative lawyers and judges, legitimizes novel interpretations of the constitution through a conservative framework, and provides a judicial audience of like-minded peers, which prevents the well-documented phenomenon of conservative judges turning moderate after years on the bench. Through these functions, it is able to exercise enormous influence on important cases at every level. With unparalleled research and analysis of some of the hottest political and judicial issues of our time, Ideas with Consequences is the essential guide to the Federalist Society at a time when its power has broader implications than ever"--

Steps Toward Restoration

Steps Toward Restoration Author Ted J. Smith
ISBN-10 UVA:X004345024
Year 1998
Pages 302
Language en
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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In an appreciation of the modern philosopher and University of Chicago English professor, Richard M. Weaver, and an analysis of the continuing relevance of his best known work, "Ideas Have Consequences", this 50th anniversary essay collection includes entries by various colleagues, friends, and academics who were influenced by Weaver's cultural critique.

Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences Author James T. Petre
ISBN-10 OCLC:144327707
Year 2006
Pages 180
Language en
Publisher
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Some of the staunchest supporters of the U.S. invasion of Iraq include followers of an ideology known as "neoconservatism." Although this ideology is frequently discussed in contemporary media, neoconservatism actually has a history predating the Vietnam era. This thesis is an exploration of the presence of neoconservative ideology in public discourse. Using ideological criticism, I examine "Rebuilding America's Defenses," a think tank report published by the Project for a New American Century; President George W. Bush's Second Inaugural Address; and six months of articles written by William Kristol, co-editor of The Weekly Standard , a conservative magazine. In each artifact, I investigate the instances in which neoconservative ideology is manifest and the rhetorical strategies used to encourage audiences to support this ideology. This study provides insight into the ways in which neoconservatism is present in public discourse and how rhetors invite support of the themes of this ideology.

7 Truths That Changed the World

7 Truths That Changed the World Author Kenneth R. Samples
ISBN-10 9780801072116
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 237
Language en
Publisher Baker Books
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Examines seven controversial Christian truths that have challenged the cultural and religious status quo, addressing topics ranging from religious pluralism to cosmology and creation from nothing.

Ideas with Consequences

Ideas with Consequences Author Amanda Hollis-Brusky
ISBN-10 9780199385522
Year 2015
Pages 252
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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"There are few intellectual movements in American political history more successful than the Federalist Society. Created in 1982 to counterbalance what its founders considered a liberal legal establishment, the organization has now become the conservative legal establishment, and membership is all but required for any conservative lawyer who hopes to enter politics or the judiciary. It can claim 40,000 members, including four Supreme Court Justices, dozens of federal judges, and every Republican attorney general since its inception. But its power goes even deeper. In Ideas with Consequences, Amanda Hollis-Brusky, an expert on conservative legal movements, provides the first ever comprehensive documentation of how the Federalist Society exerts its influence. Drawing from a huge trove of documents, transcripts, and interviews, she presents a series of important legal questions and explains how the Federalist Society managed to revolutionize the jurisprudence for each one. Many of these questions--including the powers of the federal government, the individual right to bear arms, and the parameters of corporate political speech--had long been considered settled. But the Federalist Society was able to upend the existing conventional wisdom, promoting constitutional theories that had previously been dismissed as ludicrously radical. Hollis-Brusky argues that the Federalist Society offers several of the crucial ingredients needed to accomplish this constitutional revolution. It serves as a credentialing institution for conservative lawyers and judges, legitimizes novel interpretations of the constitution through a conservative framework, and provides a judicial audience of like-minded peers, which prevents the well-documented phenomenon of conservative judges turning moderate after years on the bench. Through these functions, it is able to exercise enormous influence on important cases at every level. With unparalleled research and analysis of some of the hottest political and judicial issues of our time, Ideas with Consequences is the essential guide to the Federalist Society at a time when its power has broader implications than ever"--

The Ethics of Rhetoric

The Ethics of Rhetoric Author Richard M. Weaver
ISBN-10 9781787204140
Year 2017-04-07
Pages 195
Language en
Publisher Pickle Partners Publishing
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In The Ethics of Rhetoric, Richard M. Weaver evaluates the ethical and cultural role of rhetoric and its reflection on society. Weaver draws upon classical notions of rhetoric in Plato’s Phaedrus, and he examines the effectiveness and implications of the manipulation of language in the works of Lincoln, Burke, and Milton. In this collection of essays, Weaver examines how different types of rhetoric persuade, their varying levels of effectiveness and credibility, and how one’s manner of argumentation and style of persuasion are indicative of character. Ultimately, Weaver argues that the cultivation of pure language creates pure people. Initially published in 1953, The Ethics of Rhetoric remains timeless in its evaluation of rhetoric’s role in society.

Architects of the Culture of Death

Architects of the Culture of Death Author Donald De Marco
ISBN-10 9781681490434
Year 2016-10-25
Pages 410
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press
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The phrase, "the Culture of Death", is bandied about as a catch-all term that covers abortion, euthanasia and other attacks on the sanctity of life. In Architects of the Culture of Death, authors Donald DeMarco and Benjamin Wiker expose the Culture of Death as an intentional and malevolent ideology promoted by influential thinkers who specifically attack Christian morality's core belief in the sanctity of human life and the existence of man's immortal soul. In scholarly, yet reader-friendly prose, DeMarco and Wiker examine the roots of the Culture of Death by introducing 23 of its architects, including Ayn Rand, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Sanger, Jack Kevorkian, and Peter Singer. Still, this is not a book without hope. If the Culture of Death rests on a fragmented view of the person and an eclipse of God, the future of the Culture of Life relies on an understanding and restoration of the human being as a person, and the rediscovery of a benevolent God. The personalism of John Paul II is an illuminating thread that runs through Architects, serving as a hopeful antidote.

Standing by Words

Standing by Words Author Wendell Berry
ISBN-10 9781582437453
Year 2011-07
Pages 213
Language en
Publisher Counterpoint Press
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In six essays, Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals and their communities from the land.--From publisher's description.