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Powerline & Ideas having consequences
June 6, 2013

That ideas should have consequences is hardly a matter of controversy.  I have not read Richard Weaver’s book, the title of which gave us the phrase.  The quotations offered on Powerline (see here) provide little encouragement.  They suggest a want of interest in evidence, which, in many instances, can only come form a conisderable degre of specialisation.  Whether that ‘deform[s]’ a man (women not included, lucky them) is no more than mute.  My own research required close analysis of reams of documentation.  Conclusions followed.  Not quess-work.  Not prejudice parading as synthesis; nor do I ‘imagine . . . that fidelity to it exempts him from concern with larger aspects of reality’.  Nor, too I hope, has it deterred me me from weeking wisdom (though the difference between that and prejudice seems ever more moot).

What matters is defensible learning,  not an elegant phrase, I agree, but is to the point.  Information, it seems, and certainly schools make it so, is all.  Information, one should add, is a term that often remains undefined.  If what I hear when visiting various schools (open days, history meetings) is any guide, experts (likewise undefined) provide status.  Conformity associated with status (typically in some context of offialdom), provides the underpinning.

Whether such a conclusion was Weaver’s wish (or of Powerline’s Steven Hayward), I cannot say; it is certainly the impression given by contemporary schooling.