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Topic - Richard Weaver
Roger Kimball, essayist, editor and publisher of the New Criterion, publisher of Encounter Books, and author of a number of highly regarded books, among them "Tenured Radicals," is in many ways a throwback to a time, not that long ago, when there were men of letters and the talk was of literature, life, manners, morals and values -- when it was widely understood not only that ideas have consequences, but that those ideas are shaped by immutable truths and values worth defending and preserving.
Ideas have consequences, as Richard Weaver famously wrote. If one misconstrues the ideas of the Islamists who are coming to power in the Middle East, one inevitably will misjudge the consequences. Take Reuel Marc Gerecht's recent article in the Wall Street Journal, "The Islamist Road to Democracy."
Among American writers and thinkers, from what Mr. Kimball calls "the great pantheon of half-forgotten conservative sages" there's Richard Weaver, author of "Ideas Have Consequences," the publication of which prompted "the quirky Yale polemicist Willmoore Kendall" to declare Weaver "captain of the anti-liberal team" -- a team, Mr. Kimball writes, "that was only just coming into its own with figures like Weaver and [Russell] Kirk and, just over the horizon, William F.