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Ideas Have Consequences (1948), a book by Richard M. Weaver, had a good deal of influence stating a nostalgic, agrarian variant of political conservatism. 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Richard M. Weaver (1910 - 1963), a conservative U.S. scholar, wrote on rhetoric, the teaching of composition, the culture of Americas south, and the problem of universals. ... Conservatism is any of several historically-related political philosophies or political ideologies. ...

The book begins with a clear statement of a view often associated with Oswald Spengler, i.e. that western civilization is in an irrevocable decay. "Civilization has been an intermittent phenomenon," Weaver wrote, and "to this truth we have allowed ourselves to be blinded by the insolence of material success." Weaver criticizes the nominalist view of the problem of universals, which he saw not only as an epistemological error but as a moral flaw, and as the cause of the decay. Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler (Blankenburg am Harz May 29, 1880 – May 8, 1936, Munich) was a German historian and philosopher, although his studies ranged throughout mathematics, science, philosophy, history, and art. ... For alternative meanings for The West in the United States, see the U.S. West and American West. ... Nominalism is the position in metaphysics that there exist no universals outside of the mind. ... The problem of universals is a conventional term given to what is in fact a nest of intertwined problems, some within the domain of cognitive psychology, others within that of epistemology, still others within ontology. ... Epistemology, from the Greek words episteme (knowledge) and logos (word/speech) is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature, origin and scope of knowledge. ...

The title has become a cliché in some circles in subsequent decades, although according to some sources it was the publisher's decision, one Weaver himself disliked.

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