“Ideas run the world. Good ones create freedom and wealth; bad ones, oppression and poverty. You are not what you eat, but what you think.” Daniel Pipes
“We are now getting to the point at which different beliefs [ideas] about the universe lead to different behavior.” C. S. Lewis
“What the world needs is Christian love or compassion.” Bertrand Russell
“Ideas have consequences, sometimes unspeakably tragic ones.” Jeff Myers and David Noebel
“I now believe that the balance of reasonable considerations tells heavily in favor of the religious, even of the Christian view [ideas] of the world.” C. E. M. Joad
Editor’s Note: For readers interested in gathering up the major ideas that rule the world we recommend Jeff Myers and David A. Noebel, Understanding The Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews available from Summit Ministries (719) 685-9103…
Socialism was a proven failure, but Hugo Chávez got his countrymen to try it.
Daniel Pipes, The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2018, p. A 15
Ideas run the world. Good ones create freedom and wealth; bad ones, oppression and poverty. You are not what you eat, but what you think.
Politicians in particular fall under the sway of ideas. As John Maynard Keynes put it, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. . . . It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.” Continue reading