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But from the early 1950s onwards, a small covey of foresighted, far-right forces realized that "ideashave consequences"(the title of a 1948 book by conservative guru Richard Weaver) and set out to fund scholars and writers, endow university chairs and research centers, pay for conferences and colloquia, serious journals and campus newspapers and generally create a closely-knit intellectual cadre to propagate their ideas. Unlike more progressive, left-leaning foundations which would fund "projects" but never the production of ideas; conservative foundations based on entrepreneurial fortunes like Olin, ScaifeMellon or Bradley funded think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute or the Heritage Foundation in Washington or the Adam Smith Institute in London.
H. , performing the proper function of a utopia in proclaiming an ideal to be aimed at, though not wholly attainable) the desire to eliminate the element of power and to base the bargaining process of peaceful change on a common feeling of what is just and reasonable. (Carr, 1964: 222) In other words, peaceful change requires both utopian visions and critical realist analysis. A common ground among the often divergent perspectives of these thinkers is that grounded utopias can be a valuable heuristic if anchored in history, adjusted for interests of material power, and attuned to possible means to achieve social justice.
What is the desired knowledge? This article is an attempt to answer these guiding questions, at least in a preliminary way. 19 20 James H. Mittelman A Critical Perspective For critically minded scholars, globalization encompasses a historical transformation in the interactions among market forces, political authority, and the life ways embodied in society, as they encounter and join with local conditions. On the critical flank, scholars persistently question the positivist faith in empiricism - the distinction between facts and values, the separability of variables, and hypothesis-testing as a means to discover objective "truth" - and, rather, examine how facts are constructed and whose interests they serve.