What is a Chesterton fence?

What is a Chesterton fence?

What is a Chesterton fence?

Chesterton’s fence (uncountable) (public policy) The principle that reforms should not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood.

Is Chesterton’s fence a fallacy?

You look over the contract and find some arcane phrasing and a seemingly unnecessary clause. You see the incongruities and think you can fix them. The problem is that you are likely falling victim to the fallacy of Chesterton’s fenceā€¦.

What is Chesterton’s fence supposed to show?

As simple as Chesterton’s Fence is as a principle, it teaches us an important lesson. Many of the problems we face in life occur when we intervene with systems without an awareness of what the consequences could be. We can easily forget that this applies to subtraction as much as to addition.

What does don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up mean?

Kennedy quoted Chesterton as saying something about not taking a fence down until you know the reason why it was put it up. I think the idea was if someone says they don’t understand why something is the way it is and wants to destroy or change it, don’t let them.

Who said Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up?

G K Chesterton
The source of ‘don’t remove a fence until you understand why it was put there’ is attributed to G K Chesterton, paraphrased from his 1929 book, The Thing: Why I Am a Catholic. It was apparently one of the favourite sayings of US President John F. Kennedy.

How do you remove a fence?

There are a few different ways you can strip your fence down; you can use an electric saw to saw the material down and remove it or you can use a hammer to bang out the boards within your fence, pull the nail out, and free the board.

What does taking a fence mean?

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtake a bend/fence/corner etctake a bend/fence/corner etcto try to get over or around something in a particular way He took the bend at over 60 and lost control.

What tools do you need to take down a fence?

Fence Removal Tool and Supply List
Tools Supplies
Pry Bar Hammer Screwdriver Reciprocating or Hand Saw Step Ladder Shovel Gloves Goggles Spare 2x4s* Spare Cinder Blocks* Chain with Grab Hook* Car Jack*

What does Fance mean?

1. a. The surface of the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the base of the chin and from ear to ear.

What do you call a person who plays fencing?

A fencer is someone who participates in the sport of fencing, or sword fighting. Fencers are among the athletes who compete in the Olympics every four years.