In principle, one could have theories about how the world works without caring what happens or who wins. But outside the classroom and the cafe, few of us adopt this detached perspective. Usually our theories and assumptions about how the social, political, and economic worlds work are parts of a larger narrative organized around themes of justice and injustice, freedom and oppression, saved and sinner, purity and corruption, and so on. We don't simply nod in recognition at a world divided into hostile camps, each fuelled by a sense of its own righteousness. We take sides. We become partisans. We develop loyalties. We identify our own good with the success of certain causes or principles. We adopt ideologies. And, if we are journalists, this influences our writing.