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  An American Manifesto
Tuesday September 30, 2014 
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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

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Real Clear Politics

    Wal-Mart Wins a Battle, but the War Continues
     Real Clear Politics, 7/25/2006

    "You Must Suggest An Alternative"
     Real Clear Politics, 5/17/2006

    Competence vs. Manliness
     Real Clear Politics, 3/27/2006


The American Thinker
Articles from December 2004 to present

    The Home Equity Partnership
     The American Thinker, 2/27/2008

    Reviewing Obama's Blueprint for Change
     The American Thinker, 2/20/2008

    A Budget Valentine
     The American Thinker, 2/12/2008

    The Liberals' Mommy Fascism
     The American Thinker, 1/29/2008

    So's Your Old Man
     The American Thinker, 1/24/2008

    Does Big Government Help Women?
     The American Thinker, 1/17/2008

    Man of the Year: President Bush
     The American Thinker, 12/31/2007

    After Clinton/Obama, Woman-friendly Conservatism
     The American Thinker, 12/19/2007

    The Wages of Appeasement
     The American Thinker, 12/11/2007

    Things You Are Not Allowed to Say
     The American Thinker, 12/4/2007

    Liberals Aren't All Alike
     The American Thinker, 11/23/2007

    Let's Steal Some Ideas from the Left
     The American Thinker, 11/15/2007

    Sacrifice and S-CHIP
     The American Thinker, 11/6/2007

    The End of Socialized Medicine?
     The American Thinker, 10/31/2007

    Should Conservatives Show That 'We Care?'
     The American Thinker, 10/24/2007

    Fear is the Missing Ingredient in Government Schools
     The American Thinker, 10/16/2007

    Let's Talk
     The American Thinker, 10/10/2007

    Clintons, Baby Bonds, and Dropouts
     The American Thinker, 10/2/2007

    That Bush 'Strategery'
     The American Thinker, 9/19/2007

    Women are Fickle, You Say?
     The American Thinker, 9/13/2007

    Labor and Leisure
     The American Thinker, 9/4/2007

    Failing Schools
     The American Thinker, 8/28/2007

    After Rove There's Work to Be Done
     The American Thinker, 8/21/2007

    The World of 'They're Just Kids'
     The American Thinker, 8/12/2007

    The Real Long War
     The American Thinker, 7/31/2007

    The Rising Tide of Education Subsidy
     The American Thinker, 7/25/2007

    The Fairness Doctrine Engine Starter
     The American Thinker, 7/17/2007

    Earth to Michael Moore: Government is Force
     The American Thinker, 7/12/2007

    Victory in the Senate. Now Fix the Broken Society
     The American Thinker, 7/2/2007

    Conservative NextGen
     The American Thinker, 6/28/2007

    How to Accomplish Education Reform
     The American Thinker, 6/20/2007

    Should Have Known?
     The American Thinker, 6/14/2007

    Who's Alone, Senator Clinton?
     The American Thinker, 6/5/2007

    Immigration: Mend It Not Rend It
     The American Thinker, 5/29/2007

    The Legacy of Jerry Falwell
     The American Thinker, 5/21/2007

    After Blair: Tories Mumble about Welfare State Reform
     The American Thinker, 5/17/2007

    Seizing the Moral High Ground for Reform
     The American Thinker, 5/8/2007

    Scarred for Life
     The American Thinker, 5/3/2007

    The Supreme Court Turns the Ratchet
     The American Thinker, 4/10/2007

    Pity A Poor Democrat
     The American Thinker, 4/4/2007

    Young Democrats Just Don't Get It
     The American Thinker, 3/27/2007

    The Sub-Prime Blame Game
     The American Thinker, 3/18/2007

    Democrats Say We're too Patriotic!
     The American Thinker, 3/7/2007

    The Fight Against Sprawl
     The American Thinker, 2/28/2007

    Manufacturing Failure
     The American Thinker, 2/14/2007

    Renewing the Conservative Narrative
     The American Thinker, 2/6/2007

    Public Education and the Liberal Way of Conflict
     The American Thinker, 2/1/2007

    Reality TV Conducts a Seminar on Racism
     The American Thinker, 1/26/2007

    The 100 Hours of Democratic Superstition>
     The American Thinker, 1/9/2007

    The Heedless People Who Didnt Care About Michael Oher
     The American Thinker, 1/5/2007

    Yet Another Report on the Education Crisis
     The American Thinker, 12/28/2006

    God Rest Ye Merry Bureaucrats
     The American Thinker, 12/19/2006

    What Did Senator-elect Jim Webb Mean?
     The American Thinker, 12/05/2006

    It's Not the Spending, Stupid
     The American Thinker, 11/28/2006

    It Ain't Gonna Be "Neat and Tidy"
     The American Thinker, 11/15/2006

    Euro-Humanity Upon The Wane
     The American Thinker, 10/29/2006

    The Synergy of Harry Reid
     The American Thinker, 10/16/2006

    The Foley Flap and the Honor Wars
     The American Thinker, 10/9/2006

    The Pope Battles Dhimmitude
     The American Thinker, 9/19/2006

    Return Engagement: Clinton Spin Away from Party Roots
     The American Thinker, 9/12/2006

    The Travails of Labor and Education
     The American Thinker, 9/5/2006

    It\'s Not the Dependency Ratio, Stupid
     The American Thinker, 8/29/2006

    Which Gas-guzzling Dinosaurs?
     The American Thinker, 8/22/2006

    Storm Signals Mean Political Change
     The American Thinker, 8/15/2006

    Smell That Whiff of Panic
     The American Thinker, 8/8/2006

    Seattle’s Culture of Victimology and the Shooting of Jews
     The American Thinker, 7/31/2006

    Wal-Mart Wins a Battle, but the War Continues
     The American Thinker, 7/24/2006

    It’s a War, Stupid
     The American Thinker, 7/17/2006

    Who’s Dysfunctional?
     The American Thinker, 7/10/2006

    Liberals and Babies and Trust Cues
     The American Thinker, 7/3/2006

    Speak Liberal, But Win Conservative Reforms
     The American Thinker, 6/27/2006

    The Democrats’ Drive-By Politcs for 2006
     The American Thinker, 6/19/2006

    Is It Bush We Are Testing to Destruction?
     The American Thinker, 6/12/2006

    A Case of the Economic Shivers
     The American Thinker, 6/5/2006

    "You Must Suggest an Alternative"
     The American Thinker, 5/15/2006

    But Does Freud Matter to Conservatives?
     The American Thinker, 5/8/2006

    Gaseous Hypocrisy and Political Shame
     The American Thinker, 5/1/2006

    Three Dollar Gasoline: An Opportunity, Not a Crisis
     The American Thinker, 4/24/2006

    Eco-Sacrifice is Closer Than You Think
     The American Thinker, 4/4/2006

    Competence vs. Manliness
     The American Thinker, 3/27/2006

    This Spring Do It For The Children
     The American Thinker, 3/20/2006

    With Us or Against Us
     The American Thinker, 3/14/2006

    Stop the 22nd Amendment Chatter
     The American Thinker, 3/6/2006

    The Wal-Mart Shakedown
     The American Thinker, 2/27/2006

    Cultural Colonialism and the West
     The American Thinker, 2/24/2006

    Torino: Europe's Last Hurrah?
     The American Thinker, 2/14/2006

    Who Was Betty Friedan?
     The American Thinker, 2/6/2006

    Thank You, Mr. President
     The American Thinker, 1/31/2006

    Minimum Wage Hits $9.50 in Santa Fe
     The American Thinker, 1/26/2006

    Supreme Court Hearings: Law vs. Rights
     The American Thinker, 1/10/2006

    Americans and Literacy
     The American Thinker, 1/6/2006

    Liberals and Privacy
     The American Thinker, 12/29/2005

    David Cameron Breathes Life into Britain's Conservatives
     The American Thinker, 12/12/2005

    Wal-Mart: America's Secret Economic Weapon
     The American Thinker, 12/5/2005

    Democrats and the Politics of Polarization
     The American Thinker, 10/24/2005

    Who lost Delphi?
     The American Thinker, 10/18/2005

    Change the legal culture
     The American Thinker, 10/12/2005

    Big Ed fights back
     The American Thinker, 10/3/2005

    I gotta right to my illusions
     The American Thinker, 9/26/2005

    The power of liberal taboos
     The American Thinker, 9/20/2005

    Disaster: When you want solutions
     The American Thinker, 9/12/2005

    What is education for?
     The American Thinker, 8/29/2005

    It’s Official: Leftist-Islamist Alliance against the West
     The American Thinker, 8/22/2005

    The trouble with unions
     The American Thinker, 8/15/2005

    Prince William and the Two Nations
     The American Thinker, 8/8/2005

    Liberal prof gets conservative over Supreme Court
     The American Thinker, 8/2/2005

    Rules change in the U.K.
     The American Thinker, 7/25/2005

    The Supreme Court and Little Lord Fauntleroy
     The American Thinker, 7/5/2005

    A tactical play on Social Security
     The American Thinker, 6/28/2005

    Dick Durbin and our post-patriotic elite
     The American Thinker, 6/20/2005

    Fathers keep society safe
     The American Thinker, 6/15/2005

    Euro-paradise lost
     The American Thinker, 6/6/2005

    A very American hero
     The American Thinker, 5/30/2005

    Ruthless vs. relentless
     The American Thinker, 5/23/2005

    Bush´s battlefield position trumps the Democrats
     The American Thinker, 5/17/2005

    A whiff of panic
     The American Thinker, 5/2/2005

    The Soros noise machine
     The American Thinker, 4/25/2005

    The pity of feminism
     The American Thinker, 4/18/2005

    Unsolicited advice for the Church
     The American Thinker, 4/11/2005

    What conservative crack-up?
     The American Thinker, 4/04/2005

    Stop whining start thinking
     The American Thinker, 3/29/2005

    Beyond the judicial filibuster
     The American Thinker, 3/24/2005

    Trust us we care
     The American Thinker, 3/15/2005

    The race to unimportance
     The American Thinker, 3/9/2005

    Social Security grand strategy
     The American Thinker, 3/1/2005

    Ward Churchill is right. Partly
     The American Thinker, 2/16/2005

    Conservatives and the creative impulse
     The American Thinker, 2/9/2005

    Iraq Election: a teachable moment
     The American Thinker, 1/31/2005

    Boomers on Social Security
     The American Thinker, 1/24/2005

    The Real Charlotte Simmons
     The American Thinker, 1/18/2005

    The global future of contract and trust
     The American Thinker, 1/14/2005

    Liberals, Less is More!
     The American Thinker, 1/3/2005

    Know When to Fold ’Em
     The American Thinker, 12/28/2004
  


Liberty
Articles from July 2001 to present

    Poke ’Em in the Eye?
     Liberty, January 2004

    How the Democrats Could Take Over, and Why They Won’t
     Liberty, August 2001

    Liberals Just Don’t Get It
     Liberty, July 2001
 


Interracial Crime and Table 42
FrontPageMagazine.com, 3/28/2001


 

 

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Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust


What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


 

©2007 Christopher Chantrill