|L'Esprit d'Escalier at KPLU||Good Old Rush|
by Christopher Chantrill
August 01, 2008 at 3:36 am
THATS what Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill recommend in Urban America: The New Solid South.
Yes, all the fashionable people agree that hip urban living in the ideopolises of the Cultural Creatives of Richard Florida is the wave of the futurenot to mention necessary to save the planet.
In recent months, the city-centered media such as CNN, The New York Times and National Public Radio have jumped on the urbanist bandwagon... This return to a more urbanized demography, some Democratic bloggers suggest, would assure a new liberal ascendancy.
Youd expect that, of course. But most people never in their lives go near a downtown neighborhood. They might even feel uncomfortable there. In fact, Id guess that most Americans are a little envious and resentful of the downtown crowd. They get all the attention and, it seems, too much of the money.
Of course, its true that the cities are becoming more and more Democratic in the great sorting out as the middle class keeps on moving out from the city, the poor stay put where the liberals can shower them with benefits, and the hip arty crowd move in.
But Kotkin and Schill warn that Democrats could end up owning a permanent minority, just like the long days of the great Republican ascendancy from the Civil War to the Great Depression.
Most people still grow up, get a job, get married, and have children. Anyone who has half a brain knows that to raise a family you need to get away from the poor and away from the liberals. That means out of the city and out to the outer suburbs, somewhere where the houses are cheap and the teachers and young and enthusiastic.
Barack Obama is the very personsification of upscale urban hipness and liberalism. Hed probably do best by not reminding people too much where he comes from. More log cabin and less arugula.|
When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of agesthey seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society
We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.
E. G. West, Education and the State
Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures
The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since
1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and
philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West
Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its
characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then,
once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities
But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie
that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all.
In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness...
But to make a man act [he must have]
the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove
or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
When we received Christ, Phil added, all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh
The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital