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Wednesday October 7, 2015 
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Should Blacks Join the Culture War?

by Christopher Chantrill

THE URBAN LEAGUE just issued its annual “State of Black America.” The state, writes Errol Louis in the New York Daily News is “Not so great, could be better.” What is needed, he writes, “is a culture war,”

Specifically, we need aggressive, concerted action by members and institutions of the respectable black middle class to do open combat against the rise of an ancient enemy: a bold, seductive street  unfold 

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On Immigration The Issue is Inhumanity says Liberal

by Christopher Chantrill

THE BRILLIANT columnist to the world, Mark Steyn (perm) said it all when he talked to Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday. He illustrated the shocking double standard that liberals use when approaching any political question. And it applies in spades when it comes to immigration, of which Mark Steyn has personal knowledge as a legal immigrant from Canada:

If you're a legal immigrant, and you enroll your children in a  unfold 

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Bush and Truman: Incompetent Boobs

by Christopher Chantrill

ONE THING SEEMS to be a constant. Our educated elites don’t like bold, decisive presidents. Sixty years ago President Harry Truman was beginning to make the decisions that would shift the nation’s strategic focus from defeating Nazism to containing communism. Then as now, people talked about the little man in the White House.

The start of the cold war was similar to the start of the war on terror. Writes Alan Dowd in the Weekly  unfold 

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Teach Immigrants to Love America

by Christopher Chantrill

WE TEACH IMMIGRANTS to become cultural Americans. We teach them to become economic Americans.

But we do not teach immigrants to become political Americans, to love this country with heart and mind.

That is what Peggy Noonan writes in OpinionJournal.com. And being Peggy she is very polite about it. Instead of sweeping her snickersnee through a platoon of the usual suspects she just writes:

Who is at fault? Those of us who let the myth  unfold 

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What the French Students are Saying

by Christopher Chantrill

SUPPOSE YOU had been watching the French riots on your TV. Which ones, you ask? They do seem to run together.

Let us start with the riots of Fall 2005 when the young folks from the banlieues expressed their rage and frustration.

Many compassionate and sensitive analysts voiced their concern about the “root cause” of the riots. They pointed to the 25 percent youth unemployment that reached, in the banlieues, 50 percent. It was time for the French government to do something about the sclerotic economy and  unfold 

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Now It's College Graduates That Can't Write

by Christopher Chantrill

HERE IN THE United States colleges have complained for years about students who need to take remedial courses before they can start their freshman classes. But in Britain, if that is possible, things are worse, according to Minette Marrin. In Britain

huge numbers of children arrive at secondary school unable to read properly for their age or for their studies. That is well known, despite new Labour’s empty claims of success in education.  unfold 

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Will Immigration Really Hurt Republicans?

by Christopher Chantrill

EVERY TIME Washington DC is consumed by a controversial national issue, there seems to be an assumption that Republicans are the most vulnerable.

In the present immigration flap, everyone assumes that Republicans are in danger of splitting. Dick Morris writes that at least there is a chance that Republicans can get out alive. In the Washington Post  unfold 

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Hispanic Media Organized Protests

by Christopher Chantrill

SO NOW WE KNOW. About a week later. The apparently spontaneous marches and demonstrations against the immigration bills now before the U.S. Congress were organized by the Hispanic Media.

Nothing wrong with that. It’s a free country. But you’s expect better performance from professional journalists raised in the Who What When Where Why and How school and supported by professional editors, researchers, and fact-checkers.

According to KCET in Los Angeles the  unfold 

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NBC: News Before Context

by Christopher Chantrill

YESTERDAY, if you were a conservative blogreader you would have read InstaPundit or Road to the Middle Class and learned about this report from StrategyPage.

StrategyPage reported that war in Iraq against the insurgency, Al Qaeda and the Saddamites, is all but over. Now the conflict was going to be between the official government and the Sadr and Badr  unfold 

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The Cranes are Flying in Eckert, CO

by Christopher Chantrill

ENOUGH OF POLITICS. Let’s return to the important stuff, the cycle of generation. It is spring and everywhere the birds and the bees and doing what comes naturally.

Right now the sandhill cranes are flying through Eckert, in western Colorado, on their way from New Mexico to their breeding grounds at Grays Lake, Idaho. At Eckert Crane Count they count the birds as they come in every night to roost around Fruit Growers Reservoir. Yesterday, March 26, there were about 2,500  unfold 

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Can Iraqis Stop the Revenge Killing?

by Christopher Chantrill

LET’S change the subject in Iraq. According to StrategyPage “Deaths from revenge killings now exceed those from terrorist or anti-government activity.”

Al Qaeda is beaten, and running for cover. The Sunni Arab groups that financed thousands of attacks against the government and coalition groups, are now battling each other, al Qaeda, and Shia death squads.

That puts a different aspect on events in Iraq. It takes the focus off the  unfold 

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Saturday French-bashing

by Christopher Chantrill

IT’S BEEN a rough week in France. First of all, the French are determined to teach Apple Computer a lesson and tell them how to sell iPod and iTunes in France. According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

French politicians have approved an online copyright bill that will require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind its market-leading iTunes music store and iPod players.

This is a great relief.  unfold 

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Saving American Lives in Iraq

by Christopher Chantrill

IT’S AN untold story. And the mainstream media isn’t telling it. According to Mark Yost in the American Spectator there has been a remarkable improvement in the care of the wounded over previous US wars.

"Soldiers are walking on prostheses that wouldn't have lived before," said Lieutenant Colonel Clark Searle, an Army orthopedic surgeon who served in Iraq in 2003 with the 86th and 21st Combat Support Hospitals. "People are keeping limbs that  unfold 

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Manliness and Iraq

by Christopher Chantrill

AS WE HAVE seen here at Road to the Middle Class, the MSM don’t like Harvey Mansfield’s Manliness. And you can understand why. The whole concept of manliness, the masculine trait of confident risk-taking goes against the central principle of the progressive class and their Precautionary Principle, the idea that you should not risk anything unless you are really sure that nothing can go wrong.

It therefore makes complete sense that the MSM would be against  unfold 

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Is It Civil War Yet?

by Christopher Chantrill

HERE AT Road to the Middle Class we have said: Of course there is civil war in Iraq. There are parties contending for power, parties that mobilized for war after the collapse of the Saddam regime. What else are you going to call it?

But Ralph Peters in The New York Post says no. You want civil war, he writes, try this definition:

I'd define it as a broad internal conflict between  unfold 

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Andrew Young Shills for Wal-Mart!

by Christopher Chantrill

ANOTHER WAL-MART nightmare. Famed civil-rights activist Andrew Young has gone over to the dark side. Yes, here he is boogie-ing with Wal-Mart workers at the grand opening of a Wal-Mart in a black area of Atlanta. And judging from the photo, a grand time was had by all.

It was just a month ago, reports Errin Haines of the Associated Press, that Andrew Young and his company GoodWorks International  unfold 

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Wal-Mart to Sell Sushi

by Christopher Chantrill

AS IF WAL-MART didn’t have enough on its plate, what with every sushi-loving liberal sneering at its products and its shoppers and trying to unionize is employees, now Wal-Mart wants to sell sushi.

Its new Plano, Texas, store will be targeted at a higher income demographic, according to David Koening of Associated Press. The new store will come

with an expanded selection of high-end  unfold 

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School Choice Advocate Offers Steak Dinner

by Christopher Chantrill

ARE YOU AN opponent of school choice? Do you know in your bones that taking money away from the “common school” will hurt kids? Do you have a pile of academic, peer reviewed studies sitting on your kitchen table that prove without a doubt that choice choice is “right-wing utopianism?” Now is your chance to teach the school choice shills a lesson and win a steak dinner!

School-choice advocate Matthew Ladner is offering on NRO a steak  unfold 

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Imagine a News Media That's Customer Focused and Market Driven

by Christopher Chantrill

WILL THERE be newspapers in 2010? People are beginning to wonder. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds thinks there will be newspapers in 2010, but maybe not on paper.

What must the media do to stay in business? Get back to basics, of course. It must get back to its forte, “actual gathering and reporting of truthful, accurate, hard news.”

But it has got to get out of the union mentality. That makes sense, of course. You can only have unions, with their workplace rules  unfold 

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Study: Whiny Kids Turn into Conservative Adults

by Christopher Chantrill

IT JUST CONFIRMS the suspicion that every liberal has had since childhood. Remember those whiny, insecure kids in elementary school? They all turned into bible-thumping conservative Christian bigots, didn’t they?

Yes, it’s true. Now a researcher has confirmed what many liberals suspected. By following 100 children from Berkeley, California, through their lives they have found a 7% correlation between whininess and conservatism. According to  unfold 

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School Choice: What are They Afraid Of?

by Christopher Chantrill

LIBERTARIAN ABC journalist John Stossel is still getting grief for his documentary “Stupid in America,” a critique of the public school monopoly. So he’s taking his liberal critics on one by one.

Yes, he says, you can skew survey results to show that public schools do better than private schools. The National School Boards Association

claims "America's public schools outperform private schools when variables  unfold 

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Chavez Will End in Tears

by Christopher Chantrill

WHAT ARE WE going to do about President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela? Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author of Liberty for Latin America, appeals to the left to understand how everything Chavez does goes against everything they believe.

He’s spending money on an arms buildup, he’s creating a huge militia that answers to him and not to the armed forces. He sells his oil to the US and profits from the refining of his high-sulfur  unfold 

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NYT and WaPo Vote Against "Manliness"

by Christopher Chantrill

ANYONE FOR Manliness? No thanks, old chap, say the book reviewers at The New York Times and The Washington Post in their review of Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield’s Manliness. Writes Walter Kirn in the NYT Book Review:

Mansfield seems stuck in a semantic time warp in which it is  unfold 

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Stupid Left Tricks

by Christopher Chantrill

WHICH IS WORSE? To have journalists jump down your throat every time you say something foolish? Or is it to have journalists politely ignore your stupidity?

Whenever TV evangelist Pat Robertson says something foolish, it gets on the nightly TV news, and we understand from the reporter’s tone of voice that this time preacher Pat has really demonstrated that he has got a screw loose.

But when a lefty does something stupid, we don’t get the same reaction.

For the last week French students have been rioting because the  unfold 

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The Vision of Hope for Iraq

by Christopher Chantrill

ON THE THIRD anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, blogger Mohammed of Iraq the Model relives his experience.

First of all there is the experience of living under the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Life stopped and time stopped when Saddam ruled Iraq, actually that totalitarian regime was moving backwards and dragging us with it and nothing could stop the deterioration that began the moment Saddam came to power.

Then the Americans  unfold 

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Nancy Pelosi Champion of Free Enterprise

by Christopher Chantrill

WHEN THEY PASSED the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to stop the Enron debacle from ever happening again they estimated that it would cost about $1.2 billion a year for corporations to fill in the forms to comply with the new law.

Actual outcome? “Recent estimates from the American Electronic Association, for example, show that U.S. companies are spending $35 billion annually” to comply with the law, according to Mallory Factor in OpinionJournal.com.

Guess who is  unfold 

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Dems Seek Votes from Singles

by Christopher Chantrill

EVERYBODY KNOWS that the Republican Party is the party of white, religious, married people. And the Democratic Party is the party of non-white, secular, single people. For instance, Bush won in 2004 by 57-42 percent among married people. He lost among single people by 58-40. That’s a pretty big “marriage” gap. But married people represented 63 percent of the voters and single people 37 percent. Which group would you go after?

The Democrats have decided to win in 2006 by focusing on single people, according to  unfold 

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Crunch Time in Iraq

by Christopher Chantrill

MOST GREAT battles seem in retrospect to have been forordained. But Waterloo was reported by the Duke of Wellington as a close-run thing. And many other battles could have gone one way or another.

So we can say that the Battle of Iraq is approaching decision time. Some people are saying that it is all over. In Time Joe Klein quotes all his friends who say that the Iraqis are ungovernable and that “the only plausible reason for remaining in  unfold 

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Fifty Years of the Shipping Container

by Christopher Chantrill

IN CASE YOU forgot, this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the shipping container, that ubiquitous item that is forever traveling on ships, trains, and trucks across the oceans and continents.

It has provoked an explosion in world trade. And the reason is the same it always is. The container has radically reducing the cost of shipping.

When the first container ship, the Ideal-X, a converted World War II oil tanker, made its first trip in 1956 from Newark to Houston with 58 containers aboard, it reduced the cost  unfold 

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Tony Blair and the Twilight of the Third Way

by Christopher Chantrill

REMEMBER THE Hosannas when the Third Way rode into town in the 1990s? How the media loved Bill Clinton, who was going to show us a middle way between the extremes of right and left.

And then the British got to have their very own Bill Clinton in the person of Tony Blair, and the British people fell in love too.

What was it all about, really? The Clintons threw away all the good will in a disastrous two years that ended up with a Republican Congress. And now Tony Blair, who promised “education, education, education,” is  unfold 

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Wearing o' the Green

by Christopher Chantrill

WHILE WE ARE celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, let us not forget to celebrate the Irish economy. Ever since its landmark economic reform the Irish economy has been showing a lot of green, and not just on St. Paddy’s Day.

The Irish economy doubled during the 1990s, with economic growth hitting 15 percent. Now growth is down to a modest 6 percent annual growth. And Ireland’s per capita GDP is $34,100, ahead of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy.

How did it happen? Well, we supply-siders point to a simple fact. The  unfold 

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Negotiations with Iran: What's Up?

by Christopher Chantrill

WHAT IS GOING on? In The New York Times Michael Slackman and David E. Sanger report that Iran has invited the United States to hold negotiations on “how to halt sectarian violence and restore calm in Iraq.”

So what does this mean? Does it mean that Iran feels that they have the whip hand in Iraq and that the militias they have sponsored have the power to take over? Are  unfold 

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Iraq: Two Views

by Christopher Chantrill

IT IS NOW THREE years since the invasion of Iraq. What was the point, and what have we gained?

At Princeton University, former Secretary of State George Schultz called for a dual track of military strength and diplomatic outreach, according to Regina Lee of the Daily Princetonian.

"The world has never been in a situation of better promise than now," Shultz, who served as secretary of state for seven years under President Ronald  unfold 

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Teachers' Unions Say the Darndest Things

by Christopher Chantrill

A COUPLE OF weeks ago ABC’s house libertarian John Stossel did a “TV special on education, Stupid in America, which was critical of union work rules.” Stossel is an advocate of school choice.

Pretty soon, a posse of teachers-union types turned up at his office to protest. They came to make “a demand for respect for  unfold 

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You Can't Do That, Say Educrats

by Christopher Chantrill

THE PROVOST of King’s College in New York City just couldn’t take it any more. So the provost, Peter Wood writing in NRO, decided to close the college’s undergraduate school of education.

Why bother with a bachelor’s degree in education, Wood decided? If you want to teach in New York state, you have to get a Master’s degree eventually. Meanwhile the state has mandated “that we offer dozens of intellectually vapid courses far  unfold 

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Playing the Impeachment Card

by Christopher Chantrill

REPUBLICANS learned an important lesson in 1998. Americans don’t want their president impeached. They figure that they voted for the guy. Now let him do his stuff.

Back then the MSM, or plain media as it was then, was delighted to tell the Republicans what Clinton-hating Puritans they were. And so, in accordance with the constitution, two Republicans had to resign to pay for Democrat Bill Clinton’s lie: “I did not have sex with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.”

That was then, this is now. Back then, the sense of  unfold 

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The Problem of Incapacitated Heads of State

by Christopher Chantrill

WHAT DO WE do if the President is incapacitated? Or a drunk, or a depressive?

That’s the topic of an interesting essay by David Owen in QJ Med. Lord Owen was British Foreign Secretary in the Labour Government from 1977 to 1979.

We all know that President Wilson was completely incapacitated by a stroke in 1919. But did you know that President Mitterand of France was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1981 and became almost incapacitated later on in his  unfold 

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A View of the War on Terror

by Christopher Chantrill

HOW WELL DO we understand the war on terror? How well are we doing? What is it we are fighting against? You could read A View from the Eye of the Storm by Haim Harari in FrontPage Magazine to get a broad strategic sweep.

The root of the trouble is that this entire Moslem region is totally dysfunctional, by any standard of the word, and would have been so even if Israel had joined the Arab league and an independent Palestine had existed for 100  unfold 

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Health Care is a Right, as They Say

by Christopher Chantrill

WE KNOW HOW goverment monopoly health care works in Canada, because we got a look with the Canadian movie The Barbarian Invasions. The way to get things done and actually get health care, it appeared, was a bit of bribery.

OK. We know those Canadians are wusses. But what about in the home of government health care in the Anglosphere, the United Kingdom with its beloved National Health Service?

Things are not too good, according to Dr. John  unfold 

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Handicapping Election 2006

by Christopher Chantrill

IT WILL TAKE a gain of 15 seats for the Democrats to take control of the House of Representatives this fall. Can they do it?

Long time elections expert Michael Barone says maybe. It would seem that gaining 15 seats should not be that hard, given that the Republicans gained 52 seats in 1994 to take the House. But this isn’t 1994. At least not yet.

Democrats' chances of taking those 15 seats are not very good — if the voting patterns and political  unfold 

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A Look Inside Iran

by Christopher Chantrill

HERE’S an interesting look inside Iran. The Iranian establishment is increasingly worried by the actions of the president of Iran, according to John R. Bradley in the Washington Times.

Iran's clerical and business establishments, deeply concerned by what they see as reckless spending and needlessly aggressive foreign policies, are increasingly turning against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad was elected on a populist platform to  unfold 

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The Outlook for Energy

by Christopher Chantrill

EVER SINCE Col. Drake discovered oil in Pennsylvania back in 1859 people have been solemnly forecasting that oil is about to run out. They forecast it back in the 1860s, and they forecast it just before they discovered oil in Texas. Now the current fad is “peak oil,” the idea that we just passed by the peak in oil production and that it is downhill from now on.

Maybe they are right. But it really doesn’t matter.

Actually, the forecast that we are running out of energy goes back even before the oil age. In the early  unfold 

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It's Not A Gender Gap but a Marriage Gap

by Christopher Chantrill

FOR A GENERATION Democrats have been selling the idea of a gender gap, the idea that more women vote for Democrats and that therefore Republicans have a problem.

Never mind that the gender gap implies also the reverse, that more men vote for Republicans and that therefore Democrats have a problem.

Instead, let’s talk about a marriage gap, writes Jeff Jacoby. In 2004 there was a 36 percent marriage gap among women.

In the most recent presidential  unfold 

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Laffer Curve vs. Phillips Curve

by Christopher Chantrill

THERE’S one thing about economic guru Larry Kudlow. You could never accuse him of pessimism. And, he points out, there’s every reason not to give in to the MSM drumbeat of bad news. You know the story. There’s

the insurgent-ridden reconstruction effort in Iraq, the looming Iran threat, the failed Dubai ports deal, the twin deficits, the president’s sagging poll numbers, the Jack Abrahamoff scandal, and on and on — there’s one  unfold 

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Labor Shortage Reported in China

by Christopher Chantrill

HERE IS ASTONISHING news from China. In Shenzhen in south China, they have got themselves a labor shortage, according to Jane Macartney of the London Times.

There are only nine workers available for every ten jobs on offer in Guangdong and the situation is getting worse.

And it is not just that workers are scarce. They are also choosy about where they work.

The days of sweatshop labour may be numbered. Workers have mobile  unfold 

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Dangerous Crime Family Uncovered in Britain

by Christopher Chantrill

ENOUGH OF THE frivolity, this is serious. Columnist Simon Heffer has uncovered a vast underground crime network in Britain. It all began innocently enough when an 82 year-old woman walked into a pub wearing a hat. The pub staff naturally enough wanted her to remove the hat, for security reasons, you understand.

[S]he could then be easily identified on security cameras when she started to  unfold 

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Reproductive Rights for Men

by Christopher Chantrill

OK GIRLS, WHAT price Roe v. Wade now? A father has just sued to avoid paying child support on the grounds that he never wanted the child and shouldn’t have to pay for that unwanted child.

In other words, he is pro-choice in the sense of NARAL Pro-Choice America and he is demanding his right to choice. Just as a woman can make the choice after conception whether to take her baby to term, so this young plaintiff is demanding his pro-choice rights too. According to  unfold 

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The Sensible Man's Global Warming Policy

by Christopher Chantrill

NOW THAT KYOTO is dead and the president’s “so-called ‘Asia-Pacific partnership on clean development and climate’, a counter-Kyoto grouping of the United States, China, India, Australia, Japan and South Korea,” is starting to look like the coming thing, it’s a good time to take a serious look at global warming. Here is a well-staffed take from Britain’s Lord Lawson, Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher.

It is well  unfold 

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The Real Issue on Aborted Dubai Deal

by Christopher Chantrill

THE AWFUL SPECTACLE of the Republican Party scuttling to the right of the Democrats on national security over the Dubai ports deal obscures the real issue.

That Democrats are clueless, wrong on national security and wrong on economic policy. Again.

When President Bush infuriated the compassionate classes with his warning to the world that “you are with us or you are against us” he was articulating the overarching strategy of the United States.

That strategy is to invite the world to join us in our commonwealth of trust  unfold 

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In Britain, Forget About the Social Safety Net

by Christopher Chantrill

THE BIG IDEA of the welfare state is its safety net. In the old days, we all know, people lived in fear of sickness, knowing that a single visit to the hospital could wipe them out.

Thank goodness that is over. In compassionate Britain for instance, with “free at the point of service” national health care you can never lose your house from paying your medical bills.

Or can you?

According to James Bartholomew, author of The  unfold 

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Liberals Shocked, Shocked at Spring Break Bacchanalia

by Christopher Chantrill

BACK IN THE day, when liberals were young, they were advising young people to turn on, tune in, and drop out. Or was it drop in and turn off?

Anyway, after telling young people to let it all hang out, after a generation of sex education showing teenagers how separate sex from marriage and the bearing of children, now all of a sudden liberals have decided that they don’t like it.

Here we have millions of college kids taking the liberals’ advice and getting it on with everyone in sight, and liberals have decided that it is all  unfold 

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Harvard Heading for Toilet

by Christopher Chantrill

MANY OF US hoped that the fall of Larry Summers would not mean the end of Harvard University as we know it. We hoped that the Harvard Corporation, the governing body of the university, would act to preserve the univesrity’s ancient tradition of scholarship. But perhaps we were being too optimistic.

In The Weekly Standard retired Olin Foundation executive director James Piereson gives us  unfold 

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Of course It's a Civil War

by Christopher Chantrill

IN THE WAKE of the bombing of the Shia temple in Samarra, the MSM is polling the American people and discovering that an “overwhelming majority of Americans believe that fighting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq will lead to civil war,” according to a Washington Post-ABC poll.

Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh are  unfold 

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Dealing with Guilt, Envy, and Indignation

by Christopher Chantrill

THE BIG PROBLEM we face in the modern era is dealing with guilt, envy, and indignation.

The three emotions are what Max Borders calls “The Stone Age Trinity.”

Back in the Stone Age, mankind survived and prospered through the egalitarian culture of the hunting/gathering band. And survival meant sharing the food gathered by the band. There would be no private hoarding, and there would be social pressure applied to those not pulling their weight.

In this Stone  unfold 

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Let's Break Some Taboos, Hollywood!

by Christopher Chantrill

SO HOLLYWOOD is getting braver, according to actor George Clooney. He means, one assumes, that Hollywood is becoming more comfortable making movies that mesh with Hollywood’s political left-liberalism. That’s why Hollywood finds it so meaningful, according to Mark Goldblatt to make movies about

two gay cowboys as star-crossed lovers, a gay writer as a soulful artist, a transsexual as a responsible parent, a Palestinian suicide bomber as a  unfold 

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No Longer Treated Like a Lady

by Christopher Chantrill

ONE OF THE nasty little consequences of 9/11 is that women find that they are getting treated like prison inmates. We mustn’t profile passengers at airport security checks, so that means that we must subject grandmothers to pat-down searches.

Peggy Noonan doesn’t like it. Secondary screening amounts to what we used to call, 50 years ago, “second-degree sexual assault.”

I was directed, shoeless, into the little pen with the  unfold 

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Patriarchy the Only Answer

by Christopher Chantrill

FOR A GENERATION and more we have been told that the patriarchy is the beginning and the end of all our problems.

But now comes Phillip Longman to argue that patriarchy may be our only hope if we want to get out of the current birth dirth.

And this is not some whacko writing in a right-wing magazine funded by the Scaife Foundation. Phillip Longman writes in Foreign Policy.

In The Return of Patriarchy, Longman argues that the people have turned away  unfold 

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Charter Schools Thrive in Minneapolis: World Doesn't Come To End

by Christopher Chantrill

THE BIG OBSTACLE to school choice is fear. It’s the fear that everyone will flee the public schools for charter schools and voucher schools and leave a disaster behind. A generation of kids will be lost in that disaster.

It’s easy to imagine such a scenario, and that is why the forces of reaction have played it up, fanning fears of chaos among parents.

In Minneapolis the end of the world scenario is playing out right before our very eyes. But don’t worry. The world isn’t coming to an end.

Minnesota has a  unfold 

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Telling the Story of America's Economic Success

by Christopher Chantrill

TODAY, TWENTY years after it became obvious that Ronald Reagan’s economic policy of hard money and low tax rates had succeeded and had dispelled the economic malaise of the 1970s, Democrats still turn their faces away from reality. They still talk about the Eighties as a lost decade of deficits and greed.

That is why conservatives and Republicans must hammer away at the truth, that 1980 represents a watershed for America. The Wall Street Journal edit page folks understand this, and so they put up a column every so often to  unfold 

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“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.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison

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

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“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

Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they 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


“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


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

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

China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing

Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity

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

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