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Daily Blogs for 1/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Turner: The Iraq Election in Verse | 01/31/05
 Frederick Turner thinks that the Iraq election should be ...

Iraq Election: Handing Out Medals | 01/31/05
 After the spectacular turnout in Sunday´s Iraq election, it´s time to name names, as ...

Steyn: Four More Wars | 01/28/05
 While many conservatives are tiring of the War on Terror, Mark Steyn rings down Full ...

More on the New England Vapors | 01/27/05
 While Larry Summers completes his re-education course somewhere in New England, George ...

Spengler: Americans Can't Do Tragedy | 01/27/05
 You can´t put one over on Spengler. He´s right there in the front rank complaining ...

Forming and Breaking Relationships Easily | 01/26/05
 No, this is not about divorce. It is about the nature of social relationships generally. ...

Ken Mehlman Lays Down a Marker | 01/25/05
 You can´t make it any clearer than this. Ken Mehlman ...

Ankle Biters Get Teeth into Inaugural Speech | 01/25/05
 Loyal liberal E.J. Dionne ...

Brit Bobbies Lost Key to Gun Cupboard | 01/23/05
 Don´t cancel your British vaction, it was nearly a century ago when London bobbies ...

Brit Pundit Says Don't Count US Out | 01/21/05
 A writer from the London Times ...

Bush Supporters Wonder What It Means | 01/21/05
 Reagan/Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan worries that the President has ...

Inaugural Sour Grapes | 01/20/05
 For the last couple of weeks Democrats have been complaining about the cost of the Bush ...

Brits on Bush: It ain't over yet | 01/20/05
 A Brit at the London Times does a think piece on the Bush inauguration. The U.S. ...

Spengler: Two Cheers for Hypocrisy | 01/19/05
 Spengler´s been taking the odd week off over the holiday season, enraging his world-wide ...

Scorched Earth Won't Work For Democrats | 01/18/05
 David Brooks advises Democrats ...

President Bush: "I Assume I'm Right" | 01/18/05
 When will the Democrats stop misunderestimating President Bush? Here is the ...

Uncle Ted, The Face of the Democrats | 01/17/05
 Boston columnist Don Feder takes apart Ted Kennedy and the Democrats. This is a good ...

The Political Math for Social Security Reform | 01/17/05
 Fred Barnes discards the conventional wisdom and tries to figure out how President Bush ...

Sshh! The Deficit is Shrinking! | 01/14/05
 While we are all attentively watching Dan Rather´s rather outré retirement ...

Peggy Noonan at Her Finest | 01/13/05
 Peggy Noonan—who used to write Dan Rather´s radio ...

Steyn: Brits are to Blame for Black Homophobia? | 01/11/05
 No, Mark Steyn hasn´t gone bonkers. But the earnest Decca Aitkenhead in The ...

Steyn: Last Week's Boxer Rebellion Means Dems are Losers | 01/10/05
 Speaking as a Canadian and resumably entitled to vote in California, Mark Steyn ...

NYT Trendspotters: Religion is Reviving Worldwide! | 01/10/05
 All the Upper West Side is agog this week after the New York Times´s Laurie ...

What Happened to the Reasonable Man? | 01/07/05
 This is a muddy article about ...

What Should Democrats Do? | 01/06/05
 Now Peggy Noonan is giving them advice. “The Bush administration has stood for ...

Steyn: Message from Col. Shrapnell | 01/05/05
 The men of Battery M send up a barrage of shot and shell against the ...

Spengler: Neocon Gelernter Writes "Utter and Complete Rubbish" | 01/04/05
 David Gelernter in Commentary thinks the Puritanism of the founders shaded into modern ...

CEO Deepthink from Drucker | 01/03/05
 What is the ...

Steyn: Americans Are Different | 01/02/05
 Americans are different; they work more than kindler, gentler Euros. For instance, Mark ...

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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


Mutual Aid

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


Education

“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


Living Under Law

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


German Philosophy

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 inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

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


Chappies

“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


Democratic Capitalism

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


Action

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


Churches

[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


Conversion

“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


Living Law

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


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