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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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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”


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


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