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Daily Blogs for 10/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

The Folly of Feminism | 10/31/05
 Judging by her article in The New York Times Magazine about the rough time women ...

Alito, Scalito | 10/31/05
 Conservatives got what we asked for. In Appeals Court Judge Samuel A. Alito we have a ...

The Lessons of Volcker and Greenspan | 10/29/05
 As the quarter century of inflation-free prosperity under the monetary policies of ...

The Conservative Base Rejoins the Bush Team | 10/28/05
 There’s a problem about belonging to a political base. Sometimes your party ignores ...

Miers Withdraws | 10/27/05
 Today, October 27, Harriet Miers ...

The Global Education Mess | 10/26/05
 We think that we have an education mess here in the United States with our education ...

Black and White Shame on Race | 10/26/05
 There are two sides to the original sin of the United States of America: Negro slavery. ...

Name-calling Lefties | 10/25/05
 We are all so well trained that we often forget just how much we are not allowed to say. ...

The Fight for Economic Competence | 10/24/05
 It’s been well said that, if the parties of the right stand for anything, they stand ...

Battle of Trafalgar | 10/21/05
 Today, October 21, is a day that will live... in glory. It was this day two hundred ...

Out of the Mouths of Babes | 10/20/05
 What really happened to those WMDs? And what really was the relationship between Al ...

Democrats Still Don't Get It | 10/19/05
 Democrats are working hard on making a comeback in 2006 and 2008. But it is not clear ...

"Harmless" Drugs | 10/18/05
 As parents and teachers coke our children up on Ritalin, retired physician ...

Media Loses Heart | 10/18/05
 Back in the good old days, when Ronald Reagan, the “amiable dunce,” was ...

Iraqis Vote For Constitution | 10/17/05
 Early returns show that the Iraqi people ...

Thatcher's 80th Birthday | 10/14/05
 They celebrated the 80th birthday last night of ...

Bush's Plan on Track in Iraq | 10/13/05
 For about a couple of years now Democrats have pushed the line that the Bush ...

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reforms | 10/12/05
 What does the recent German election mean, in which the two main parties, the SPD and the ...

Low US Savings: Is It a Problem? | 10/12/05
 One of the concerns of enlightened elite opinion recently has been a worry over the ...

Who Lost Delphi? | 10/11/05
 On October 8, 2005, Delphi, the auto ...

The New Tory Prince | 10/11/05
 As the song goes, “I been down so long that down don’t worry me.” ...

Happy Columbus Day | 10/10/05
 How should we celebrate Columbus Day? As a celebration of western European values and ...

The President Plants a Stake in Iraq | 10/07/05
 In his speech on Iraq on October 6, 2005, ...

Ronnie Barker R.I.P. | 10/06/05
 They don’t make them like that any more, certainly not like ...

August Wilson R.I.P. | 10/05/05
 In an era in which American theater has driven theatergoers to despair as it panders ...

The Chavez Plan to Wreck Venezuela | 10/05/05
 As we thrill to the excitements of US politics, let us not forget Venezuela as Hugo ...

49 Up: Oral History as it Happens | 10/04/05
 Forty years ago Granada TV in Britain broadcast a documentary, Seven Up, about ...

Miers or Less: The Fight Goes On | 10/03/05
 President Bush ...

The Underclass: Remember Them? | 10/02/05
 Charles Murray published Losing Ground twenty years ago. In it he told how social ...

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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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