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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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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


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


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


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


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.


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


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


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


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


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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