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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 ...


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

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

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

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

Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


[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

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.

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

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


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

Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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

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