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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 ...

 TAGS


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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


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


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


Postmodernism

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


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


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


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


Conservatism

Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


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


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