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Daily Blogs for 11/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Having It Both Ways | 11/29/05
 You’ve got to hand it to veteran Democrats like Washington’s own Rep. Norm ...

McCain without a McClue on Economic Policy | 11/28/05
 Over the years Republicans and conservatives have wondered about Senator John McCain. ...

Rachel's Story | 11/28/05
 Suppose you had been brutally raped back in 2002. Suppose you had battled back and had ...

Keeping the Home Computers Burning | 11/26/05
 The Brits are having a spot of winter weather right now, what they call “snow ...

Winning in Iraq | 11/25/05
 What is going on in Iraq? Are we on the cusp of helping the Iraqis establish a ...

Be Thankful and Hope | 11/24/05
 In the present season of conservative and Republican exhaustion it is easy to think that ...

An Old Reagan Hand Says GOP in Power Too Long | 11/23/05
 Reagan aide Lynn Nofziger is now 81. It was forty years ago that he left his job as a ...

Pushing Back Against "Bush Lied" | 11/22/05
 Although it is true that the Republicans direct all three branches of government and the ...

Government Workers Earn More | 11/21/05
 Sixty-year-old baby boomers all across the nation are reporting a curious experience. ...

A Question of Belief | 11/18/05
 As everyone knows, the world is moving progressively down a path of secularization, away ...

The War over Medicare Drugs | 11/17/05
 In case you hadn’t noticed, November 15 marked the start of enrollment for the new ...

The Senate Goes Wobbly | 11/16/05
 With the United States Senate voting in one week to let ...

If Republicans Don't Stand for Tax Cuts... | 11/15/05
 If there is one thing the Republican Party stands for it is tax cuts. That is because it ...

In Europe the Fire This Time | 11/14/05
 Here’s the best piece yet on the French mess. ...

Trying to Explain the French and the World | 11/11/05
 Does it seem cynical that, in the misery of the recent French riots, all the commentators ...

Steyn on Europe: It's the Demography, Stupid | 11/10/05
 Don’t order the casket for Europe just yet, but it is time to start taking ...

Wait Till Next Year | 11/10/05
 Everyone is busily projecting the results of this week’s election out to 2006 and ...

Hugo Chavez: What's the Point? | 11/09/05
 The real problem with oil is not that it is despoiling the earth through global warming. ...

Wake Me When It's Over | 11/08/05
 We live, most of us, most of the time, in a dream. So ...

Young Men Want to Fight for the Tribe | 11/07/05
 Young men like to fight. That is a truth that has been obscured over the last ...

Democratic Politicians and the Angry Left | 11/04/05
 Conservatives are waking up this week to the possibility that our Democratic friends may ...

The Failure of the Social Model | 11/03/05
 Decades ago a much-loved European pleasure was to shake the head in knowing ...

UN Discovers Property Rights for the Poor | 11/02/05
 Here’s a man bites dog story. The United Nations is setting up a commission on ...

A Great Opportunity | 11/01/05
 It was the fall of 1987 when Senator Edward Kennedy opened a new era in American ...

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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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