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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 ...



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


“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

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


[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

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

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”


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

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


“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

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

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


“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

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