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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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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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