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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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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


Sacrifice

[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


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


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”


Pentecostalism

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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