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Daily Blogs for 12/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

The Kids: Professors Worry About Right-Wing Students | 12/31/05
 What do the professors think about the lurch to the right in the past decades, and what ...

Everyone Worries About Deficits | 12/29/05
 The federal deficit is terrible. The trade deficit is worse. How long can it go on? ...

The Dear Old MSM in Their Liberal Bubble | 12/28/05
 Conservatives love to twit the mainstream media for their bias and their insularity. And ...

Muslims Don't Read Western Media | 12/27/05
 Should we forget the Bush strategy of using cold hard steel to push back the Islamist ...

Now We Can Fight Back | 12/26/05
 It used to be there was little we could do if The New York Times put a lump of ...

A Christmas Story from the Land of the Elves | 12/23/05
 At Christmastime it is right and proper that we step back from the hurly burly of ...

Will "Kos" Lead Democrats Off a Cliff? | 12/23/05
 Who is Markos Moulitsas and what does he want? That is what Democrats must be asking ...

Is the Worm Turning in NY Subways? | 12/22/05
 Studies show that state and local government workers earn about 40 percent more than ...

Unsustainable Medicare | 12/21/05
 As commentator ...

The Joys of National Health Care | 12/20/05
 Our neighbor to the north has a government monopoly system of health care. In Canada you ...

President Bush Rallies the Nation. Why Did He Wait? | 12/19/05
 There are many who must wonder. Why did ...

Bush in Bubble Racks Up Another "W" | 12/16/05
 There he sits, the incurious President Bush, isolated from Congress and living in a ...

Who Needs Literacy | 12/15/05
 About 14 percent of adults in the United States cannnot perform a simple reading task ...

Hugh Hewitt Pops MSMer's Bubble | 12/15/05
 Be sure to check this interview of LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik by ...

Your Bubble is Bigger Than My Bubble | 12/14/05
 President Bush lives in a bubble. That is the breathless conclusion of Newsweek ...

After the Iraq Election, Then What? | 12/13/05
 When you bring a nation back from the dark night of terror, you have to do it step by ...

If Fathers Had "Choice" | 12/12/05
 If women deserve “choice,” then why shouldn’t men enjoy comparable rights ...

President to Take Credit for Good Economy | 12/12/05
 Now you’re talking. The White House is sending out the word that the president is ...

What Would Hayek Do? | 12/09/05
 In Britland they are worrying about the consequence of cranking up the government share ...

Teen Sex Leads to Depression in Girls | 12/09/05
 We all know, because liberals have taught us, that sexual restraint is harmful, leading ...

Talk Up The Economy | 12/08/05
 In the last fiscal year federal revenues came in $100 billion above the estimates of the ...

New Party Leader Addresses Brit "Broken Society" | 12/07/05
 Ten years ago British Prime Minister Tony Blair turned the Labour Party away from its ...

The Mind of the Left | 12/06/05
 What is it like to belong to the left? How does the left think? Conservatives ponder ...

Does Iraq Have an Army? | 12/05/05
 In the Atlantic ...

Vive l'Empereur!(1) | 12/02/05
 December 2, 2005 is the bicentennial of the Battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon’s ...

Gloom and Doom on the Economy | 12/02/05
 What is going on with the economy? On the one hand, GDP is growing at 3.5 to 4.0 percent ...

Phonics Wins in Britain | 12/01/05
 In case you were worrying, here’s some good news. The Brits just decided to give up ...

Advice to the Ankle-biters | 12/01/05
 Many on the right have criticised the president for not doing enough to maintain support ...

Why GM Failed | 12/01/05
 The great achievement of General Motors, writes ...


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

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

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

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

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.


[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


[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


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

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

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

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

Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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