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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 ...

 TAGS


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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