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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 ...

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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