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Daily Blogs for 2/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

A Liberal Faces Up to The Wal-Mart Phenomenon. Almost | 02/27/05
 What do we liberals do about Wal-Mart, worries liberal Robert Reich? Let´s admit it, we ...

Iraq War All But Won | 02/26/05
 A little bit of gloating is starting to surface among the US brass in Iraq, as the ...

Steyn Creates Threatening Learning Environment for Euros | 02/26/05
 It´s lucky that pundit Mark Steyn doesn´t teach in a university. He´d be up before ...

School Vouchers. In Arizona | 02/24/05
 We won´t see ...

Bush's East Asia Game | 02/22/05
 On Sunday´s Meet the Press, Senator Hillary Clinton accused the Bush Administration of ...

"Quite a Racket" | 02/22/05
 The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) heads to Britain and becomes ...

That Mark Steyn. He's Such a Card! | 02/19/05
 No giggling, writes schoolmarm Mark Steyn. That´s the word in the briefing books as ...

Take Me Back! | 02/19/05
 Time reports that the Iraqi rebels are ...

Brit Hopes for Blogger Revolution in UK | 02/18/05
 Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith in Britain hopes that the ...

The Templeton Curve and Social Security | 02/17/05
 Want to know the difference between President Bush´s vision for Social Security and the ...

Peggy's Seal of Approval for Blogs | 02/16/05
 She´s the den ...

Capitalism Ended Slavery | 02/16/05
 So you think that capitalism was founded on slavery do you? Here are some ...

Dems Want Government Control of Nation's Elderly | 02/15/05
 They don´t put it quite like that, of course. “We´re going to take things away ...

Steyn: Just Shrug, It's a UN Atrocity | 02/14/05
 Suppose it was the 3rd Infantry Division ...

New Labour Sharpens Knife For Sacred Cow | 02/13/05
 If you are a Brit leftie, ...

A Tale about a Tax: Social Security | 02/12/05
 Sooner or later, someone had to write an article that told the story of ...

Want Single Payer Health? Read This | 02/10/05
 A Briton compares the US ...

Democrats: Get With The Program | 02/09/05
 That´s Tom Friedman from The New York Times saying that, not me. It´s good to ...

Ward Churchill: The Hamlet Moment | 02/09/05
 To fire or not to fire Ward Churchill, the academic fraud held lovingly to the breast of ...

Tops Dems Hate SoSoc Reform Yet Love Stocks and Bonds | 02/08/05
 Top Democrats like Senator Harry Reid are busy talking about the ...

Remember the Raccoon Lodge | 02/07/05
 Back in the Fifties, lots of Americans belonged to self-governing membership ...

Moyer Quote on Watt a Crock | 02/06/05
 The bloggers at ...

Girls That Kill Girls | 02/05/05
 From age 8 to 12 British girl gets raped by brother. At age 12 she complains to her ...

Steyn: Dems All Exit and No Strategy | 02/05/05
 Post Captain Mark Steyn returns to top form and ...

Spengler: What Iraq Democracy? | 02/04/05
 Democracy, writes ...

Peggy Noonan on SOTU | 02/03/05
 Peggy takes in the sweep of the president´s State of the Union speech, and focuses on ...

New Establishment Line on Iraq | 02/03/05
 The center left gets the call from Thomas Friedman. Better take the Iraq ...

An Invitation to Suicide | 02/02/05
 The advantage of liberalism was that it could never quite define itself, writes William ...

First You Need A Majority | 02/02/05
 Paul Starr in The American Prospect reads Democrats the Riot Act. You can´t ...

Britland: School Chaos | 02/01/05
 And you thought American public schools were bad. Read how ...

Britland: New Labour Reality | 02/01/05
 RMC Chappie David Green exposes Britain´s New Labour Party ...

A Bold Tax Reform Plan | 01/31/05
 Stephen Moore proposes a startlingly ...

Steyn: Let's Worry About the Euro Quagmire | 01/31/05
 Now that the Iraqis have decided to give the terrorists the finger, sensitive Mark Steyn ...

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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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