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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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Action

The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


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


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


Churches

[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


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


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”


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


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


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


Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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


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


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