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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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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


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


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


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


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[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


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.


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


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


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Pentecostalism

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


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