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Daily Blogs for 2/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

A Liberal Faces Up to The Wal-Mart Phenomenon. Almost | 02/28/05
 What do we liberals do about Wal-Mart, worries liberal Robert Reich? Let´s admit it, we ...

Iraq War All But Won | 02/27/05
 A little bit of gloating is starting to surface among the US brass in Iraq, as the ...

Steyn Creates Threatening Learning Environment for Euros | 02/27/05
 It´s lucky that pundit Mark Steyn doesn´t teach in a university. He´d be up before ...

School Vouchers. In Arizona | 02/25/05
 We won´t see ...

Bush's East Asia Game | 02/23/05
 On Sunday´s Meet the Press, Senator Hillary Clinton accused the Bush Administration of ...

"Quite a Racket" | 02/23/05
 The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) heads to Britain and becomes ...

That Mark Steyn. He's Such a Card! | 02/20/05
 No giggling, writes schoolmarm Mark Steyn. That´s the word in the briefing books as ...

Take Me Back! | 02/20/05
 Time reports that the Iraqi rebels are ...

Brit Hopes for Blogger Revolution in UK | 02/19/05
 Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith in Britain hopes that the ...

The Templeton Curve and Social Security | 02/18/05
 Want to know the difference between President Bush´s vision for Social Security and the ...

Peggy's Seal of Approval for Blogs | 02/17/05
 She´s the den ...

Capitalism Ended Slavery | 02/17/05
 So you think that capitalism was founded on slavery do you? Here are some ...

Dems Want Government Control of Nation's Elderly | 02/16/05
 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 | 02/15/05
 Suppose it was the 3rd Infantry Division ...

New Labour Sharpens Knife For Sacred Cow | 02/14/05
 If you are a Brit leftie, ...

A Tale about a Tax: Social Security | 02/13/05
 Sooner or later, someone had to write an article that told the story of ...

Want Single Payer Health? Read This | 02/11/05
 A Briton compares the US ...

Democrats: Get With The Program | 02/10/05
 That´s Tom Friedman from The New York Times saying that, not me. It´s good to ...

Ward Churchill: The Hamlet Moment | 02/10/05
 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 | 02/09/05
 Top Democrats like Senator Harry Reid are busy talking about the ...

Remember the Raccoon Lodge | 02/08/05
 Back in the Fifties, lots of Americans belonged to self-governing membership ...

Moyer Quote on Watt a Crock | 02/07/05
 The bloggers at ...

Girls That Kill Girls | 02/06/05
 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 | 02/06/05
 Post Captain Mark Steyn returns to top form and ...

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

Peggy Noonan on SOTU | 02/04/05
 Peggy takes in the sweep of the president´s State of the Union speech, and focuses on ...

New Establishment Line on Iraq | 02/04/05
 The center left gets the call from Thomas Friedman. Better take the Iraq ...

An Invitation to Suicide | 02/03/05
 The advantage of liberalism was that it could never quite define itself, writes William ...

First You Need A Majority | 02/03/05
 Paul Starr in The American Prospect reads Democrats the Riot Act. You can´t ...

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

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

A Bold Tax Reform Plan | 02/01/05
 Stephen Moore proposes a startlingly ...

Steyn: Let's Worry About the Euro Quagmire | 02/01/05
 Now that the Iraqis have decided to give the terrorists the finger, sensitive Mark Steyn ...

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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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