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Daily Blogs for 3/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Taking Hillary Seriously | 03/31/05
 Peggy Noonan reminds us not to ...

Mixing Religion and Politics | 03/30/05
 In this long article, Edward Feser ...

Democrats Worry About Catholics | 03/30/05
 Democrat consultants Stan Greenberg and Matt Hogan look at ...

Cab Drivers are Giving Real-Estate Tips | 03/29/05
 Old Joe Kennedy knew that something was wrong when his shoe-shine boy started giving him ...

Steyn: It's Still Wrong | 03/28/05
 As usual, the incomparable Mark Steyn gets to the ...

Clueless Old Europe | 03/26/05
 Enjoy these ...

Here Comes Polyamory | 03/24/05
 After mainstreaming the idea of gay marriage, the radical left is limbering up for the ...

Steyn Won't Let Up on Old Europe | 03/22/05
 Gloater Mark Steyn is at it again, needling aging Europe about its population crash and ...

Tory Party Sees a Glint of Hope | 03/22/05
 Ever since the mid Nineties, the British Conservative Party has been on the mat, the old ...

Republicans are Cracking Up. No They are Not. | 03/20/05
 Which is it? Andrew Sullivan says the Republicans are ...

Competitive Sports? For Children? Whatever Next? | 03/20/05
 In Britland the progressives are just as firmly opposed to competitive childrens´ sports ...

Britain's Flourishing Slave Trade | 03/19/05
 So you thought the ...

Krauthammer "Tells It Like It Is" | 03/18/05
 Back in the Seventies when liberals ruled the world, a sports-mad liberal Jewish kid ...

The Witness of Ashley Smith | 03/17/05
 The enormity of the Brian Nichols affair in Atlanta speaks for itself. Conservative bad ...

And Now This... | 03/16/05
 First Wali Jumblatt said it: “[W]hen I saw the Iraqi people voting [on January ...

What Went Wrong? No Fairness Doctrine | 03/15/05
 Political philosopher John Kerry has ...

Democrats in the Desert | 03/14/05
 Michael Barone surveys the ...

Steyn: Yeah, Terrorism in Ireland | 03/14/05
 Never mind Al Qaeda. Let´s talk about the ...

Ronnie We Hardly Knew Ye! | 03/11/05
 As democracy starts to bud in the Middle East, this commentator ...

Slip in the Shiv | 03/10/05
 Let´s stick it to ...

Cuddly Pessimist Admits Error | 03/09/05
 America´s most cheerful pessimist, Ex-Brit John Derbyshire, cheerfully ...

Steyn: Assad Checks the Eye Chart | 03/08/05
 Finally, the “arab street” is being heard from, and it is holding up an eye ...

Spengler: 20th Century Losers are Dying Out | 03/08/05
 Look at the UN population projections, ...

Your Bias is Showing! | 03/07/05
 David Frum takes The Washington Post to task for its instinctive liberal bias. ...

Idiotarianism, A Brief Survey | 03/04/05
 Said Nelson Mandela: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is ...

"This does not mean that George Bush has been right all along." | 03/03/05
 Oh no. Perish the thought. But Britain´s lefty Guardian is doing a ...

Business as a Learning Process | 03/03/05
 Arnold Kling wants to bury the equations of the mathematical economists and proposes ...

Finding Jews for GOP | 03/02/05
 When the left is becoming more and more anti-Semitic by the day, the world wonders why ...

Meet The Iranian Resistance | 03/01/05
 Here´s an in depth interview with two ...

Steyn: Gloater-in-chief Hails 7,000 Year March to Democracy in Egypt | 03/01/05
 Like, what kept you guys so long? Mark Steyn is pulling out old columns and ...

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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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