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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 ...

 TAGS


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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