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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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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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