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Daily Blogs for 4/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Liberals and Diversity: A Cautionary Tale | 04/29/05
 Conservatives have always distrusted the liberal line on diversity and ...

"Lifestage" Conservatism | 04/28/05
 We already knew that President Bush led by 20 points in the last election among married ...

The Katie Crisis | 04/27/05
 Conservatives have waited a long time for the day that Katie Couric would start to get ...

Steyn Week: Tories Too Strident and Too Timid | 04/26/05
 This week it´s all Steyn, all the time. And today Mark Steyn ...

It's The Culture Stupid | 04/26/05
 Thomas Sowell trots out the basic finding of his Race and Culture trilogy for the ...

Conclave or Congress: Which Gets the Job Done? | 04/25/05
 Mark Steyn ...

Not What They Had In Mind | 04/22/05
 A roundup of comment on the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI in the ...

Not What They Had In Mind | 04/21/05
 A roundup of comment on the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI in the ...

British Election: Tories Should Lose | 04/20/05
 The Sunday Times´ ...

Steyn: Westerners are All Teenagers | 04/19/05
 Joke-a-graf Mark Steyn gets serious for a moment and ...

Ancient Scrolls Deciphered. Philologists Go To Heaven | 04/18/05
 The ancient Oxyrhynchus Papyri, discovered years ago in Egypt have succumbed to modern ...

Steyn: Don't Put Your Hands on Hips Around Me Young Man | 04/17/05
 Mark has had it with this anger management thing. So John Bolton in not qualified to be ...

Steyn: Don't Get Flushed Down the Eurinal | 04/15/05
 Is nothing sacred? Now they are outsourcing tax returns to India! And that´s not all. ...

Spot the Fascist | 04/15/05
 On Wednesday, conservative advocate David Horowitz took his campaign for the Academic ...

Cheerleading Hits Britain | 04/14/05
 Have the Evil Bush Neocons no shame? They are taking over Britain by exporting ...

The Tax Code Foments Conflict | 04/13/05
 As we all rail about the tax code and snigger as we take our special tax deduction, let ...

If Liberals Hate Wal-Mart... | 04/12/05
 Then it stands to reason that there must be something good and noble about Wal-Mart ...

Republicans in Better Shape Than You Think | 04/11/05
 Michael Barone ...

Parents Pushing Back on Wacko Colleges | 04/10/05
 Parents aren´t too pleased about college tuition and wacko left-wing politics. This ...

NYT on Einstein in 1905 | 04/08/05
 At its best The New York Times can be really good, as this oped recapping the ...

Campus Bias by "Anonymous" | 04/06/05
 So you didn´t really believe all that conservative whining about liberal bias in the ...

Steyn: JPII, The Scourge of the Secularists | 04/05/05
 It´s odd, opines the oracular Mark Steyn, that Jim Callaghan, a former British prime ...

Steyn: The Importance of a Cracked-up Name | 04/04/05
 Do you wonder what Princeton Lyman, Monteagle Stearns, and Spurgeon Keeny Jr. have to do ...

Saddam WMDs Down, But Saddam WMD Budget Up | 04/01/05
 So we didn´t find WMDs in Iraq, according to the ...

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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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