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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 ...

 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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