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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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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.


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


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


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


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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