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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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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