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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 ...



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


“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


[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 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


“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


“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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