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Daily Blogs for 5/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Charter School Tipping Point? | 05/31/05
 Are we approaching the tipping point on charter schools? The point at which the hard ...

Undereducated of the World Unite! | 05/30/05
 Straight from the reading room of the Library of Congress comes this manifesto from ...

What's Wrong With Single Moms? | 05/30/05
 The Brits are having a media frenzy over a family of single moms. Julie, single mother ...

Hansen to US Critics: You are Boring | 05/27/05
 Fed up with PepsiCo CFO Indra Nooyi and her middle-finger insult to the US? Pissed off by ...

WaPo: Wow! House Rules Committee Rules | 05/26/05
 The Washington Post publishes an article that concludes that Republicans, having ...

Return to Sanity? or Craven Sellout? | 05/25/05
 Most conservatives and Republicans are outraged by the moderate compromise that was ...

Suppose Blacks Deserted the Democrats? | 05/24/05
 Democrats cannot afford to lose the black vote. “If the share of the black vote ...

Another Tipping Point | 05/23/05
 The day that 8 million Iraqis voted for freedom was the day that ...

Why are Liberal Journalists like Muslims? | 05/23/05
 You´d expect that political ...

Real People Get Hurt When MSM Misfires | 05/20/05
 Our beloved media enjoy a special privilege. They don´t get to pay damages ...

Experts Shocked by Public's Optimism | 05/19/05
 Americans are astonishingly optimistic, according to a new poll reported by ...

Warning: Egalitarians are At It Again | 05/18/05
 The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. It´s the center of the ...

Solar Tower of Power | 05/17/05
 The Aussies are going to build a 3,000 ft high solar power generator. according to ...

Steyn: RU1-2? John Bolton Isn't, and That's His Problem | 05/15/05
 Remember the tsunami relief effort? You do? Then you´ll probably be shocked to learn ...

European Death Spiral | 05/15/05
 Here in the US the mainstream media is tut-tutting about an economic pause as growth ...

Snapshot of the American People | 05/15/05
 Here´s a look at the American people in 2005, courtesy of ...

Get a Hip Replacement in India, and Take in the Taj | 05/13/05
 The latest thing is health tourism. Go to India to get your procedure done at 25 ...

The Real History of the Filibuster | 05/12/05
 So you thought that the filibuster was a 214-year tradition of the good old Senate now ...

See No Evil, Hear No Evil... | 05/11/05
 Remember the good old days when liberals thundered their moral outrage to the ...

When Hayek's Extended Order Goes Virtual | 05/11/05
 What will the media world be like in 2014? A couple of journalists, Matt Thompson of ...

Steyn: It's The Bars Over The Windows, Stupid | 05/09/05
 Even though the Brits are highly taxed, they don´t seem to feel it. But what you can ...

Lefty Naomi Klein Mourns End of Ration Program in Iraq | 05/06/05
 Lefty activist and author of anti-globalist bible No ...

Bigotry: You'll Find it on the Left | 05/05/05
 Conservative Jewish pundit ...

Interview with "South Park Conservative" Brian Anderson | 05/03/05
 Author Brian C. Anderson does an interview ...

Steyn: Blair Will Win | 05/02/05
 Überpundit Mark ...

Spengler: No Women Priests, Thank You | 05/02/05
 The commentariat´s chief disciple of Franz Rosenzweig has been exercised by the ...

Dems Don't Get Religion | 05/02/05
 After the election Democrats said that they would start to pay attention to religious ...

 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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