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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 ...

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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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