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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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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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