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Daily Blogs for 6/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

NYT: Take a Powder, Dems | 06/30/05
 The nation´s newspaper of record finally said it. Responding to a letter “from ...

Free Education for Africa? | 06/29/05
 Tony Blair and Gordon Brown want the rich countries to donate $7 billion a year for ...

NY Times Notices Ireland | 06/29/05
 Did you know that Ireland is the richest country in Europe? You did? No doubt you ...

Let's Teach Liberals the Virtue of a Dead Constitution | 06/29/05
 How do you like your constitution? Living or dead? Conservative ...

All Power Corrupts... | 06/28/05
 Just in time for the contradictory Supreme Court decisions regulating the public display ...

Ignore that Laffer Behind the Curtain | 06/27/05
 Democrats are still holding their hands in front of their eyes refusing to believe in the ...

Democrats Shocked: Blair Kid to Intern with GOP | 06/26/05
 When Tony Blair´s kid Euan decided to try for an internship with Congress, where do you ...

Steyn: Burn Baby Burn | 06/26/05
 What do you think we conservatives are? Wimps? You think we need a flag-burning ...

Mehlman Accepts the Challenge | 06/25/05
 The Republican faithful always complain that Republican leaders have no spine, that they ...

Did the Profs Cry Uncle? | 06/24/05
 All of a sudden, according to ...

Beware of Close Relationships | 06/23/05
 Marriage is a problem. On that we can all agree. And so a number of people have decided ...

French-bashing on Sartre's Centenary | 06/22/05
 Conservative ...

What's The Point? | 06/22/05
 News reports indicate that House Republicans are drafting a Social Security bill that ...

Cheer Up Chaps! | 06/21/05
 Ever since the election, conservatives have been down in the dumps. Cheer up, ...

Victim of the Welfare State | 06/20/05
 For over a century progressives have dined out on the misery of the poor. It was all ...

Laffer Rides Again | 06/19/05
 Remember the Laffer Curve, the curve that economist ...

The Science of Free Trade | 06/16/05
 Democrats had a grand time in 2004 congratulating themselves as being the party of ...

Productivity Rules the World | 06/16/05
 Why is the US the most advanced industrial nation in the world? Because of ...

Our Favorite French Babe | 06/15/05
 Any time you want, link to Liberté ...

Benefit Fraud in Old Europe | 06/14/05
 For over a century conservatives have struggled against the welfare state´s claim to be ...

HSAs Equal First Party Payment | 06/13/05
 Experts agree that the “third party” payment system in health care is one of ...

Democrats Still Don't Get The Eighties | 06/13/05
 What are the lessons to be learned from the Eighties? In an interview with John Ehrman, ...

Jesus Fights AIDS | 06/12/05
 There is one thing that cannot be true, must not be true for our liberal friends. And ...

The Tipping Point: $24,000 | 06/12/05
 The new Democratic group Third ...

Fear and Loathing in Manhattan | 06/09/05
 Let us not get mad at Howard Dean for tagging the Republican Party as ...

Smart Guys on Janice Rogers Brown | 06/08/05
 Judging from the mournful comments of left-wing law school professor Erwin Chemerinsky, ...

Bush Stays on Message | 06/08/05
 According to American strategy expert John Boyd, we have two options in life: “To ...

Democrats Not Sure About Judge Compromise | 06/07/05
 Two weeks ago conservatives were mad as hell about the compromise on judicial filibusters ...

What Would President Hillary Be For? | 06/06/05
 Global content provider Mark ...

Americans Like Their Religion Straight | 06/06/05
 It´s an old story. Conservative, strict churches are growing, and liberal, secular ...

The Experts Can't Read | 06/05/05
 The problem with our glorious empire of experts, where experts pronounce, and we the ...

The End of the Expert | 06/05/05
 Experts gave us the defined-benefit pension, now dying in the bankruptcies of the steel ...

Forget the Dieting! | 06/02/05
 Nutritionist Sandy Szwarc ...

Ryanair's Cost-cutting Frenzy | 06/01/05
 Did you know that Mike O´Leary, boss of Europe´s Ryanair, has now stopped employees ...

Right Wing Noise Machine | 06/01/05
 Now it is John Kerry that is complaining about the right-wing message machine that is ...

America's Polarized Politics | 05/31/05
 Used to be that liberals were liberals before they were Democrats, and conservatives were ...

Reacting to Globalization | 05/31/05
 Tony Blankley puts the French “non” in the context of “globalization and ...

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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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