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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 | 06/23/05
 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 | 06/17/05
 Democrats had a grand time in 2004 congratulating themselves as being the party of ...

Productivity Rules the World | 06/17/05
 Why is the US the most advanced industrial nation in the world? Because of ...

Our Favorite French Babe | 06/16/05
 Any time you want, link to Liberté ...

Benefit Fraud in Old Europe | 06/15/05
 For over a century conservatives have struggled against the welfare state´s claim to be ...

HSAs Equal First Party Payment | 06/14/05
 Experts agree that the “third party” payment system in health care is one of ...

Democrats Still Don't Get The Eighties | 06/14/05
 What are the lessons to be learned from the Eighties? In an interview with John Ehrman, ...

Jesus Fights AIDS | 06/13/05
 There is one thing that cannot be true, must not be true for our liberal friends. And ...

The Tipping Point: $24,000 | 06/13/05
 The new Democratic group Third ...

Fear and Loathing in Manhattan | 06/10/05
 Let us not get mad at Howard Dean for tagging the Republican Party as ...

Smart Guys on Janice Rogers Brown | 06/09/05
 Judging from the mournful comments of left-wing law school professor Erwin Chemerinsky, ...

Bush Stays on Message | 06/09/05
 According to American strategy expert John Boyd, we have two options in life: “To ...

Democrats Not Sure About Judge Compromise | 06/08/05
 Two weeks ago conservatives were mad as hell about the compromise on judicial filibusters ...

What Would President Hillary Be For? | 06/07/05
 Global content provider Mark ...

Americans Like Their Religion Straight | 06/07/05
 It´s an old story. Conservative, strict churches are growing, and liberal, secular ...

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

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

Forget the Dieting! | 06/03/05
 Nutritionist Sandy Szwarc ...

Ryanair's Cost-cutting Frenzy | 06/02/05
 Did you know that Mike O´Leary, boss of Europe´s Ryanair, has now stopped employees ...

Right Wing Noise Machine | 06/02/05
 Now it is John Kerry that is complaining about the right-wing message machine that is ...

America's Polarized Politics | 06/01/05
 Used to be that liberals were liberals before they were Democrats, and conservatives were ...

Reacting to Globalization | 06/01/05
 Tony Blankley puts the French “non” in the context of “globalization and ...

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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


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


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


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


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


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.


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


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


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


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


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