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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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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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