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Daily Blogs for 7/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Death of a Feminist | 07/31/05
 On July 15 the American feminist ...

Karl Rove, Supply Sider | 07/31/05
 The importance of Karl Rove isn’t just that he is a top-flight political strategist. ...

Eek! Hayek Alert NYT Readers! | 07/31/05
 For years The New York Times has carefully sheltered its readers from the ...

Are You Now... a Member of The Federalist Society? | 07/30/05
 It would be comical if it weren’t so mean-spirited and sad. Liberals are all worked ...

Blog Bites MSM: Guardian Trainee Didn't Disclose Terror Links | 07/29/05
 Remember in the good old days when the MSM importantly told us how they were the ...

Don't Tell the Democrats! | 07/27/05
 The risk in nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court with a short period of service ...

Indonesians Think Christianity is More Modern | 07/27/05
 There is no doubt that the west needs to get a lot more serious about the Islamic mass ...

Forty Years Later: The Moynihan Report | 07/27/05
 Oh yeah. Forty years ago this summer. The Moynihan Report on the Negro Family. Kay S. ...

The Left Hates Exercise and Grooming | 07/27/05
 Want to know what President Bush has done now? According to liberal writer Jonathan ...

Ten Core Values of Britishness | 07/26/05
 In the aftermath of the London bombings, Londoners are doing a bit of thinking ...

Will Conservative Movement Split over Mark Steyn? | 07/26/05
 As conservatives and Republicans try to come together to get Judge Roberts onto the ...

Let's Talk Economic Horse Sense | 07/26/05
 You economic Neanderthals that still think, like the Spanish of 1600 and the French of ...

Organized Labor Split | 07/25/05
 Today the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union announced ...

Spengler Breaks Harry Potter Spell | 07/25/05
 We´ve all learned to love Harry Potter, the teenaged wizard who has taught a generation ...

Hospice Movement Founder Dies | 07/24/05
 Sometimes the important news is not too important. Sometimes it ought to take a back ...

More Confusion over Evolution | 07/22/05
 Frederick Turner returns to the Evolution v. Intelligent Design debate with ...

What's It Really Like in the Academy? | 07/22/05
 We´ve all heard the horror stories about the intellectual left-wing terrorism in the ...

Can't Wait for Single Payer Health Care? | 07/21/05
 As you’d expect, after 60 years Britain’s single payer health care system, ...

Democrat SCOTUS Agenda, Defending Their Benefits | 07/21/05
 Radio host extraordinaire Hugh Hewitt ...

When Men Buy and Sell Women | 07/20/05
 In the regions of China bordering on North Korea men are now buying and selling North ...

Roberts Nomination: Strategery at Work | 07/20/05
 The first reactions to the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court ...

American Buy Hybrids for Power | 07/19/05
 Here in Seattle just about every liberal in the city is driving around contentedly in a ...

Our Pals in India | 07/19/05
 It has taken too long, but now at last the United States and India are getting it on. ...

Religion in Britain. It's There If You Look | 07/18/05
 The British are considered to be irreligious, with both the established Church of England ...

Kenyan: Stop the Aid to Africa! | 07/18/05
 Think for a minute about what aid does to Africa. If you send them free grain then you ...

Guess What? Lefties Need More Campus Speakers | 07/18/05
 And you thought that the only way you could get to speak to America´s college students ...

Slackers at the Office | 07/17/05
 American workers are slackers. We goof off to the tune of “$759 billion a year in ...

Remembering Dorothy Fields | 07/15/05
 Today is July 15, 2005, the centenary of Dorothy Fields. You know her, of course. ...

Thank You Mr. President | 07/15/05
 If you haven´t completely surrendered to the Plame Game, you´ll know that the feds just ...

Understanding Rove & Plame | 07/14/05
 As you lightheartedly skim through important opinion pieces from good conservative ...

Turner on Intelligent Design | 07/14/05
 RMC chappie Frederick Turner wades into the Intelligent ...

Terrorists Born in Britain | 07/13/05
 Now that they know that the 7/7 bombers were native Britons of Pakistani ...

How Much Publicity on Terror is Enough? | 07/13/05
 Some conservatives are outraged that the MSM isn’t devoting enough attention to ...

Breaking the SoSoc Ice Jam | 07/13/05
 It used to be called the Third Rail. That was when Democrats believed that they could ...

The Iraq Connection | 07/12/05
 The central argument against the Iraq invasion has been for some time that Iraq is a ...

Rich Republicans? Not Yet | 07/12/05
 What about that old chestnut that the Republican Party is the party of the rich and ...

In "Eurabia," The Euros will be the Jews | 07/11/05
 The piercing mind of ...

Enthusiastic Christianity? In London? | 07/10/05
 It´s not just Al Qaeda that is taking over in London. At the Dominion Theatre in the ...

What Will the Brits Do Next? | 07/08/05
 Everyone is hanging out the British Union Jack today in solidarity with our ...

Even Saudis Don't Like Saudi Government | 07/08/05
 Those of us that worry about the Saudi monarchy and its extremist Wahhabi ideology have ...

Pitch Perfect Blair on London Terror Blasts | 07/07/05
 On the day that the terror war comes to London Tony Blair hits exactly the right ...

More Money to Fight Aging? | 07/07/05
 The biogerontologists, the scientists of aging, are worried. “Public funding for ...

Go Ahead, Make My Day | 07/06/05
 Everybody agrees that the current battles over judicial nominations are abominable. Why ...

Don't Call Me Redneck | 07/04/05
 Economist and writer ...

Steyn: Send Your Own Fokkin' Money, Sir Bob | 07/04/05
 It´s a little rich for pop star multi-millionaires to demand that rich-nation ...

One in Ten Brit Kids Has Gun | 07/04/05
 In Britain, where guns are illegal, “one in ten teenage schoolboys has carried some ...

A Century of Helping Africa | 07/03/05
 That Charles Dickens was already able to satirize aid to Africa in Bleak House ...

La Donna e Mobile | 07/02/05
 That´s Italian for girls just don´t like to bother their pretty little heads ...

Liberals Want Ideological Quotas on Supreme Court | 07/02/05
 Our beloved American liberals are nothing if not transparent. After introducing us to ...

SCOTUS: Who Will Control the Narrative? | 07/02/05
 With the announcement by ...

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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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