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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 ...


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

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“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

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“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

Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


“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

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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