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Monday April 27, 2015 
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Daily Blogs for 8/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

After the Deluge | 08/31/05
 As we get to know more about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the scale of the ...

Death of a Supply-side Salesman | 08/30/05
 There have been many important figures in the rise of the American ...

It Couldn't Happen Here | 08/30/05
 Let us talk about something important. No, not the burning question whether the recent ...

People Want to Work at Wal-Mart | 08/29/05
 Who would want to work at Wal-Mart? That’s the question at the bottom of ...

Good God, Carruthers. A Flat Tax in Germany? | 08/29/05
 Don’t get too excited, old chap. Angela Merkel, head of the German Christian ...

More Points on the Board in Iraq | 08/28/05
 Now that the Iraqi constitution is looking like more than Bush administration wishful ...

After 7/7, Brits are Rediscovering Britishness | 08/26/05
 In the aftermath of 7/7, the Brits are pondering what it means to be British. Even the ...

Will More Money Help? | 08/26/05
 Democrats seem convinced that they don’t have the resources to get their message ...

Now Even Vacations are Wired | 08/25/05
 Progress never solves anything. It only raises the stakes. Reporting from a vacation ...

Spengler on Global Demographics | 08/24/05
 Not surprisingly, liberal academicians have hesitated to investigate the consequences of ...

In the Productivity Explosion, Government is Left Behind | 08/23/05
 In a piece published for India’s Independence Day, ...

What Reenlistment Problem? | 08/23/05
 Back in the spring, the MSM was trumpeting the news that the U.S. Army was way behind ...

March of the Nannies | 08/22/05
 Nannies at the NCAA want to ban the use of tribal names for college teams. But they ...

An Environmental Split-up | 08/21/05
 If the Republicans were as split as the environmentalists are over wind power for Cape ...

Lying and Politics | 08/21/05
 Everybody knows that politicians lie. But there was a time in Britain when the Duke of ...

The Coalition between the Left and Islamic Terror | 08/18/05
 It still seems almost beyond belief: the coalition between the western left and the ...

Legislating The Morality of Health | 08/18/05
 How important is diet and exercise to a healthy life? Everyone knows, of course, that ...

Government Guts Gifted Kids | 08/17/05
 All you need to say about government education is: Why? When the working class of the ...

The Corrupted University | 08/17/05
 One thing about big business. Whenever some CEO steps out of line, the whole ...

Teacher Knows Best at Wal-Mart | 08/16/05
 How will the unions’ new strategy on increased organizing affect you and me? Well, ...

Al Qaeda's Seven Phase Strategy | 08/15/05
 Through analysis of an interview in Der Spiegel ...

Liberals Said It Couldn't Be Done | 08/14/05
 Remember the Carter malaise? Remember 10 percent inflation and 10 percent ...

Many Muslims are on Our Side | 08/12/05
 On the “just how big are they anyway” front, the incomparable ...

Last Union Breakup Led to More Organizing | 08/12/05
 Will the breakup make a difference to the union movement? That the question as the ...

Coverup! Clinton Administration Knew of 9/11 Plot! | 08/12/05
 Our objective friends at the MSM are very busy trumpeting the left-wing fantasies of a ...

What If They Are Stumble-Bums? | 08/11/05
 What is the difference between a bunch of would-be world conquerors who can talk a good ...

Global Warming Convergence | 08/11/05
 Is global warming real? Up to now there had been a difference between surface ...

Welfare in Paris | 08/10/05
 We don’t often get to read about the details of the welfare state in Old Europe ...

Trying to Smoke Out the Lawyers | 08/09/05
 Remember the great lawsuit against Big Tobacco? It was a noble crusade to make the ...

Turtles All The Way Down | 08/09/05
 The summer of ’05 seems to be turning into a good old-fashioned sophomore bull ...

It's Because We are Taking Over the World | 08/08/05
 What could we do, the war critics ask, to deal with Al Qaeda’s demands so ...

Inside the Movement | 08/08/05
 We should have been reading this stuff years ago, but better late than never. The London ...

Jobs Disconnect Continues | 08/05/05
 The increase in non-farm payroll jobs this last month was impressive, at 207,000 new ...

Economy Great, Americans Are Miserable | 08/05/05
 What’s wrong with the Yanks, asks British commentator ...

New Biggies Help Self-employed | 08/04/05
 Everybody knows that the e-businesses like Amazon.com and eBay are revolutionizing the ...

What's the Big Deal About Stem Cells? | 08/04/05
 Ever since Ron Reagan Jr. appealingly promised at the Democratic National Convention in ...

China Converts to Christianity | 08/03/05
 It’s not a story that leads in The New York Times. It’s not an issue ...

Moderate Democrats Put Party over Principle | 08/02/05
 Five years ago a group of moderate Democrats signed onto a declaration of principle on ...

The Power of Ideas against Terror | 08/02/05
 It was 58 years ago that Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Iran’s ...

Judge Obstruction: Now They Tell Us | 08/01/05
 Now they tell us. The Democratic tactic of obstructing judges is hurting them at the ...



“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


“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


“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


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 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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