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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 | 08/23/05
 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 ...



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


“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

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


[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

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

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”


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

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


“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

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

Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


“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

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