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Daily Blogs for 9/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Nuclear Power Could Save the Planet | 09/30/05
 As we all know, our American liberals see themselves as the “reality-based” ...

Liberal Guru Dies. Who Knew? | 09/29/05
 M. Scott Peck, author of perennial bestseller The Road Less Traveled, died on ...

Ballroom Dancing? At College? | 09/28/05
 Half a century after rock-and-roll ate pairs dancing for lunch, it looks like ballroom ...

The University: Sickness Unto Death | 09/28/05
 It’s university week as various opinion media trot out their annual state of the ...

After the Left University, What Then? | 09/27/05
 In an important article in The Weekly Standard, James Piereson, longtime director ...

"Nobody Screws With Me" | 09/26/05
 Everybody is worrying about the decline of male participation in the university. At ...

Cherie Blair's Royal Progress | 09/24/05
 The personal is the political, they say. Whatever that may mean, we certainly like to ...

China and Japan Confront Each Other | 09/23/05
 Those of us that expect a world ruled by China in 2050 often worry about a coming ...

Why Democrats are so Obstructionist | 09/22/05
 Congressional Republicans are puzzled by the intransigent opposition and ...

Simon Wiesenthal, RIP | 09/21/05
 The great achievements of the life of Simon Wiesenthal are well known: how he set up a ...

"Don't Get Stuck on Stupid, Reporters" | 09/21/05
 Conservatives are rolling in the aisles this morning chuckling about LtGen Honore’s ...

They are Closing the Hospitals in Britain | 09/20/05
 When I read James Bartholomew’s book ...

China's Emerging Middle Class | 09/20/05
 When we can take a moment from the delicious pleasure of bashing the other guys on the ...

One Small Step for Academic Freedom | 09/19/05
 Last week Ohio state universities took a small step towards academic freedom for their ...

Germans in a Funk | 09/19/05
 The German voters spoke ...

Blair Dumps Kyoto | 09/17/05
 Whose side is British Prime Minister Tony Blair on? For years he’s been toeing the ...

San Francisco Earthquake was Worse | 09/16/05
 Was Hurricane Katrina the worst national disaster ever? According ...

Hero of the Hurricane: Wal-Mart | 09/15/05
 Out of the miasma of blame and media bias in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one American ...

Nursing Home Owners Overwhelmed | 09/14/05
 The august New York Times kindly forgave the state and local governments in ...

Leaving the Poor Behind | 09/13/05
 Critics of the president are shocked that in the evacuation of New Orleans before ...

More Liberal Brainwashing at the University | 09/12/05
 The stories keep trickling out. About the astonishing culture of liberal postmodernism ...

Can Blogs Challenge the MSM on Katrina? | 09/12/05
 Sunday headline in The New York Times: “Federal Authorities Hesitated ...

The Meaning of New Orleans | 09/09/05
 What is the meaning of Hurricane Katrina? That is the big question as we move from the ...

Sticking up for Price Gougers | 09/08/05
 The first thing that the media and camera-hungry politicians look for after a ...

Get Your Education Myths Here | 09/07/05
 We all know a lot about schools. We know they are underfunded. We know that teachers ...

Guardian Leftie Bails on Schroeder | 09/07/05
 You’d think that the chaps at Britain’s lefty Guardian would love German ...

Parents Saving Their Children | 09/06/05
 As everyone continues with the delicious pleasure of the blame game, it is well to remind ...

The Welfare State in Action | 09/05/05
 What happened in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina was not a natural disaster, writes ...

Allan Bloom Was On Our Side, Claims Liberal | 09/05/05
 Who would have thought that the man that liberals sneered at for his best-selling The ...

The Battle of New Orleans | 09/04/05
 Updated from the war of 1812 to the present era. (After lyrics by Jimmy Driftwood, sung ...

The 2008 Fix is In | 09/04/05
 What fools we were to think that George W. Bush was an imbecile. It is all so clear now. ...

Children of Nature in the Midst of Civilization | 09/02/05
 How is it possible? After 160 years of public education, fifty years of social service ...

The Blame Game Begins | 09/01/05
 As the Democrats crank up the blame game, citing a planned “cut” in the budget ...

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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


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


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


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


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


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.


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


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


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