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Daily Blogs for 1/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Take the Kossies Out to the Woodshed | 01/31/06
 Look, I don’t have a dog in this fight, but what exactly was the point of the ...

God is Love says German Pope | 01/30/06
 First we had a Polish pope who told the people of Eastern Europe “Be Not ...

Mozarts Geburtstag: Amateurs Playing Mozart | 01/27/06
 Everyone is doing their Mozart piece today, the 250th anniversary of his birth. The ...

Chicago to Wal-Mart: We Dont Need Your Stinkin' Jobs | 01/27/06
 Everyone agrees that Democrats are on the side of the little guy. Without Democrats and ...

Peggy Noonan Worries About the Short Term | 01/26/06
 In her regular Thursday column, ...

Boys and Books and Marriage and Abuse | 01/25/06
 In the past week we’ve seen The New Republic worry about ...

Joel Stein Doesn't Get It | 01/25/06
 Everybody is having a grand old time with young ...

Not Your Father's Economy | 01/24/06
 What is going on with the nation’s economy? Now that the era of motors and steel is ...

NYT: Bush Reads Books! But... | 01/23/06
 We all know that President Bush is an ignoramus. So when it is reported that the First ...

Did Hillary Blunder on Race? | 01/23/06
 Hillary Clinton made a great gift to the nation when her absurd Hillarycare went down in ...

Hybrid Tax Cuts for Rich Liberals | 01/20/06
 It isn’t enough that liberals make out like bandits working for the government ...

Do Not Expect School Choice, Ever, From Left | 01/20/06
 The movement to roll back the government education monopoly has received a check recently ...

The Next Generation of Fatherless Boys | 01/19/06
 It isn’t much fun, but someone has to report on the pestilence unleashed by the ...

The Index of Economic Freedom 2006(2) | 01/18/06
 What’s the best way to turn a poor nation into a rich nation? ...

Birgit Nilsson Dies: End of an Era | 01/17/06
 She died on Christmas Day 2005, aged 87, in the village in southern Sweden where she was ...

Abused Girl Doesn't Make Good: Government Child Protective Services AWOL | 01/17/06
 Sorry about that, old chap. Could have happened to anyone. Not our fault. That seems ...

Abused Girl Makes Good Despite Failure of Child Protective Services(3) | 01/16/06
 British barrister Constance Briscoe is a poster child for the meritocratic society. ...

The End of the Bork Era | 01/13/06
 Nineteen years ago, Senator Edward Kennedy rushed onto the floor of the United States ...

Democrats Smear Alito: What's the Point? | 01/12/06
 Why do they do it? Why are national politicians like Senators Kennedy and Schumer ...

The Global Problem of the Natural Resource States | 01/11/06
 There is a difference between a state like the United States and a state like Saudi ...

Lefty Professors Don't Get It | 01/10/06
 While the pontificators are pontificating for the cameras at the Alito nomination ...

Sam Alito: Independent Jurist or Conservative Extremist? | 01/09/06
 It is Monday morning, and the Democrats are threatening filibuster, according to ...

Naomi Wolf: She admits she was wrong | 01/09/06
 God bless Naomi ...

What is Our Mideast Strategy? | 01/06/06
 Democrats have been complaining for years that the US went into Iraq without a plan for ...

NYT Brides Stay Home with Babies | 01/05/06
 What do women want? It’s a question that men have puzzled over since the dawn of ...

Evangelicals are Different: They Give More Money | 01/04/06
 One of the reasons that Americans give so much to charity compared to others is that a ...

Success in 2005: an Iranian View | 01/03/06
 Whether or not Iran (the name means land of the Aryans) and the Iranian people are the ...

A New Year: Why We Fight | 01/02/06
 Why not start out the new year with a good dose of Why We Fight from ...

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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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