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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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Action

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


Chappies

“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


Churches

[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

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


Conversion

“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


Education

“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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