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Daily Blogs for 10/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

What's a Kerry? | 10/31/06
 A political gaffe, we know, is when a politician inadvertently tells the truth. So ...

Bureaucracy Comes Before Kids' Reading | 10/31/06
 For over a century the education establishment has pushed the idea of “whole ...

Why Won't They Tell Us? | 10/30/06
 Week in and week out Hugh Hewitt has MSM types on his program and he asks them about ...

The Party of the Rich | 10/30/06
 We all know that the Democratic Party is the party of privilege. That is to say, ...

The Stem Cell Flap | 10/27/06
 Ever since they ginned up Ron Reagan to make a speech on stem cell research at the 2004 ...

The Paglia Interview | 10/27/06
 She thinks the Foley trick was a disaster; she listens to talk radio; and she thinks the ...

The Decline of the Public Library | 10/26/06
 Here in Seattle we have just finished spending hundreds of millions of dollars rebuilding ...

What is Going On in Iraq? Part II | 10/26/06
 What is going on in Iraq? President Bush isn’t saying. That has to be the ...

What is Going On in Iraq? | 10/25/06
 Just what exactly is going on in Iraq? Is it civil war? If not, just what is ...

The Real Culture of Corruption | 10/24/06
 Conservatives have wonderful ideas—for education, for health care, and for income ...

The Ebb and Flow of Politics | 10/24/06
 At two weeks to go before the 2006 mid-term elections everyone is agreed that... well it ...

Mark Steyn and the 300 Millionth American | 10/23/06
 Maybe we conservatives are living in a dream world. While we are worrying about the ...

Rees-Mogg on Ralph Harris | 10/23/06
 The talent of a great journalist is to bring together all the detritus of the world, like ...

Don't Blame MSM For Gloom and Doom | 10/20/06
 If you wonder why the mainstream media isn’t shooting off the fireworks about a ...

Ralph Harris, Architect of Thatcherism | 10/20/06
 They are dying off, one by one. The great lions of the conservative renaissance, the men ...

A Horror Story from the Affirmative Action Front(1) | 10/19/06
 Our friends in the mainstream media love a human interest story. They love to put up a ...

The Gathering Storm of Extremism in Europe | 10/19/06
 As Mark Steyn’s new ...

They Fined Newt Gingrich For Teaching a College Course | 10/18/06
 Yeah! Remember when they gang-tackled Newt for—get this—teaching a college ...

How About That Precautionary Principle Now? | 10/18/06
 Some years ago environmentalists set up the Precautionary Principle as a dodge to stop ...

Sunnis Worry About Shi'ite Power | 10/17/06
 Back in the first Bush Administration I remember a Bush administration official ...

Racial Discrimination at the University of Michigan | 10/17/06
 In Michigan this November the voters are deciding whether to pass the ...

The Long Tail in Education | 10/17/06
 Back in the nineteenth century education reformer Horace Mann promised that centralized, ...

A Tale of Two States | 10/16/06
 In Florida, it is the best of times for Republicans. In Ohio, it is the worst of ...

Conservatives Must Hang Together | 10/16/06
 At the end of the Bush administration and after 12 years of Republican Congresses the ...

What It Means to be a Liberal | 10/13/06
 University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone laments that the word ...

Peggy Noonan: Left Lacks Grace | 10/13/06
 Today, on Friday 13th, America’s Mom ...

Progessives Tire of White Working Class | 10/12/06
 In Britain as in the United States the progressives have gone sour on the white working ...

Federal Deficit Cut in Half | 10/12/06
 Of course Democrats are not impressed, according to ...

Dems Deathbed Conversion to Missile Defense | 10/11/06
 Twenty years ago Democrats poured scorn on President Reagan’s Strategic Defense ...

Has Bush "Squandered the Political Authority of a Great Country?" | 10/11/06
 It used to be, writes ...

Put North Korea on China's Back | 10/10/06
 So the North Koreans either did or did not successfully explode a nuclear device last ...

How To Make Our Schools Safe | 10/10/06
 What do we do about the school shootings? Ban handguns? Make schools into secure zones ...

$20 Tickets at the Met | 10/09/06
 Earth to Metropolitan Opera! Your audience is dying off! Seriously though, the new ...

Big Families: Here They Come | 10/09/06
 Give this trend another year, and it will be on the cover of Time. You know ...

Kudlow on Hastert | 10/06/06
 Never mind about Denny Hastert’s handling of the Foley incident, writes ...

Feeding the Underclass in Britain | 10/05/06
 Last week in Brixton, an eternally rough section of London, two teenagers were shot as ...

It's All About Iran | 10/05/06
 I’ve said again and again that if you want to understand what the United States is ...

How About the 2008 Election? | 10/04/06
 Enough of the Foley kerfuffle. Let’s talk presidential politics for 2008 and the ...

Do The Right Thing | 10/04/06
 I agree with ...

Rumsfeld vs. Rice on Iraq(1) | 10/03/06
 We’re going to win in Iraq, says President Bush. But what does that ...

Page Storm Reaches Hurricane Force | 10/03/06
 Could Republicans lose control of Congress over an instant message? If they do, it would ...

Why Democrats Prefer Scandal to SoSec Reform | 10/02/06
 You gotta admit it. The Democrats know how to expose and coordinate embarrassing ...

Fox News: Libs Still Don't Get It | 10/02/06
 Fox News is ten years old this week, and the liberals still don’t get it. ...

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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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