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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 | 10/16/06
 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. ...


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


[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


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”


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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