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Daily Blogs for 11/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

James Webb's Class War(2) | 11/30/06
 In his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Democratic Senator-elect ...

Baby-Boomers Break the Budget | 11/30/06
 What will happen as the baby boom generation retires? Will they break the budget and ...

The Boxed-in Democrats | 11/29/06
 When they were in opposition in Congress the Democrats opposed, ferociously. Now they ...

Are The French Toast Yet? | 11/29/06
 Is Europe toast, or merely warming up the toaster? Mark Steyn has advanced the theory ...

RMC Third World Index | 11/27/06
 As you travel around the world how do you tell if you are in a Third World country or ...

Clamber over Angkor Wat, While You Still Can | 11/26/06
 SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA — You haven’t lived until you have seen the gigantic rush ...

Back From The Thai Jungle | 11/24/06
 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND — Out on the marches between Thailand and Myanmar the terrain ...

At The Royal Flora Expo | 11/21/06
 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND — The Royal Flora Expo opened here November 1 in ...

First Impressions of Thailand | 11/20/06
 ON THE ROAD IN THAILAND — It’s the roads, stupid. You drive for mile after ...

Milton Friedman Dead at 94 | 11/17/06
 Back in the 1960s and 1970s there were three high-profile economists in the United ...

Language Does Matter | 11/17/06
 Language, we are taught, is an innate human ability. We have, according to Noam Chomsky, ...

Tsunami Lays Down 600 Ft High Deposit | 11/15/06
 Here’s another reason to stop worrying about global warming, courtesy of The New ...

A Cure for Health Woes | 11/15/06
 OK, so we know that we can fix the education system with a dose of private enterprise. ...

Rudy's Leadership and Newt's Ideas | 11/14/06
 The grave of Republican hopes in 2006 is scarcely filled in, but the hopefuls are lining ...

Pelosi's New Direction for America | 11/14/06
 If you want to know what life will be like under a Democratic Congress, here is an ...

Clinton's Analysis of the Thumpin' | 11/13/06
 Here is how Jeff Jacoby ...

Is Islam Strong or Just Brittle? | 11/13/06
 Some people think that Islam is taking over the world. In America Alone, Mark ...

Let's Get Serious, Say Spy, Blair, and Noonan | 11/10/06
 Now that the Democrats are back it’s Happy Days Are Here Again, right? But ...

Looking Forward | 11/10/06
 It’s too late now, but suppose that Congressional Republicans had followed President ...

Young People Support Civil Rights in Michigan | 11/09/06
 Listen to the people, they say. As they reelected Democrat Governor Granholm and Senator ...

About Those Tough-guy Freshman Democrats | 11/09/06
 What happens when all those freshman Democrats get to Washington. You know, the ones ...

Build An Agenda of Hope(1) | 11/08/06
 Some Republicans are out blaming President Bush, Congressional Republicans, immigration ...

The Day After | 11/08/06
 With at least a gain of 30 seats in the House of Representatives and a gain of 4 to 6 ...

Disaffected Reagan Democrats Call The Tune | 11/07/06
 Remember the old Clinton campaign song? “Don’t Stop Thinking About ...

On Election Day | 11/07/06
 It’s Election Day and pundit ...

Until Conservatives Can Influence Upper-Middle Class Opinion... | 11/06/06
 During the Vietnam War, relates ...

Saddam Gets The Death Penalty | 11/06/06
 You can say that Bush’s War is a disaster. You can say that it has roiled the ...

Who Knew Rick Santorum Was a Nice Guy? | 11/03/06
 Why do I get a feeling of déjà vu about ...

Get Real, America(1) | 11/03/06
 Mad at the Republicans because they haven’t “done enough during their 12 years ...

Liberals Like Race-based Politics | 11/02/06
 In the State of Michigan Jennifer Gratz and “wealthy black Republican” Ward ...

"Call For Action" or "Dodgy Numbers" on Climate Change? | 11/02/06
 Reading the British papers you’d think that it was all over bar shouting. The ...

SUV Sales Up at Ford | 11/01/06
 Earlier this year the media reported that sales of the big truck-based SUVs were going ...

Should We Know How Journalists Vote? | 11/01/06
 Talk show host Hugh Hewitt is making a career of asking MSM journalists the Question. ...

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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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


Faith & Purpose

“When we began first to preach these things, the people appeared as awakened from the sleep of ages—they seemed to see for the first time that they were responsible beings, and that a refusal to use the means appointed was a damning sin.”
Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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