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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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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


Sacrifice

[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


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


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”


Pentecostalism

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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