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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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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.


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


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


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


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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