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Daily Blogs for 12/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

2006: How Many Unsung Heroes Died? | 12/31/06
 The year 2006 saw the deaths of many famous people, from Robert Altman to Al Zarqawi, as ...

Just Don't Say the M-word | 12/29/06
 American-in-London ...

David Cameron Exposes "Breakdown Britain" | 12/29/06
 For over a year people in Britain have been wondering if the new leader of the ...

Mr Populist wants Privilege and Subsidy | 12/28/06
 Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been getting nice coverage as moderates, ...

To Help The Poor | 12/28/06
 We are far too severe on good honest chaps like Ebenezer Scrooge who refuse to celebrate ...

How Certain Are You? | 12/27/06
 The forces of ant-religious bigotry have been developing a nice little meme lately about ...

Gerald Ford, RIP | 12/27/06
 President Gerald Ford, who died December 26, represented the minority Republican Party of ...

The Popeye Moment on Single-Parent Families | 12/26/06
 And while we are at it, let’s get serious about single-parent families. As the ...

Is Racism a Fact or a Faith? | 12/26/06
 Let’s talk about racism. Well, it’s the day after Christmas, and time to take ...

Fonz Moves In On British "Panto" | 12/22/06
 If it’s Christmas it must be time for “panto,” the deliciously vulgar ...

Tis The Season(1) | 12/22/06
 It’s the season, and time for a cheery round of carols under the Christmas ...

The Peace Party vs. The Power Party(2) | 12/22/06
 For some time many people have defined the main political division in the United States ...

Skills Commission Wants to Centralize Education | 12/21/06
 The New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce has issued a report on the ...

President Bush Wants To Compromise | 12/21/06
 President Bush says he’s all in favor of working with Democrats in the new Congress. ...

Of Course Blogs are Boring and Predictable... | 12/20/06
 What exactly was the point of ...

Watch Your Wallet Says Pete Du Pont(1) | 12/20/06
 Wondering what the new Congress will mean? ...

The Child of a Sperm Donor(1) | 12/19/06
 Suppose you decided that you wanted a child and you got yourself inseminated by anonymous ...

The Widening Middle Eastern War(1) | 12/19/06
 Jordan’s King Abdullah recently warned of three developing civil wars in the Middle ...

Middle Class Muscle in South China | 12/18/06
 Everybody wonders what is going to happen in China. Will it reform out of its Communist ...

It's The Anti-Semitic Violence That's The Problem | 12/18/06
 In Britain right now, one in 400 Jews is likely to be the victim of a ...

After The Great Seattle Windstorm(1) | 12/15/06
 The Great Seattle Windstorm is now just a memory. But this morning it was kind of a mess ...

So Bush Created a Catastrophe | 12/15/06
 We are at an inflection point in the War on Terror. Three years of effort to produce ...

The Lessons of Pinochet | 12/14/06
 Former President Auguste Pinochet of Chile, who died last week, was a dictator who ...

The Great Sexual Taboo | 12/14/06
 It’s the great taboo of our time. It’s eating away at half the population. ...

Oh House! Not Another Anti-hero | 12/13/06
 Oh no! Last night on Fox Dr. Gregory House just decided to cop a plea on his forging of ...

God Bless the Secular Fundamentalists(2) | 12/13/06
 Did you know that we live in an age when the achievements of science and technology are ...

The Hydra-headed Diversity Monster | 12/12/06
 Maybe it would help if the United States Supreme Court would make up its mind one way or ...

Home Mortgage Market: Crash or Bounce? | 12/12/06
 Perhaps the most radical change in the financial markets in the last generation has been ...

Bush Pulls Iraqi Puppet-strings | 12/11/06
 Is this the light at the end of the tunnel, or too little too late? The New York ...

Auguste Pinochet, Chile's Departed Embarrassment | 12/11/06
 Who was Auguste Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile who died last week? Was he a ...

Men Are Funnier Than Women. Discuss(1) | 12/08/06
 Why are men funnier than women? ...

Jean Kirkpatrick, Great American | 12/08/06
 As you would expect, when the Associated Press announced the news of the death of ...

The Education Solution is Privatization | 12/07/06
 In case you haven’t noticed, the Brits are having a little firestorm about the ...

More Iraq Study Needed | 12/07/06
 What is it exactly that the ...

The Working Poor Are Different From You and Me | 12/06/06
 It’s pretty sobering, isn’t it, to read that the most charitable people in the ...

Suppose There Was a Government Apple Industry | 12/06/06
 Imagine this, writes ...

Bush Nominates a Theocratic Abstinence Advocate | 12/05/06
 Oh no, the theocrats in the Bush administration have nominated an abstinence advocate to ...

Honor Friedman With Choice in Education and Health Care | 12/05/06
 As we mourn the passing of Milton Friedman, American hero, we must painfully recognize ...

Single Parenthood is Dangerous for Children | 12/05/06
 We educated Americans can afford to screw up. We have skills and we have backup. But ...

Education Choice is Working | 12/04/06
 It’s a neverending task. To demonstrate again and again that choice works in ...

Giza Pyramids Made of Concrete? | 12/01/06
 I know, it sounds so low rent. Surely the pharaohs that built the pyramids at Giza in ...

Steven Pinker is Half-Right on Education | 12/01/06
 Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker is a standout contributor to our national ...

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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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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