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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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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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