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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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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


Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


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


Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


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


Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Action

The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


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


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


Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital


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