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Daily Blogs for 2/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Senator Clinton Worries Vouchers Could Lead to Jihad Academies | 02/28/06
 If you were national Democratic politician and a bribed apologist for the teachers’ ...

Islamists Don't Do Patents | 02/28/06
 It’s all very well to worry about the Islamists taking over the world, and resetting ...

McCain Flip-flops on Taxes. So Far So Good | 02/27/06
 Good. John McCain has voted to extend the president’s key investment tax cuts, the ...

Babies, Houses, and Babies | 02/26/06
 On Saturday I went to a fringe theater on the last day of the run of DOB, a play ...

Supply Side Economics Drives Brazilians into Formal Sector | 02/26/06
 A big problem in emerging economies is the informal employment sector, the people camping ...

Is This Iraq's Tipping Point? | 02/24/06
 Let us assume, for a moment, that the bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra was the ...

Happiness is a Serious Business | 02/23/06
 Conservative columnist ...

Dueling Marriage Quizzes | 02/23/06
 In Sunday’s The New York Times non-traditional relationships advocate ...

Harriet Miers Goes to Sea | 02/22/06
 Some months ago Peggy Noonan warned that, at this stage of an administration, the White ...

Harvard Faculty to Larry Summers: You're Outta Here! | 02/21/06
 So that’s it. Lawrence Summers is to step down at the end of the academic year as ...

What If..."Catholics Riot over Da Vinci Code" | 02/21/06
 We all seem to take for granted that millions of Muslims all over the world naturally ...

National Savings Down, But National Wealth Up. Explain | 02/20/06
 Last year the US savings rate was the lowest since the Great Depression, according to the ...

WSJ Sneers at Newt | 02/19/06
 First Newt Gingrich was a dangerous “bombthrower.” Then he was the bombastic ...

Islamic World Choosing Segregation from West | 02/17/06
 When African Americans first started entering selective colleges in significant numbers ...

After Cheney Tantrum Is MSM Still Relevant? | 02/16/06
 Will the Bush Administration get away with stiff-arming the Mainstream Media over the ...

A Small Step for Dynamic Tax Analysis | 02/15/06
 President Bush has budgeted “an additional $513,000 for the Treasury ...

Hugh Hewitt Demolishes Jonathan Chait(1) | 02/14/06
 On Monday, talk show host Hugh Hewitt ...

What Do Muslims Really Think? | 02/13/06
 President Bush has implemented a policy of bringing democracy to the Middle East. But, ...

A Moderate Muslim Speaks. And How | 02/12/06
 Have you been waiting for a moderate Muslim to speak out on the Cartoon Wars? Look no ...

Can Compassionate Conservatism Win in Britain? | 02/10/06
 George W. Bush ran for president in 2000 as a “compassionate conservative.” ...

Low Fat is Out -- Government Study(1) | 02/09/06
 In the largest study ever conducted into the efficacy of low-fat dieting the result is ...

Go Ahead Democrats. Insult the President Why Don't You | 02/08/06
 Here’s how the ...

Global Cooling on the Way | 02/07/06
 Russian scientist Khabibullo ...

Ask a Tough Question of a Senator... | 02/07/06
 As we all know, it is the objective news journalists who ask the tough questions. We ...

Don't Be Victims, Muslims! | 02/06/06
 It is dispiriting to see how weak-kneed the liberals are about the Muslim rioting. Let a ...

Why The Economy is Doing Better Than You Think | 02/06/06
 Wonder why the US dollar manages to defy gravity with the twin deficits, the federal ...

Ready for Polyamory Yet?(2) | 02/03/06
 Same sex marriage, polygamy, polyamory. What are the liberals up to? For some time ...

What About The Democrats? | 02/02/06
 Everyone is counting out the Democrats this week after their defeat in the Battle of the ...

Twas a Famous Victory | 02/01/06
 Republicans enjoyed a well-earned victory lap last night, giving President Bush a manly ...

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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


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


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


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


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


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”


Conservatism

Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


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


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


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


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


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


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