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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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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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