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Daily Blogs for 3/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Should Blacks Join the Culture War? | 03/31/06
 The Urban League just issued its annual “State of Black America.” The state, ...

On Immigration The Issue is Inhumanity says Liberal | 03/31/06
 The brilliant columnist to the world, Mark ...

Bush and Truman: Incompetent Boobs | 03/30/06
 One thing seems to be a constant. Our educated elites don’t like bold, decisive ...

Teach Immigrants to Love America | 03/30/06
 We teach immigrants to become cultural Americans. We teach them to become economic ...

What the French Students are Saying | 03/30/06
 Suppose you had been watching the French riots on your TV. Which ones, you ask? They do ...

Now It's College Graduates That Can't Write | 03/29/06
 Here in the United States colleges have complained for years about students who need to ...

Will Immigration Really Hurt Republicans? | 03/29/06
 Every time Washington DC is consumed by a controversial national issue, there seems to be ...

Hispanic Media Organized Protests | 03/29/06
 So now we know. About a week later. The apparently spontaneous marches and ...

NBC: News Before Context | 03/28/06
 Yesterday, if you were a conservative blogreader you would have read ...

The Cranes are Flying in Eckert, CO | 03/27/06
 Enough of politics. Let’s return to the important stuff, the cycle of generation. ...

Can Iraqis Stop the Revenge Killing? | 03/27/06
 Let’s change the subject in Iraq. According to ...

Saturday French-bashing | 03/25/06
 It’s been a rough week in France. First of all, the French are determined to teach ...

Saving American Lives in Iraq | 03/24/06
 It’s an untold story. And the mainstream media isn’t telling it. According to ...

Manliness and Iraq | 03/24/06
 As we have seen here at Road ...

Is It Civil War Yet? | 03/24/06
 Here at Road to the Middle ...

Andrew Young Shills for Wal-Mart! | 03/23/06
 Another Wal-Mart nightmare. Famed civil-rights activist Andrew Young has gone over to ...

Wal-Mart to Sell Sushi | 03/23/06
 As if Wal-Mart didn’t have enough on its plate, what with every sushi-loving liberal ...

School Choice Advocate Offers Steak Dinner | 03/23/06
 Are you an opponent of school choice? Do you know in your bones that taking money away ...

Imagine a News Media That's Customer Focused and Market Driven | 03/22/06
 Will there be newspapers in 2010? People are beginning to wonder. Instapundit ...

Study: Whiny Kids Turn into Conservative Adults | 03/22/06
 It just confirms the suspicion that every liberal has had since childhood. Remember ...

School Choice: What are They Afraid Of? | 03/22/06
 Libertarian ABC journalist ...

Chavez Will End in Tears | 03/21/06
 What are we going to do about President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela? ...

NYT and WaPo Vote Against "Manliness" | 03/21/06
 Anyone for Manliness? No thanks, old chap, say the book reviewers at The New York ...

Stupid Left Tricks | 03/21/06
 Which is worse? To have journalists jump down your throat every time you say something ...

The Vision of Hope for Iraq | 03/20/06
 On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, blogger Mohammed of ...

Nancy Pelosi Champion of Free Enterprise | 03/20/06
 When they passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to stop the Enron debacle from ever happening ...

Dems Seek Votes from Singles | 03/20/06
 Everybody knows that the Republican Party is the party of white, religious, married ...

Crunch Time in Iraq | 03/19/06
 Most great battles seem in retrospect to have been forordained. But Waterloo was ...

Fifty Years of the Shipping Container | 03/18/06
 In case you forgot, this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the shipping ...

Tony Blair and the Twilight of the Third Way | 03/17/06
 Remember the Hosannas when the Third Way rode into town in the 1990s? How the media ...

Wearing o' the Green | 03/17/06
 While we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, let us not forget to celebrate the Irish ...

Negotiations with Iran: What's Up? | 03/17/06
 What is going on? In The New York Times ...

Iraq: Two Views | 03/16/06
 It is now three years since the invasion of Iraq. What was the point, and what have we ...

Teachers' Unions Say the Darndest Things | 03/16/06
 A couple of weeks ago ABC’s house libertarian ...

You Can't Do That, Say Educrats | 03/16/06
 The provost of King’s College in New York City just couldn’t take it any more. ...

Playing the Impeachment Card | 03/16/06
 Republicans learned an important lesson in 1998. Americans don’t want their ...

The Problem of Incapacitated Heads of State | 03/15/06
 What do we do if the President is incapacitated? Or a drunk, or a ...

A View of the War on Terror | 03/15/06
 How well do we understand the war on terror? How well are we doing? What is it we are ...

Health Care is a Right, as They Say | 03/14/06
 We know how goverment monopoly health care works in Canada, because we got a look with ...

Handicapping Election 2006 | 03/14/06
 It will take a gain of 15 seats for the Democrats to take control of the House of ...

A Look Inside Iran | 03/14/06
 Here’s an interesting look inside Iran. The Iranian establishment is increasingly ...

The Outlook for Energy(1) | 03/13/06
 Ever since Col. Drake discovered oil in Pennsylvania back in 1859 people have been ...

It's Not A Gender Gap but a Marriage Gap | 03/13/06
 For a generation Democrats have been selling the idea of a gender gap, the idea that more ...

Laffer Curve vs. Phillips Curve | 03/13/06
 There’s one thing about economic guru ...

Labor Shortage Reported in China | 03/11/06
 Here is astonishing news from China. In Shenzhen in south China, they have got ...

Dangerous Crime Family Uncovered in Britain | 03/11/06
 Enough of the frivolity, this is serious. Columnist ...

Reproductive Rights for Men | 03/10/06
 OK girls, what price Roe v. Wade now? A father has just sued to avoid paying ...

The Sensible Man's Global Warming Policy | 03/10/06
 Now that Kyoto is dead and the president’s “so-called ‘Asia-Pacific ...

The Real Issue on Aborted Dubai Deal | 03/10/06
 The awful spectacle of the Republican Party scuttling to the right of the Democrats on ...

In Britain, Forget About the Social Safety Net | 03/09/06
 The big idea of the welfare state is its safety net. In the old days, we all know, ...

Liberals Shocked, Shocked at Spring Break Bacchanalia | 03/09/06
 Back in the day, when liberals were young, they were advising young people to turn on, ...

Harvard Heading for Toilet | 03/08/06
 Many of us hoped that the fall of Larry Summers would not mean the end of Harvard ...

Of course It's a Civil War | 03/08/06
 In the wake of the bombing of the Shia temple in Samarra, the MSM is polling the American ...

Dealing with Guilt, Envy, and Indignation | 03/07/06
 The big problem we face in the modern era is dealing with guilt, envy, and ...

Let's Break Some Taboos, Hollywood! | 03/06/06
 So Hollywood is getting braver, according to actor George Clooney. He means, one ...

No Longer Treated Like a Lady | 03/03/06
 One of the nasty little consequences of 9/11 is that women find that they are getting ...

Patriarchy the Only Answer(1) | 03/02/06
 For a generation and more we have been told that the patriarchy is the beginning and the ...

Charter Schools Thrive in Minneapolis: World Doesn't Come To End | 03/02/06
 The big obstacle to school choice is fear. It’s the fear that everyone will flee ...

Telling the Story of America's Economic Success | 03/01/06
 Today, twenty years after it became obvious that Ronald Reagan’s economic policy of ...


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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