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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 ...


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


“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


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


“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


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


[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


“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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