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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 ...



“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

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

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“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

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


“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


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

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

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

Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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

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

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