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Daily Blogs for 5/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

The Culture of Violence in Britain | 05/31/06
 We've known for a while that the nostalgically remembered Britain of Bobbies and the ...

Let's Celebrate the World Congress of Families | 05/31/06
 With Google in trouble for skipping observance of Memorial Day—we only do ...

Mixed Reviews on the Paulson Nomination | 05/31/06
 On Monday, May 30, President Bush nominated Henry M. Paulson Jr., CEO of Goldman Sachs, ...

Who Is Stupid Now? | 05/31/06
 Everyone knows that the Democratic Party is the smart party and the Republican Party is ...

To Understand Our Liberal Friends | 05/30/06
 You’ll remember that in the twenty years before the 1960s black poverty declined by ...

English is Like an Ocean Tide | 05/30/06
 A century ago, writes ...

Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish | 05/29/06
 That is a British colloqualism, if you were wondering, and that is what capitalist ...

Pentecostals Experiencing Possibilities and Breakthroughs in Nigeria | 05/29/06
 We hear a lot about the lovely Muslims doing a spot of genocide on the Dinka tribes in ...

On This Memorial Day... | 05/29/06
 As the United States continues its Long War against the axis of petroleum-fueled ...

After Bush and Blair We'll Still Have to Fight Terror | 05/28/06
 With Prime Minister Blair on his way out and President Bush on his way down, some folks ...

SAT Scores Down This Year | 05/28/06
 Colleges are reporting that SAT scores of students are down this year, and ...

Immigration Bill Will Expand Welfare State | 05/26/06
 Some of us are wondering why the United States Senate seems to be in such a hurry to ...

Enron Guys Convicted. How about Fannie Mae? | 05/26/06
 Good. Enron’s crooks, Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, have been convicted in federal ...

Bush and Blair Admit Mistakes! | 05/26/06
 It can’t be a coincidence that the first time that President Bush and Prime Minister ...

Gay Marriage and the "Pure Relationship" | 05/25/06
 What would legalization of gay marriage mean? Is it just a matter of human rights or ...

The Energy Price Calculator | 05/25/06
 Where are energy prices going? Crude oil seems to have come off its highs at $75 per ...

Hot-head McCain Cool At New School | 05/25/06
 United States Senator John McCain may have a reputation as a hot-head. He may be deeply ...

Media Navel-gazing In NY | 05/24/06
 They had a navel-gazing session on new media vs. old media today at the Museum of ...

It's OK to Fib About Global Warming | 05/24/06
 The thing about movements is that the truth tends to get lost in the campaign to tell the ...

It's The Children, Stupid(1) | 05/24/06
 The problem with Old Europe is that it is literally getting old. That’s because the ...

Let's Hear It For Capitalism | 05/23/06
 When your kid comes home from her government school today, she will probably be parroting ...

At Least President Bush is Brave | 05/23/06
 Nobody can tell if President Bush will turn out to be one of our greatest presidents, ...

Government That Just Doesn't Care | 05/23/06
 In the last century the people of the European nations have conducted a great experiment. ...

Irate Homeowners are Attacking Garbage Drivers Over Recycling | 05/22/06
 How long do you think it takes you each week to sort the garbage, toseparate the trash ...

Education is Failing in Britain, Too | 05/22/06
 Back in the mid 1980s the experts decided, in “A Nation at Risk,” that the ...

It's Easy for George McGovern to Praise Wal-Mart and Bash Unions | 05/22/06
 Good old liberal George McGovern can easily afford to ...

Opus Dei: "It is Gruesome" | 05/20/06
 Should Christians emulate the Muslims? Should they tear the place up and burn a few ...

Put a Stake Through Freud's Heart(1) | 05/19/06
 What should we do about Freud to celebrate his 150th birthday? Dig him up and “put ...

Opus Dei Finds Coded Message in Da Vinci Code | 05/19/06
 Dan Brown must be laughing all the way to the bank. His Da Vinci Code has got ...

South Americans Wary of Chavez | 05/18/06
 How dangerous is Venezuelan strongman Hugo Ch├ívez? Everybody is suddenly getting ...

It's the Law and Order, Stupid | 05/18/06
 The boast of Tony Blair’s New Labour Party was “joined-up” government, a ...

On Immigration, Just Keep the Economy Growing | 05/18/06
 So which is it? ...

Bush Signs Tax Cut and Market Falls Out of Bed | 05/17/06
 President Bush signed today the ...

Migration and Mexican Politics | 05/17/06
 What do the Mexicans think of Mexicans emigrating from their homeland to the jobs, jobs, ...

Let's Make a Deal on Immigration | 05/17/06
 Everyone has had their say after President Bush’s so-so speech on Monday. ...

Strong Families Means Small Government | 05/16/06
 As we conservatives mumble around about doing something about the welfare state there are ...

Iran's War on US Costs It a Bundle | 05/16/06
 Ever since the Khomeini revolution in Iran the mullahs have been running a low-grade war ...

Shelby Steele Goes to San Francisco | 05/16/06
 You wouldn’t think that libertarian conservative Shelby Steele would get a fair ...

Tired Bush Not Leading | 05/15/06
 President Bush tonight offered a quick fix to the immigration issue. More border ...

Don't Be Downhearted, Writes Barone | 05/15/06
 If you are a conservative this morning you are probably feeling downhearted. After all ...

Chavez Wows Economic Fundamentalists in London(1) | 05/15/06
 They had a grand old-time revival last week in London. Pastor “Red Ken” ...

"Connect the Dots" but Don't "Collect The Dots" | 05/14/06
 Do you mean to say, Senator Leahy, that you had no idea that the NSA was doing data ...

What's In a Name? | 05/13/06
 The Social Security Adminstration recently announced the most ...

The Man Who Made the New York Times | 05/13/06
 The Man who made the New York Times into the greatest newspaper in the United ...

GOP Extends Tax Cuts; What Have You Done for Me Lately? | 05/12/06
 It’s a start. Yesterday Congress ...

"You Must Suggest an Alternative" -- Lady Thatcher | 05/12/06
 Author and journalist James ...

A Briton Talks About the Erosion of Liberty | 05/11/06
 Although the Brits don’t have a real conservative movement, they do have ...

Now It's Republicans Chasing Soccer Mom Vote | 05/11/06
 Yesterday House Republicans unveiled their “Suburban Agenda,” reports ...

Letter for Letter, Mr. President | 05/11/06
 Most people seem to be bemused or insulted by the letter Iranian President Mahmoud ...

How Could Welfare Reform Have Gone So Right? | 05/10/06
 This year is the tenth anniversary of Welfare Reform, the Republican-passed ...

Republicans Finally Get Serious on Tax Cuts | 05/10/06
 Finally it looks like the Congressional Republicans are doing what we elected them to do. ...

Third Way Democrats Propose "Politics of Opportunity" | 05/10/06
 How is it possible that Americans in opinion polls agree with Democrats but keep voting ...

The Agony of Turning From The Mainstream of Life | 05/09/06
 Christian talk-show host ...

Could Europe's Anti-Semitism Happen Here? | 05/09/06
 Ever since Jews first started immigrating to the United States from Russia a century ago ...

Imagine If Oppressed Blacks Were in Therapy, Says Instawife | 05/09/06
 What does a psychologist think when she encounters the thought of Shelby Steele, author ...

How Badly in Debt Are We? | 05/09/06
 The average US household has a credit card balance of $9,000. That’s what we hear. ...

It's a Good Sign that Manufacturing Jobs are Declining | 05/08/06
 Economics is as “dry as toast” to use the memorable phrase from My Big Fat ...

Is The Global Warm Turning? | 05/08/06
 For years climate scientists have been telling us just what the environmentalists have ...

Billionaire Koch Reads Hayek and Mises | 05/07/06
 He got a PhD at MIT; he inherited Daddy’s company, and now he’s #33 on Forbes ...

Yes, Why Does Freud Matter? | 05/06/06
 To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud, the Wall Street ...

In Politics Luck is Everything | 05/05/06
 Lucky David Cameron led the British Conservative Party to a smashing win this week in the ...

The Importance of Associational Government | 05/05/06
 What is the best way to create a prosperous and free country? Is it through the careful ...

Watch South America Go Down the Tubes | 05/05/06
 While many conservatives are fearful of the resurgence of left-wing dictators in Latin ...

Buckley and Will on Galbraith | 05/04/06
 Why does the death of J.K. Galbraith this week matter? And why are we beating it like a ...

Gen. McCaffrey Reports on Iraq | 05/04/06
 Rumsfeld critic retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey recently visited Iraq and filed a ...

French and Germans Publish Yank-bashing History Text | 05/03/06
 For some time the French and the Germans have felt that they needed to get together to ...

Let's Eliminate The "Dictator Dividend" | 05/03/06
 Washington State’s Senator Maria Cantwell has been in the forefront of demands to ...

National Charter Schools Week | 05/03/06
 Education of our children ought to be simple. It ought to be captured in the simple ...

US Special Forces are Out Kicking Butt in Iraq | 05/02/06
 Is Al Qaeda in trouble? Is it retreating from Iraq? That is what the StrategyPage guys ...

After 5/1, Let's Connect Some Dots | 05/02/06
 After 9/11 our Democratic friends were not too kind to the Bush administration. They ...

White Guilt Goes Global | 05/02/06
 In his two thoughtful books, The Content of Our Character and A Dream ...

Rush Pleads Not Guilty | 05/01/06
 On Friday Rush Limbaugh announced an agreement with the state attorney in Palm Beach ...

Galbraith: Conventional Wisdom for Liberals | 05/01/06
 In his Affluent Society John Kenneth Galbraith, who died Saturday aged 97, coined ...

Orientalist Bernard Lewis at 90 | 05/01/06
 It was Bernard Lewis, a scholar of the Middle East, who wrote the seminal article in 1990 ...



“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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