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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? | 05/30/06
 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 | 05/27/06
 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 | 05/12/06
 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? | 05/08/06
 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? | 05/07/06
 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 ...



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


“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

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


[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

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

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”


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

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


“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

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

Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


“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

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