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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 ...

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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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