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Daily Blogs for 6/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Ninety Years After the Somme | 06/30/06
 July 1, 2006 is the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the Big Push that cost ...

Preserving The Trust Network | 06/30/06
 One thing is for sure. Democrats don’t trust Republicans. And conservatives ...

Why Mexico Has an Emigration Problem | 06/30/06
 The United States has an immigration problem. Actually, of course, the US has always had ...

Worse Before It Gets Better | 06/29/06
 Today conservatives are angry about the New York Times, angry about the Supreme ...

Getting Snobbish in Tuscany | 06/29/06
 Suppose you bought a house in Tuscany. Then what? Then the problem would be to move ...

Rep. King Wants to Shine Light on College Admissions | 06/29/06
 If you search for: Racial and Ethnic Preference Disclosure Act on the New York ...

Brit Chicks Want More Time With Children | 06/28/06
 In the US there is a swelling movement of women who are wondering if career and children ...

Nicholas Wade's Updated Genesis | 06/28/06
 This week I am reading Nicholas Wade’s ...

If AMLO Wins in Mexico | 06/28/06
 The reason that the US has an immigration problem is that Mexico’s economy stinks. ...

Blair's Swansong: Third Way Just Hype | 06/27/06
 Clintonian Third Way politics came to an end in 2000. Now the Third Way politics of Tony ...

NYT: Put a Sunshade in Orbit | 06/27/06
 Last week an Academy of Sciences ...

Warren Buffett Plans to Dodge the Death Tax | 06/27/06
 Everyone is oo-ing and ah-ing about Warren Buffett’s noble decision to give his ...

All In A Day's Work to Betray Intelligence Assets | 06/26/06
 The declassification by the New York Times of the secret US program to monitor ...

Horowitz and the True Believer | 06/26/06
 Activist David Horowitz is in the middle of a campaign to take the universities back from ...

Jay Cost: It's Still Hard For Dems to Win in 2006 | 06/26/06
 Budding political scientist ...

Liberals Don't Think Laws on Race Apply To Them | 06/25/06
 The trouble is that you know that nothing good is going to come of this. Columnist ...

Liberals Don't Think Laws on Race Apply To Them | 06/25/06
 The trouble is that you know that nothing good is going to come of this. Columnist ...

Treating The Kos-ites as Mainstream | 06/25/06
 Back during the Vietnam War the liberal media treated the anti-war movement as mainstream ...

To The Trans-National Elite the Nation State is a Dirty Word(1) | 06/23/06
 Remember this. The folks at the New York Times really don’t buy into all ...

Education Myths | 06/23/06
 Do you believe in myths? Of course you do. Everyone does. Especially if you define ...

Are You Boring or Bonkers? | 06/23/06
 Which would you rather be? Boring or bonkers? According to ...

School Choice, Inch by Inch | 06/22/06
 There are three million children in America condemned to attending failed schools. ...

Brits Look Through "Broken Windows" | 06/22/06
 Remember “Broken Windows” policing? That’s the approach to policing ...

Republicans and Race | 06/22/06
 Our national schizophrenia about race is never so blatant than when a columnist wonders ...

World Community Joins US on Missile Defense | 06/21/06
 All right-minded people are strongly opposed to rogue states like North Korea and Iran ...

Dartmouth Moves the Goal Posts | 06/21/06
 Well, you had to expect it. After three dissident candidates got themselves on the ...

The Germans Get To Cheer Again | 06/21/06
 Sixty years after the devastation of 1945, the Germans are ...

Why Do They Still Hate Thatcher?(1) | 06/20/06
 Back in the 1980s my British cousin used to sport a sign on her house: “Thatcher the ...

Everyone Wants Infrastructure, But... | 06/20/06
 We all want road and bridges and hospitals, but after a century of the welfare state we ...

The Impact of Genetic Science | 06/20/06
 How will the great welfare state power structure come crashing down? Conservatives like ...

Episcopal Schism Ahead | 06/19/06
 Naturally everyone is worried about the prospect for schism in the Anglican Communion. ...

Raise Minimum Wage, but Cut Corporate Taxes | 06/19/06
 What kind of election is shaping up this November? ...

Conservatives and Progressivism | 06/18/06
 Two conservative writers this past week addressed what I consider to be ...

Jews' 350 Years In Britain | 06/16/06
 It was Edward I who expelled the Jews from Britain in 1290. And it was in 1656 that ...

Let The Palestinians Show Their Stuff | 06/16/06
 A lot of people are worried about Israel’s “retreat” from Gaza and now, ...

Why Are the Childless So Angry? | 06/16/06
 Are you worried about the epidemic of childlessness among the educated elites of Europe ...

Sneaking School Choice into New Orleans | 06/15/06
 While our soldiers battle away on the frontiers of freedom in Iraq, it is easy to forget ...

The Whole Foods Guy on Business, Freedom, and Life(1) | 06/15/06
 A couple of years ago the founder of Whole Foods gave a speech at FreedomFest in Las ...

The End of the World is Not Yet | 06/14/06
 Every religion has its story of the end times, and accommodates the human need for ...

Progressives in Trouble on Terror | 06/14/06
 The progressives of the world are united in their opposition to the war in Iraq, which ...

President Bush Flips the Bird | 06/14/06
 The problem that all we pajama-clad commentators share is simple. We don’t have a ...

E.J. Wants a New New Deal | 06/13/06
 You can rely on columnist ...

Leave Wal-Mart Alone, Says Poll | 06/13/06
 Stop bashing Wal-Mart, Democrats, if you want to win elections. That’s the message ...

How to Play "Wheel of Fortune" | 06/12/06
 No one can doubt that, at the center of the astonishing economy of the United States is ...

Eclipse 500 VLJ Nears Certification | 06/12/06
 Get ready for jet air taxis. Eclipse Aviation is getting close to FAA certification for ...

Democratic Message Out This Week | 06/12/06
 Democrats are presenting their national message for the fall elections this week, ...

"The Fact Is, It Is Tax" | 06/11/06
 Years ago, back in the 1960s, veteran British journalist ...

GOP Not Dead Yet | 06/09/06
 This weekend ...

Cal Voters Don't Want More Programs | 06/09/06
 Never mind about Cal-50, the special election that Republicans won in California last ...

Strategery After Zarqawi | 06/09/06
 With Zarqawi dead the pundits are all looking ahead, divining the future from the ruins ...

Cry God for England, Harry, and St. George! | 06/08/06
 The result of giving the Scots and the Welsh their own assemblies is that the English are ...

Senate Fails to Kill Death Tax | 06/08/06
 On a procedural vote today the United States Senate failed to repeal the federal estate ...

Zarqawi Dead, Fight Goes On | 06/08/06
 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed today in a precision F-16 strike. The coup was, as it ...

It's India Week | 06/07/06
 Both the London ...

When Laws Hurt The Ones They Help | 06/07/06
 What a landmark that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was. Passed in 1990 when Bush ...

The Day After 50 | 06/07/06
 In the special election held yesterday to fill the seat in the House of Representatives ...

Horrors! Organic Has Been Kidnapped by Wal-Mart! | 06/06/06
 Over the last century many upper-class Americans have agitated for the classification of ...

Nights of Passion | 06/06/06
 While the Germans are constructing special huts near World Cup venues to assist the ...

The End of Appeasement is Not Yet | 06/05/06
 Ever since the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s wise heads have said ...

Little Rich Kids Now Have Tutors | 06/05/06
 Forget home schooling. Now it’s private tutors for little rich kids, according to a ...

Harvard Doesn't Get It | 06/05/06
 You gotta love those liberals at Harvard. Reality is staring them in the face and they ...

Archie Drake, Opera Singer | 06/04/06
 We celebrate and we fawn at the feet of the opera greats: the Pavarottis and the ...

Canadian Spy Agency Connects Some Dots | 06/04/06
 Of course, it could be just coincidence, or a dreadful case of mistaken identity. As ...

Cheer Up On Employment, MSM | 06/02/06
 Today’s employment report from the Department of Labor came in with a disappointing ...

Do We Need the CIA? | 06/02/06
 Over the years the CIA has provided a useful role. It has been the face of the US ...

Bracing for Haditha | 06/01/06
 The left wants the alleged massacre of civilians at Haditha in Iraq’s Anbar province ...

Bracing for Haditha | 06/01/06
 The left wants the alleged massacre of civilians at Haditha in Iraq’s Anbar province ...

What is Freedom For? | 06/01/06
 Up until recently girls were socialized to become wives and mothers, or in the words 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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