home  |  book  |  blogs  |   RSS  |  contact  |
  An American Manifesto
Friday November 27, 2015 
by Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter













Mutual aid




Nov 2015

Oct 2015

Sep 2015

Aug 2015

Jul 2015

Jun 2015

May 2015

Apr 2015

Mar 2015

Feb 2015

Jan 2015


Dec 2014

Nov 2014

Oct 2014

Sep 2014

Aug 2014

Jul 2014

Jun 2014

May 2014

Apr 2014

Mar 2014

Feb 2014

Jan 2014


Dec 2013

Nov 2013

Oct 2013

Sep 2013

Aug 2013

Jul 2013

Jun 2013

May 2013

Apr 2013

Mar 2013

Feb 2013

Jan 2013


Dec 2012

Nov 2012

Oct 2012

Sep 2012

Aug 2012

Jul 2012

Jun 2012

May 2012

Apr 2012

Mar 2012

Feb 2012

Jan 2012


Dec 2011

Nov 2011

Oct 2011

Sep 2011

Aug 2011

Jul 2011

Jun 2011

May 2011

Apr 2011

Mar 2011

Feb 2011

Jan 2011


Dec 2010

Nov 2010

Oct 2010

Sep 2010

Aug 2010

Jul 2010

Jun 2010

May 2010

Apr 2010

Mar 2010

Feb 2010

Jan 2010


Dec 2009

Nov 2009

Oct 2009

Sep 2009

Aug 2009

Jul 2009

Jun 2009

May 2009

Apr 2009

Mar 2009

Feb 2009

Jan 2009


Dec 2008

Nov 2008

Oct 2008

Sep 2008

Aug 2008

Jul 2008

Jun 2008

May 2008

Apr 2008

Mar 2008

Feb 2008

Jan 2008


Dec 2007

Nov 2007

Oct 2007

Sep 2007

Aug 2007

Jul 2007

Jun 2007

May 2007

Apr 2007

Mar 2007

Feb 2007

Jan 2007


Dec 2006

Nov 2006

Oct 2006

Sep 2006

Aug 2006

Jul 2006

Jun 2006

May 2006

Apr 2006

Mar 2006

Feb 2006

Jan 2006


Dec 2005

Nov 2005

Oct 2005

Sep 2005

Aug 2005

Jul 2005

Jun 2005

May 2005

Apr 2005

Mar 2005

Feb 2005

Jan 2005


Dec 2004

Daily Blogs for 8/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Democrats Spoil Presidential Politics. Again | 08/31/06
 We don’t usually do ...

Costco vs. Wal-Mart | 08/31/06
 Some of you may have noticed that the two big box retailing champs, Wal-Mart and Costco, ...

Suppose Omar Was Bombing Abortion Clinics... | 08/30/06
 The MSM reaction to the San Francisco hit-and-run motorist yesterday was Ho Hum. No need ...

Things You Are Not Allowed To Say: Part XXXIX(1) | 08/30/06
 Nearly sixty years ago, feminist Simone de Beauvoir bemoaned that the female was the ...

Katrina: Who's To Blame? | 08/29/06
 A year ago New Orleans and Louisiana politicians failed to mobilize for Hurricane ...

Suprise! Non-political Voters Aren't Political | 08/29/06
 When you are a conservative you want your conservative party to be conservative. You ...

The Mood of the Voter in November | 08/28/06
 Somehow I think that the November elections this year are going to tell us something. And ...

The Wages of Multiculturalism, Again(1) | 08/28/06
 A big problem in the war on terror, ...

The Wages of Multiculturalism | 08/27/06
 A benefit of Islamic terror, ...

Robbed of Her Adolescence | 08/25/06
 The startling escape from captivity of Austrian Natascha Kampusch is the very stuff of ...

Straight Talk or Forked Tongue(1) | 08/25/06
 Look. I didn’t like John McCain in 2000. I didn’t like him running against ...

A Neoconservative Lion Roars Again | 08/25/06
 One by one the great conservative voices are falling silent. The great generation of ...

If The Democrats Take Over Congress | 08/24/06
 Want to think of something really scary? Imagine what the Democrats will do if they ...

Are Our Children Safe? | 08/24/06
 One of our little societal problems is that, while it’s OK to attack Wal-Mart for ...

Soft Landing or Controlled Crash for Economy? | 08/23/06
 We are at the stage in the business cycle where pundits are talking about a soft landing ...

Liberals are Different From You and Me... | 08/23/06
 They have fewer babies. That’s the finding of ...

We Must Share The Risk. But How? | 08/23/06
 It’s all the fault of Big Business, writes ...

Wal-Mart's Global Poverty Reduction Program | 08/22/06
 When the Boston Associates built the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, they hired ...

Beyond Welfare Reform | 08/22/06
 Everyone is doing their ten year anniversary pieces for the welfare reform act that ...

Bibi Rallies Israel | 08/21/06
 In his speech to the Knesset a week ago former Israeli Prime Minister ...

Lebanon War Not Disaster, Says Expert | 08/21/06
 Military expert ...

Blacks, Hispanics Dip At Top NY High Schools | 08/18/06
 About ten years ago New York City set up a special program to help boost enrollment of ...

What is Going to Happen in November? | 08/18/06
 The generic ballot shows the Democrats up by 10 percent or more. And the Gallup ...

What is a Conservative? | 08/18/06
 What exactly is a conservative, and what is a liberal? We like to squabble about such ...

Resource Bank for Defense of Marriage | 08/17/06
 Back in the 1970s gay advocates scorned “bourgeois” marriage. Now in the 2000s ...

Social Attitudes and Shame | 08/17/06
 Even though young people in Britain today are regularly drunk as skunks, university ...

Another Democrat Purge | 08/16/06
 You’d think that political parties would do anything to keep their supporters. But ...

A Strategic Amplifier for World War IV | 08/16/06
 Now what? After the Hezbollah terrorists successfully held off the Israeli armed forces ...

Now Look Who Served in the SS! | 08/15/06
 It is delicious to find out that lefty German author G√ľnther Grass spent time in the ...

Feds Want More Control Over Colleges | 08/15/06
 Are you surprised? The federal government is worried about higher education. A year ago ...

The Moment of Truth for "Root Cause" Politics | 08/15/06
 As we limber up to deal with the Islamist threat, writes ...

Yes, Let's Focus on the War on Terror | 08/14/06
 Last Friday ...

Barone on the Democrats | 08/14/06
 You can read too much into a single election. But you can read too little ...

Flying on Hair Gel Day | 08/11/06
 Was it hair gel? Or was it a sports drink? Or was it an explosive combination of the ...

NYT: Lieberman Defeated by Moderates! | 08/09/06
 You gotta love those guys at ...

Which Party Is Best For The Jews? | 08/09/06
 Over the centuries Jews have been by turns admitted, ejected, humiliated, and even ...

US Turns a Political Corner | 08/09/06
 Last night we entered a new era in US politics. When political novice Ned Lamont ...

Israel At a Crossroads? | 08/08/06
 What is going on with Israel’s incursion into Lebanon? Are they making any ...

The Last Gasp of the Real Ancient Regime | 08/08/06
 What do the terrorists want? It is still hard to understand the point of it as Hezbollah ...

Forget the "Nutroots" Fantasy | 08/08/06
 Three months before an election that could be the toughest for Republicans since the Year ...

Do People Need Religion To Make Babies? | 08/07/06
 Why has Europe stopped making babies, asks ...

More Studies Say That Professors are Lefties | 08/07/06
 This isn’t news. But Critical ...

Your Teen Daughter is On Her Way to Meet a Kid She Met Online... | 08/06/06
 Are you a mother worried about your daughter’s online chat activities? According to ...

The Moderate Muslims Meet in Denmark | 08/04/06
 Whatever happened to the moderate Muslims? That has been the refrain ever since 9/11. ...

Another Reason For Israel to Beat Hezbollah | 08/04/06
 We’re all waiting around for Ehud Olmert to learn the ropes as a war-time Prime ...

Now We Understand the 1930s  | 08/04/06
 We all love to tut-tut about the appeasers of the 1930s. How could they have been so ...

Speaking Truth To Liberal Power | 08/03/06
 Talking-head Juan Williams is a reliable liberal voice on Fox News. David Fraser is a ...

Finally, A Brit Takes on the Israel Haters | 08/03/06
 Everyone has declared that actor Mel Gibson is a drunken anti-Semitic lout, after his ...

Limbaugh Listeners No. 2 in News Knowledge | 08/02/06
 When the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released its latest Survey ...

What's Next for Conservatives? | 08/02/06
 In the autumn of the Bush years, conservatives are asking what worked and what comes ...

A Dictator Hands Over Power, For Now | 08/01/06
 So finally General Pinochet, after 47 years as dictator of Chile, yielded power to his ...

Reader Mail on Seattle's Cult of Victimhood | 08/01/06
 Things really are as bad as you think in Seattle. My ...

A Pause for Optimism | 08/01/06
 What with TV screens filled with mayhem and panicked pundits screaming that all is lost, ...



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

mysql close


©2007 Christopher Chantrill