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Daily Blogs for 9/2006

by Christopher Chantrill

Evil Wal-Mart Overrruns Democratic Bastion | 09/30/06
 The Wal-Mart PR guys just sent an e-mail to announce the opening of the first Wal-Mart in ...

More Than "School Choice" Needed | 09/29/06
 How much of a difference do the current initiative on school choice make? Not much, ...

Born on the Fourth of July | 09/29/06
 She died on Tuesday, September 26, aged 90. She might have been an ordinary aspirational ...

Why Did the Brits Invite Clinton and McCain? | 09/28/06
 Why do the Brits like to have American politicians address them at their political ...

Harris on Ratzinger at Regensburg | 09/28/06
 There is perhaps no more exciting thinker living than Lee Harris, a student of philosophy ...

Why Are The Rich Getting So Much Richer?(1) | 09/27/06
 Back at the end of the 19th century the rich were very rich. They were, principally, the ...

Tony Blair's Last Conference Speech | 09/27/06
 Whatever his faults, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has understood that the welfare ...

Media Always Hypes Fears of Climate Change | 09/26/06
 What are we going to do about global warming? That’s what the media were worried ...

Euston Manifesto is Great, But... | 09/26/06
 Earlier this year a bunch of left wingers and progressives in Britain wrote the Euston ...

Clinton Rallies the Democratic Troops | 09/25/06
 So why did Bill Clinton “lose his temper” with Chris Wallace last ...

Real-estate Prices Bobble | 09/25/06
 So now it’s hit the New York Times. “Home Prices Drop after 11-Year ...

School Choice a Winner in Alberta | 09/23/06
 Here’s an interesting factoid, reported in ...

Two Limeys Fight Over Home Schooling | 09/22/06
 Home schooling. Is it a good idea or a bad idea? In Britain’s Spectator ...

The Swedes are Retiring Early | 09/22/06
 Back when the apologists of the welfare state wanted more of our money we got to hear a ...

Dems Defend Bush Against Chavez | 09/21/06
 Yesterday Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez called President Bush a devil. Today ...

"The Great Risk Shift" | 09/21/06
 According to political science professor Jacob Hacker in his book ...

Universities Biased Against People Without 'Wives' | 09/20/06
 Women are underrepresented in the sciences and engineering because of “bias and ...

The Three Currents of Islam | 09/20/06
 According to ...

B-XVI Regensburg: Who Has the Problem? | 09/19/06
 If you didn’t know that we have a cultural war going on you can see it today in the ...

Compassionate Conservatives Win in Sweden | 09/19/06
 Here in the United States President Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” ...

The Devout American Who Wrote "The Path to 9/11" | 09/18/06
 It’s a free country, like they say. So it is interesting to read what ...

Sticking to the Ground Game | 09/18/06
 Do you wonder why Republicans keep pulling rabbits out of a hat on election day? ...

Jobs and Inequality | 09/15/06
 We’ve all heard the news that the US median income isn’t going up. Some ...

Democrats Do Too Stand for Something | 09/15/06
 Republicans have been enjoying for some time the idea that Democrats don’t stand for ...

Google's For-profit Foundation | 09/14/06
 When Bill Gates set up his charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ...

Wal-Mart and the 3.3 Million Job Gap | 09/14/06
 Even conservative pundit ...

The Transformation of North Korea | 09/13/06
 You gotta read this stunning analysis of North Korea, “The Natural Death of North ...

The Divide Between Evangelicals and Libertarians | 09/13/06
 Ever since the beginning of the modern American conservative movement there has been a ...

Teaching Students About Tortured Souls | 09/12/06
 After a spate of student suicides in the 2003-04 academic year, New York University has ...

A General's View of the War on Terror | 09/12/06
 You’d expect that Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the U.S Central Command, would ...

Tearing Up The Last Half-Millennium | 09/11/06
 The events of 9/11, according to ...

Two Kinds of Chess | 09/11/06
 There are two kinds of chess in the world. There is the western game of chess, in which ...

Why the West Won't Win Against Islam | 09/10/06
 We all know that we will win the war against Islamic fascism. Or will we? Author ...

The Blank Page of History | 09/08/06
 Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the new Hitler? And Osama bin Laden the new Lenin? Is Iraq the ...

If Democrats Win in November | 09/08/06
 What if Democrats win in November? What will they do? ...

The Path to Censorship(3) | 09/07/06
 Imagine the following news item in your friendly local newspaper. A ...

The Election Campaign Begins(1) | 09/07/06
 With Labor Day behind us we can expect to see, in the next couple of weeks, how the Bush ...

The Two Nations in Education(1) | 09/06/06
 How come if the US education system is so poor, asks ...

The Real Plame Story | 09/06/06
 For perennial hawk ...

Don't Look For Education Reform From Within | 09/05/06
 When you have been president of Harvard, as Derek Bok has been, or dean of Harvard ...

Mortgage Moms Feel the Heat(1) | 09/05/06
 Back in the Nineties it was the Soccer Moms who voted for Bill Clinton. Then after 9/11 ...

French Ex-pats in London | 09/04/06
 The French were already having a rough summer, with presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy ...

Dependency Ratio Hits WSJ | 09/01/06
 Earlier this week I ...

President Bush Makes His Case | 09/01/06
 Yesterday at the American Legion convention in Salt Lake City President Bush began a ...


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

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

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

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

Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values

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.

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

Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


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

Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization

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