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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 ...



“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

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

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“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

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


“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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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