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Daily Blogs for 1/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

It's a Conservative not a Republican Problem | 01/31/07
  A lot of conservatives have been blaming the feckless Republican Congress for ...

Here Comes The Eco-industrial Complex | 01/31/07
 You have to feel for the climate change enthusiasts. If George W. Bush can spend $100 ...

French Candidate Holds Rally in London | 01/30/07
 Imagine, if you can, the next Republican candidate for the presidency campaigning in ...

The Party of Resentment | 01/30/07
 As you may know by now, Hillary Clinton “really resents” that Bush’s ...

The Lessons of the Michigan Civil Rights Victory | 01/30/07
 In Michigan last November the voters spoke loudly on the question of race, affirmative ...

PHP Arrays and XML-RPC | 01/30/07
 Are you frustrated by the XML-RPC technology?  Having trouble figuring how to get a ...

The Rule of the Idiots | 01/29/07
  Suppose that you applied for health insurance and the insurance company said that ...

A "Civ-Con" Is Born | 01/29/07
 It must be a measure of the breadth and depth of the American conservative movement ...

Why Tolerance Is Not Enough For Gays | 01/28/07
 Ordinary people may wonder at the energy with which gays advocate for “gay ...

Middle-Class Secret of Success | 01/26/07
  Democrats like ...

Let's Get Serious About Energy | 01/26/07
 Why do we keep on this chimera of “energy independence?” Ever since the ...

No Sex Please, We're Married | 01/25/07
 Everybody knows that back in the bad old days husbands and wives never saw each ...

Ben Stein: They are Lynching My President | 01/25/07
  There was American ...

It's For The Children | 01/25/07
  Conservatives often complain about the way that liberals always say ...

President Bush's Health Care Proposals | 01/24/07
  In his State of the Union ...

President Bush Sets Up Republican Retreat | 01/24/07
 The key question, after the Republican defeat last November, is how President Bush plans ...

Milton Friedman, E-mailer | 01/23/07
  Back in July 2006 the Wall Street Journal was emailing ...

Behind the NYT Happy Single Women Story | 01/23/07
  Good show for the New York Times. Their story on single women reported ...

What Should We Do About Education? | 01/22/07
 After a century of government education we still have large swathes of the population ...

Collapsing Venezuela. Who Cares? | 01/22/07
  Now that the price of oil is going down we shall start to see ...

"Have Your Baghdad Civil War Without Us" | 01/19/07
  What is the difference between a serious commentator and an unserious one? ...

A Small Step towards Education Reform | 01/19/07
 The New York City Department of Education is taking a small step towards reform.  ...

Why Isn't The President Fighting For His Plan? | 01/18/07
 Radio talk-show ...

In Defeat: Defiance or Renewal? | 01/18/07
 Winston Churchill famously advised: “In victory: magnanimity; in defeat: ...

French Lefties Dodging Wealth Tax | 01/18/07
 You feel a bit guilty about it.  After all, we conservatives shouldn’t be ...

Democrats Out Of Ideas | 01/17/07
 We’ve already looked at the agenda-less Democrats here at Road to the Middle Class, ...

Michelle Malkin in Baghdad | 01/17/07
  A few weeks ago conservative columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin took out ...

Too Hot or Too Cold?(1) | 01/16/07
  How should Congressional Republicans behave?  As pit-bulls or as ...

A Bollywood Marriage -- Made in Heaven? | 01/16/07
 Let’s analyze the announcement that has all India dancing in the streets, the ...

When Underclass Pathology Reaches into the Middle Class | 01/15/07
  The thing about underclass pathologies is: Who Cares?  It’s all so ...

Has Bush Blundered into Victory? | 01/15/07
 Did the Bush administration blunder into the best policy in the Middle East?  ...

People are Getting Better and Better. | 01/12/07
 Back in the 1500s there was nothing people liked more than a good old ...

The Politics of Stem Cell Research | 01/12/07
 Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that expands the federal presence ...

Bush Admits Mistake, but Strategy Stays The Same | 01/11/07
  President Bush admitted last night that he should have increased the troops in ...

Is Bush's Troop Surge All For "McNaught?" | 01/11/07
 Last night President Bush announced a troop surge for Iraq, and all Americans wish him ...

Happiness Needs a Sense of Control | 01/10/07
 Everyone worries about happiness these days, and in Britain, Tory leader David Cameron ...

Chavez. What Planet is He On? | 01/10/07
 You have to wonder.  After a century of socialism, thug dictators are still ...

Are the Democrats for Real | 01/10/07
 What is it that really worries Republicans and conservatives as we lick our wounds ...

AJAX and The innerHTML Problem(1) | 01/10/07
 Here at Road to the Middle Class we are nothing if not modern.  That means that ...

Dont Forget Most Old Media is Union Shop | 01/09/07
 Dear old TIME magazine is slimming down, according to The New York Times.  ...

Do You Believe in Education Myths? | 01/09/07
 With something as politicized as education you always wonder about what you read in ...

Let's Not Blame Conservatives On Education | 01/08/07
 Oprah is getting a bit of flak because she is funding a school for ...

Stand Firm on Social Security! | 01/08/07
 Is the new Democratic Congress a big deal?  Is it going to change the political ...

"Broken Windows" Eat My Dust | 01/06/07
 It had to happen. Sooner or later some criminal justice entrepreneur would consign the ...

Tasteless Atheists | 01/05/07
 There have been a lot of books written by atheists about the folly of religion ...

The Cars at the Detroit Auto Show | 01/05/07
 Which is more important?  The news, according to ...

Speaker Pelosi pledges partnership | 01/04/07
 Today the Democrats formally took control of Congress as Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as ...

A Lesson in Race Relations | 01/04/07
 We've all heard the one about Jesse Jackson admitting that, when he's being ...

Come Back to Class, Says Duke Administration | 01/04/07
 Oh good. Now that newly elected Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong has withdrawn ...

File This Under "Climaco Case" | 01/03/07
 OK, I admit it. When the New York Times gets in trouble, I enjoy it. The ...

The Economist Discovers Pentecostalism | 01/03/07
 At the Road to the Middle Class we believe that a critical ...

Poor Kids Do Better In Selective Schools | 01/02/07
 Back when the Brits declared war on their selective secondary school system Prime ...

A Look at the "New Anger" | 01/02/07
 Which side is angrier, left or right? ...



“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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