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Daily Blogs for 10/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

You've Got to be Kidding, Girls | 10/31/07
 A decade or so ago we all laughed about political correctness.  It was so stupid ...

Stuck on Stupid? Dems Want Carter Era Tax Rates(1) | 10/30/07
 The central idea of the Reagan revolution was that punitive tax rates, like the 70 ...

NYT Hoping Religious Right Will Go Away | 10/29/07
 It’s as regular as clockwork: the article in The New York Times reporting ...

"Limited Lives" of Media Professionals | 10/26/07
 How can we best understand the Scott Thomas mess?  Why did the editors at The ...

What is the Difference Between Kerry and Beauchamp? | 10/25/07
 What’s the difference between ...

Government Worsens Hard Times | 10/24/07
 Remember the story of the Great ...

The End of Socialized Medicine?(1) | 10/24/07
 Just as Hillary Clinton is about to get her hands on the nation’s health-care ...

Not By Age, But Life Expectancy | 10/23/07
 The government’s entitlements like Social Security are based on age ...

Will The Atheists' Plan Work? | 10/22/07
 What with Governor-elect Bobby Jindal’s ...

A Tale of the Times | 10/19/07
 As we battle on in the culture wars, trading barbs and op-eds back at headquarters, it ...

Civil Society in Iraq? | 10/18/07
 When the United States first invaded Iraq you could tell that the Iraqis only knew to ...

Understanding the Risks We Take | 10/17/07
 How do you know what risk you are taking?  That’s the subject of a book by ...

Coercion in the Liberal University | 10/16/07
 We all shake our heads at the absurdities of the movement ironically called political ...

Who's Phoney Now? | 10/15/07
 Ever since the invention of the steam-driven printing press wise heads have advised ...

"But Critics Say" | 10/15/07
 It was impressive to watch the network news on Friday as they marked the announcement ...

Damning Hillary with Faint Praise | 10/12/07
 Many conservatives must be mulling over the same thoughts as ...

Their Jihad and Ours | 10/11/07
 Ever since the seven century, we are all constantly reminded, jihad has been a one-way ...

Now We Are Six | 10/10/07
 Used to be there was childhood and adulthood.  Then there was old age.  ...

Check the "Back Story" of every Dem Sob Story | 10/09/07
 The right-wing blogosphere has been having a grand old time with the Democrats’ ...

Mendacity, the Mark of Decline | 10/08/07
 Remember the good old days when Tennessee Williams wrote about the mendacity of the ...

Democrats' Pretzel Patriotism | 10/05/07
 The fuss over Rush Limbaugh and the “phoney soldiers” (is it phoney or ...

Understanding the Left | 10/04/07
 It’s a week in which leading Democrats have determined to demonstrate that ...

Paying for Health Care -- and Education? | 10/03/07
 For a century we have lived with the idea that things like education and health care ...

Is Rush Limbaugh That Important? | 10/02/07
 What’s the point?  That’s the question I have.  Why would Sen. ...

Obama revises plan on tax cuts | 10/01/07
 All the Democratic presidential candidates started out firm in their determination to ...

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Chappies

“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


Education

“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


Conversion

“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


Postmodernism

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

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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