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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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Action

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


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


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


Churches

[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

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


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


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


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


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