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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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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


Sacrifice

[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


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


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”


Pentecostalism

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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