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Daily Blogs for 11/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

So Bush Was Right on Stem Cells | 11/30/07
 One thing you can say about President Bush.  He makes a decision and then accepts ...

What Should Harry Do? | 11/29/07
 Yes, what should Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) do?  In case you forgot, here ...

Middle Class Benefit Most from Welfare State | 11/28/07
 We have been banging on for weeks here about the middle-class S-CHIP chiselers, ...

Revived Libertarians | 11/27/07
 Since the shock of 9/11 we haven’t heard much from libertarians, not until Ron ...

Income tax in the United States | 11/27/07
 The chaps at Wikipedia have a nice article on the US Income tax: ...

In Guatemala Today | 11/19/07
 In the highlands of Guatemala it’s one volcano after another.  Of course, ...

No Child Left Behind. End It or Mend It? | 11/15/07
 Don’t blame me, says conservative elder ...

A Tale of Two Narratives | 11/14/07
 How’s the American family?  Time to write the obituary yet?  According ...

Income Mobility | 11/13/07
 Our friends at the Wall Street Journal edit page (not to be confused with the ...

Inventing the New Conservatism: Education(1) | 11/12/07
 We conservatives are running around wondering what the new conservatism means.  ...

Entitlements: Life is not a defined benefit | 11/09/07
 The GAO chappies issued a report on the nation’s entitlements recently, ...

Hillary's No Maggie. Who Cares?(1) | 11/09/07
 Hey, it’s worked in the past.  When Hillary Clinton played the helpless ...

Rangel's Taxes Raise Republican Morale | 11/08/07
 Last week good old Charlie Rangel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Ways and Means ...

Rail Still the Fashion? | 11/07/07
 Economist Randal O’Toole is upfront about government planning, and he’s ...

We Should Thank the Socialists | 11/06/07
 Dear old lefty Guardian columnist ...

Fixing the mortgage crisis, but how? | 11/05/07
 Now that the mortgages are well and truly melting down the experts are gathering to ...

Who Needs ID Anyway?(1) | 11/02/07
 For ordinary Americans the flap over illegal aliens and drivers licenses is a ...

Larry Elder on Race in America | 11/01/07
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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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