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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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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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