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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



“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


“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


“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


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 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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