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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


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


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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