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Daily Blogs for 12/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Misunderestimated Again | 12/31/07
 President Bush seems to understand what President Reagan understood before him. A ...

What Presidents Wear | 12/28/07
 When the Duke of Wellington fought the Battle of Waterloo, he did not wear a ...

Liberal Fascism. So? | 12/27/07
 The liberals are already reaching the tipping point on Jonah Goldberg’s ...

Is There a Conservative Future? | 12/26/07
 In this time of conservative discontent, seers and pundits are peering into the ...

Xmas at the Party of Government | 12/21/07
 You gotta love Hillary’s Xmas Card. I refuse to ...

Reconciliation In Iraq? | 12/20/07
 Obviously something has changed in Iraq in the last year.  The question is what, ...

Why Is It So Cold? Maybe the Sun? | 12/19/07
 Everyone knows that the polar bears are in trouble and Greenland is about to melt ...

Ripping the Republican Big Tent Apart(2) | 12/18/07
 Fifty years ago the US conservative movement began in a fusion between Burkean ...

Huckabee Sucks Up to Liberals | 12/17/07
 They say that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, despite his aw-shucks manner is a ...

Hewitt Peels a Brokaw | 12/14/07
 Radio talk-show host ...

What is the Meaning of Change?(1) | 12/13/07
 When the Democrats talk about "Change," what do they mean? ...

Michael Novak for Romney | 12/13/07
 Readers of RMC will know that Michael Novak is one of our RMC Chappies.  ...

Can Obama Really Solve Everything? | 12/12/07
 Many conservatives have been annoyed by the intrasigence of Democrats during the Bush ...

We Interrupt This Message | 12/11/07
 The shocking thing about the actions of New Life Church member Jeanne Assam’s ...

Is Huckabee a Liberal Plant? | 12/10/07
 If you are like me you haven’t been too impressed by Mike Huckabee.  Just ...

Libs Ante Up in War on Terror | 12/07/07
 Many conservatives are angry about the naked political slanting in the latest National ...

Romney's American Creed | 12/06/07
 You can read the MSM’s hostility to religion any time you open a newspaper or ...

Gingrich pushes platform in Iowa | 12/05/07
 Newt’s in Iowa and running for VP.  He’s also pushing his latest ...

Derb Admits He's Bored With Election | 12/04/07
 The federal government makes such a mess of everything that there’s not much any ...

Chavez Loses Vote--Just | 12/03/07
 Let’s give one cheer for the failure of President Hugo Chavez to make himself ...

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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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