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Daily Blogs for 2/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

"Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?" | 02/28/07
  What do you think happens when an MSM reporter calls up a political ...

Blacks Losing Out As Hispanics Gain Power | 02/28/07
  After a century of top-down social programs and half a century of enormous ...

Gas-Guzzling Gore | 02/27/07
  Who can fail to be heartened by the news that Al Gore’s house is a real ...

Europe's 200 Year Civil War | 02/27/07
  It’s no particular secret that the last 200 years has seen a ...

Call Me a "Civil Societist"(1) | 02/27/07
 Now that the conservative light is dimming at the end of the Reagan-Bush era, it is ...

Advice to Euros Visiting the US | 02/26/07
 What should eager young visitors or sojourners in the US do to avoid deal-destroying ...

Tax pledge dodge thrall - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper | 02/26/07
 Here’s a no-brainer, brought to you by opinion columnist ...

Sexualizing Little Girls | 02/23/07
 Although any rational observer would note that there are a lot of overweight young ...

Criticizing Hillary: Deja Vu All Over Again | 02/22/07
 Remember the good old days of the 1990s?  When anyone that criticized President ...

What Went Wrong for Republicans? | 02/21/07
 Where did the Republicans go wrong and what can they do to regain the trust of the ...

Hagiographers Under Every Rock, Says Publishers Weekly | 02/20/07
 Every one of us has their obsession.  We just like to interpret the world to fit ...

If America Won't Buy Quality Newspapers... | 02/19/07
 Here it comes.  It was inevitable, really.  We can ...

Secular Dem Candidates Off to Church | 02/16/07
 The Republican Party is the party of the religious, married, with children.  The ...

Oh Good. Michelle Malkin Is "Not a Shill" | 02/16/07
  Our liberal friends seem unable to deal with people like Michelle ...

Did America Overreact to 9/11? | 02/15/07
 David A. Bell wrote recently in the ...

War on Terror and Cousin Marriage | 02/15/07
  What in the world has cousin marriage to do with the War on Terror? ...

Newt's Full of Ideas | 02/14/07
 Newt Gingrich is not announced as a candidate for the presidency, but he’s ...

Evolution: Not Just God vs. Darwin | 02/14/07
  Our good freinds in the mainstream media like us vs. them conflict.  It ...

Parents Flock to Supplementary Schools | 02/13/07
 The government schools suck.  That’s true whether you live in the United ...

Liberals Trivialize Evil | 02/13/07
 A constant theme of conservative talk-show ...

Harvard's 'Rebellious Daughter' | 02/12/07
 The wonderful thing about being a woman, wrote Agatha Christie, is to wonder what is ...

School Choice in Sweden: Who Knew? | 02/12/07
 For the last ten years in Sweden there is only one thing you can say about school ...

Profits and People Go Together | 02/09/07
  You know everything you need to know about ...

Richard Feynman, Kantian | 02/08/07
  Last week there was a bit of a flap over global warming.  The lefty ...

If School Choice Can Work in Sweden... | 02/08/07
  While we Yanks and the Brits agonize over school choice last-ditch union ...

Compassionate Democrats Love Lavish | 02/07/07
 Does it really matter that presidential candidate John Edwards, whose campaign centers ...

The New "A" Word | 02/07/07
 Who knew?  Be very careful who you call “articulate.”  Because ...

So Why Is Giuliani Leading the Pack | 02/06/07
 Everyone knows that Rudy Giuliani is too liberal for the Republican base.  There ...

What Makes Public School Kids Excel in School | 02/06/07
 What’s the secret of success?  Specifically, how do public school students ...

Two Turning Points, says Michael Barone | 02/05/07
 Democrats, we know, have to play to their base.  And their base believes that ...

When Women Rule the World | 02/05/07
  What with women now outnumbering men in higher education about 60:40, it ...

Bush's "Reading First" Is Working | 02/04/07
 Everyone is disappointed by the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind ...

A System of Patronage So Vast... | 02/04/07
 Every three months the excellent ...

Climate Change: Government Scientists vs. Deniers | 02/02/07
  Who are you gonna believe, the government-funded scientists on the UN’s ...

Reading Tea Leaves in Iraq | 02/02/07
 The big problem for us war-mongers is to know what is really going down in Iraq.  Is ...

New Hope for School Choice | 02/01/07
 After the reupdiation of the Republican Party in November, you might be forgiven for ...

A Revolution in Black Politics | 02/01/07
  OK, let’s get serious, ...

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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