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Daily Blogs for 3/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Jet Jockey Travolta On Global Warming | 03/30/07
  What’s not to like about John Travolta.  He urges his fans to ...

Dueling Realities on Health Coverage | 03/30/07
 What does our nation need on health care?  Or rather, what should we force other ...

Business Boring? Please! | 03/30/07
 The chap at the BBC explained why they don’t put much business on TV. ...

The War Will Go On | 03/29/07
  In a sense, military ...

Housing Bust: Minorities Hardest Hit | 03/29/07
  Unfortunately there’s a lot of truth in the old joke about the final news ...

How Do You Spell C-r-e-d-i-t-C-r-u-n-c-h? | 03/28/07
 It’s always a mystery how the economy swings from easy credit—when lenders ...

Go For It: usgovernmentspending.com! | 03/28/07
  It’s a great story of rags to riches. First it was an idea.  ...

UAW Says It's Full of Fight | 03/27/07
  You’ve gotta hand it to the UAW.  They’re not ready to roll ...

Politics Has Always Been Risky Business | 03/27/07
 The recent Scooter Libby case moves ...

Barone on Gore's Secular Faith | 03/26/07
 It’s an inexhaustible topic, the solipsism of the baby-boom generation, the idea ...

Welcome to usgovernmentspending.com! | 03/24/07
 Here at the Road to the Middle Class we are frequently ...

Britain's Labour Proposes Tax Cuts | 03/23/07
 In Britain this week they had a Nixon Goes to China Moment.  The Labour Party ...

Plain Old Patronage: A Theory of Government | 03/22/07
 In the excellent ...

Good Old-fashioned Democratic Politics | 03/22/07
 If you are a Republican the worst fear about Democrats taking over Congress was that ...

Globalizing Health Care | 03/21/07
 Here at the Road to the Middle ...

Forget Racial Profiling, Now It's Political Profiling! | 03/21/07
  Who was not outraged by the shocking practice of law enforcement officials ...

President Bush Draws a Line | 03/20/07
 Republicans are fit to be tied about pusillanimous Republicans that won’t fight ...

Who Do You Believe? | 03/20/07
 Who do you believe in the recent Atlanta shooting?  A National Guard soldier, ...

The Other "Creationism" | 03/19/07
  One of the great tasks to which our liberal friends are called is to champion ...

Tom DeLay on Rush | 03/19/07
 Everyone has forgotten about Tom DeLay, who was “gotcha-ed” last year ...

The Ancien Regime of the Good Old USA | 03/16/07
 OK I admit it.  When I read Jacob Aronson’s article ...

When Multiculturalism Hits the Wall | 03/15/07
  We should all avoid ethnocentrism and phallocentrism and logocentrism.  ...

Now There's an Inconvenient Truth About Africa(1) | 03/15/07
  Who would have thunk it?  The government of Canada has issued a report on ...

Michael Novak on President Bush | 03/14/07
 The two hits on President Bus, writes RMC Chappie ...

Earning the MSM's Trust | 03/14/07
  The mainstream media may be liberal, but you can still get a fair shake from ...

Gross? As $300 million? | 03/13/07
  We red-blooded American males have been suffering for years.  Denied our ...

Romney bets on tax cuts to win | 03/13/07
 What will it take to win the Republican nomination for president in 2008?  Mitt ...

The New "Time": Big and Brawny? | 03/12/07
  For many of us, it is years since we subscribed to Time magazine.  ...

Japanese Day Traders Try "Carry" Trade | 03/12/07
 Remember 1999-2000?  That was the heyday of the day traders, amateurs ...

The Case of Hillary and the Vanity Mirror | 03/09/07
  Now we know why our Democratic friends hate Karl Rove with a passion.  ...

At the Center of the Health Care Mess | 03/09/07
  Everyone agrees that the health care system is a mess.  But that is ...

School Choice--On the Front Lines | 03/08/07
  What do you think about this 16 year old kid, Rontrell Matthews, in Johns ...

Bush: Chavez's Economic Model Leads to Poverty | 03/08/07
 It shouldn’t need to be said, of course.  It ought to be the common ...

How About An Apology For "Fraudulent Education?" | 03/07/07
  The two legislative chambers of the Commonwealth of Virginia have recently ...

Newt's Ideas at Cooper Union | 03/07/07
 Years ago in the 1990s a political cartoonist drew a memorable line of filing ...

Michael Novak on the Recent Atheist Books | 03/06/07
  What are we to think about the recent apologia for atheism?  We mean ...

Democrats and Social Security -- And Americans(1) | 03/06/07
 Speaker Pelosi made much of her grandchildren at the opening of the new Congress: ...

MSM Soft-pedals ACLU Child Porn Suspect | 03/05/07
  Child porn is a pretty disgusting subject.  It involves the depiction of ...

New Hope for Climate Deniers | 03/05/07
  We holocaust, er sorry, global warming deniers are having a rough time these ...

Lefty Lifestyles of the Rich and Cheap | 03/02/07
  You assume that lefty writer Barbara Ehrenreich is, what the Forsytes would ...

Giuliani The Details Man | 03/02/07
  Funny how things work.  We’ve had months of fainting and gushing by ...

The Virtue of Debates | 03/01/07
  Newt Gingrish and Mario Cuomo met recently to give speeches at Cooper Union in ...

Aiming for Hegemon | 03/01/07
 Wonder what the Chicoms are doing and why?  It’s not to hard to figure out, ...

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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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