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Daily Blogs for 4/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

"Target Failing Families" or "More Responsibility" | 04/30/07
 In Britain’s Daily Telegraph recently Prime Minister ...

Go Ahead, Make My Day | 04/30/07
 Former Senator John “Two Americas” Edwards told Democrats in California that ...

Just How Smart Are Dems? | 04/27/07
 Everyone seems to think that the Democrats are brilliantly managing the politics of ...

Regulating Speech on a Slippery Slope | 04/26/07
 Liberals are all riled up about conservative talk radio.  So they want to bring ...

Class Warfare Taxes May Sink Dems | 04/26/07
 First thing the Democrats are doing in the new Congress is to exempt most taxpayers ...

Obama: The New Reagan? | 04/25/07
 After the surprise showing by Sen. Barack Obama in the fundraising stakes,  ...

It All Dovetails | 04/25/07
 If you’ve ever watched The Larkin Chronicles (the Brit TV series that was ...

Private Education in the Slums | 04/24/07
 He was in Hyderabad, India looking at the city’s main tourist attraction, the ...

Liberal Issues Dems Don't Push | 04/24/07
  In a rumination on the incompetence of Alberto ...

Reform vs. Stagnation in France | 04/23/07
  What a clarifying event an election can be.  In France, report the ...

When the Tax Cuts Expire | 04/23/07
 Years ago neoconservative Irving Kristol advised Republicans to cut taxes, cut, and cut ...

Murder in America | 04/20/07
 How bad is it?  In the wake of the V-Tech mass murder the Europeans are ...

VT: The Tradeoffs in a Free Society | 04/20/07
 The horrific Virginia Tech shootings have, as they should, inspired every political ...

Iraq war is 'lost' says Harry Reid | 04/19/07
 The US “surge” is failing to bring peace to Iraq, according to Sen. Harry ...

Liberal Foundations Equals Liberal Costs | 04/19/07
  It’s not just that charitable foundations often end up doing exactly the ...

The Adolescent Society | 04/18/07
  Don’t expect a big liberal best-seller like John Kenneth Galbraith’s ...

After VT: Gun Control Doesn't Bark | 04/18/07
 After the horror of the shootings at Virginia Tech and the innocent lives cut ...

Let's Don't Kill All the Lawyers | 04/17/07
  The Duke “rape” case was won by good defense lawyering, writes ...

Kill the Tax Monster | 04/17/07
 It’s all very well ...

Just Who Has the Conflict of Interest? | 04/16/07
 It was noble of Newsweek to allow a climate change denier, climate scientist ...

The Passing of Unsung Conservatives | 04/16/07
 Liberals we know all about.  They are celebrated from a thousand MSM ...

Hypocrisy Week | 04/13/07
  If shock jock Don Imus went to his reward, what about Malik Shabazz?  If ...

How Liberal Censorship Works | 04/13/07
 You’d think, wouldn’t you, that a documentary focusing on the struggle of ...

Let's Abolish Adolescence | 04/12/07
  Did you know?  They don’t have adolescence in most societies.  ...

Freeman Dyson: Optimistic Rebel | 04/12/07
 Physicist Freeman Dyson makes a cameo appearance in Richard Dawkins’ The God ...

John Edwards' Two Americas | 04/11/07
  Conservatives and Republicans like to go to bed at night secure in the ...

Liberal Censorship! Oh No! | 04/11/07
 In the age of talk radio it has become much more difficult to bury egregious examples ...

A Liberal Mourns His Favorite Republican | 04/10/07
  Just what was it about John McCain that liberals loved so much?  Was it ...

The Social Work Bullies at Missouri State | 04/10/07
 This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. The president of Missouri State ...

Rush Babies: They're Out There! | 04/09/07
 The Drive-Bys aren’t reporting this, of course, but there’s a whole new ...

After Pelosi, time for some thinking | 04/09/07
 The trouble with Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Damascus was the thinking behind it, ...

Thinking Beyond the Welfare State | 04/08/07
 As Tony Blair heads for the exits conservative Brits are thinking about what the ...

Lefties Want to Get Paid To Blog | 04/06/07
  Radio talk-show host ...

No Affirming for Christians in Holy Week | 04/06/07
 A permanent fixture of our calendar is Black History Month in which our media run ...

Let's Talk. About Taxes | 04/05/07
 Let’s talk, said Hillary Clinton.  Of course she wanted to just talk pretty in ...

No Pelo-phany on Road to Damascus | 04/05/07
 Both left and right agree that Nancy Pelosi’s bumbling journey to Damascus was an ...

When Christian Students Want a Special Day... | 04/04/07
 It’s one thing to have a “Day of Silence” that celebrates the ...

Let's Call It "Hewitting" | 04/04/07
  First it was Fisking.  That’s the process, according to ...

When Politics is Only About Spin | 04/03/07
 Ten, fifteen years ago in the heady days of the Third Way fashionable commentators ...

Partisans Applaud as Bush Bashes Democrats | 04/03/07
 President Bush has finally started to lob a few shells at the Democrats who passed a ...

Are the Mullahs Desperate? | 04/02/07
  With the mullahs in Iran staging another hostage incident, you have to wonder ...

What About Those Free Trade Deniers? | 04/02/07
 How come that fashionable New York Times columnists are so quick to make moral ...

Bigger, Bolder, Brighter for 2007(1) | 04/02/07
 Don’t tell me.  April 1 is a foolish day to launch a site redesign.  ...


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

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“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

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“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

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


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


[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


“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

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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