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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) | 04/01/07
 Don’t tell me.  April 1 is a foolish day to launch a site redesign.  ...



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


“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


[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 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


“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


“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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