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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.  ...


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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