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Monday May 25, 2015 
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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.  ...


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

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

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

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

Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values

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.

Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization

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