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Daily Blogs for 6/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

"The Way to Stop Discrimination" | 06/29/07
 It’s located right at the end of Chief Justice John Roberts decision in ...

"An Incredible Week" | 06/29/07
 Let’s just pause for a moment, because for conservatives this week has been ...

Dems Who Voted Against Cloture | 06/28/07
 The Senate immigration bill didn’t just fail by a whisker.  The ...

After Blair: It's the Culture, Stupid | 06/28/07
 We know now that the Third Way was the left’s backhanded admission that the ...

Can Government Deliver on Education? | 06/27/07
 Tony Blair, everyone’s darling, has resigned as Prime Minister of the United ...

Flip-flopping: Do We Care? | 06/27/07
 Apparently there’s a lot of heat about flip-floppers in the Republican ...

The Fix Is In | 06/26/07
 As the Senate voted 64-35 to take up the immigration bill, we the unwashed have to ...

Michael Novak on Hillarynomics | 06/26/07
 We’ve already cast a jaundiced eye on Hillary Clinton’s “on your ...

Global Warming: 4 Legs Good; 2 Legs Bad | 06/25/07
 That’s basically what the Society of Environmental Journalists believes.  ...

Single Payer Means Filthy Hospitals | 06/25/07
 Before we all collapse before the tightly reasoned ideas of Michael Moore and his ...

The Incredible Shrinking New York Times | 06/22/07
 The trouble with being a national institution is that when you start going down the ...

What Do These Professors Want? | 06/22/07
 The Wall Street ...

Hamas Wins Gaza: What Now? | 06/21/07
 With Israel surrounded by proxies of Iran, what should they give away now? And ...

The Adolescent Cult of "Getting it Right" | 06/20/07
 Journalist and writer David Halberstam, tragically killed in an auto ...

Follow the Money on Immigration | 06/20/07
 What are the real issues on the current immigration bill?  Milton Friedman said ...

"Women with Needs" Tells It All | 06/19/07
 What kind of voter would you imagine that Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is ...

Republican Elite vs. Republican Voters | 06/19/07
 Now that the Republicans are out of power in Congress and President Bush is a lame ...

Cameron Speaks, Media Underwhelmed | 06/18/07
 David Cameron gave a speech in Tooting, London on Monday, ...

Democrats and Taxes. Again | 06/18/07
 The Democrats plan to solve the problem of the Alternative Minimum Tax (it hurts the ...

Reid's "Incompetent" Gaffe | 06/15/07
 So Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace that he was ...

Hollywood and Abortion | 06/15/07
 Politically, we all know that Hollywood is pro-abortion.  But, with the release ...

CAFE: Bad Ideas Never Die | 06/14/07
 Back in the 1970s our august Solons thought it was time to issue a ukase to the auto ...

Russia: Coming to Terms With Reality | 06/13/07
 Russians want to believe that their country is great.  But the trouble is that it ...

Blair Whines About Media He Helped Create | 06/12/07
 It really is too bad of Tony Blair to complain about the savagery of the modern ...

A Modest Marriage Proposal | 06/12/07
 In Britain the Law Commission is worried about the rights of ...

Democrat Budget & New Taxes and Spending | 06/12/07
 Does nobody care what the Democrats are proposing in their budget resolution?  ...

It Couldn't Happen Here. Could It? | 06/11/07
 You’d think that when you have a centralized Nataional Curriculum, like the ...

Sarkozy allies head for landslide | 06/11/07
 Count me among the amazed as the French voted overwhelmingly for reform in their ...

Bush Defines G-8 on Climate Change? | 06/08/07
 The advance word on the G-8 meeting in Germany was that hostess Angela Merkel and ...

What Were They Thinking?(1) | 06/08/07
 It’s easy to say that after the fact.  You wonder: What planet are they ...

Could the Immigration Issue Hurt the Democrats? | 06/08/07
 The usual procedure after a big showdown like the immigration bill that was just ...

Democrats on Bush's "bumper-sticker" war | 06/07/07
 Democratic presidential candidates are pretty well all agreed that the war on ...

Ted Kennedy Bridge Joke(1) | 06/06/07
 You can’t do enough Ted Kennedy bridge jokes, any more than you can have enough ...

How Do You Spell Freedom? | 06/06/07
 Back in the old days childhood was different.  Kids had more freedom, ...

What the MSM Won't Tell You | 06/05/07
 Abortion is a political issue so reports about medical research around the subject of ...

Daring to Use the F Word | 06/05/07
 It’s not that surprising that the Republican candidates haven’t trotted out ...

Dem Problem: How to Get Past the Crazies | 06/04/07
 At least President Bush has the guts to brush off his entire Republican base in ...

Hillary Clinton "On Her Own" | 06/01/07
 We’ve already expectorated here on Sen. Clinton’s characterization of ...



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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