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Daily Blogs for 7/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

The Surge is Working, But... | 07/31/07
 It’s pretty clear that the “surge” in Iraq is making progress.  ...

Debating YouTube | 07/30/07
 Should Republican presidential candidates descend to the level of YouTube?  ...

Alarm bells on China | 07/30/07
 Classical liberals thought that they had won the argument over free trade back in the ...

"Can I Help You?" | 07/27/07
 It’s a Gilded Age, writes ...

Mean-spirited Universities Sit on Cash | 07/27/07
 Our Democratic friends in the House of Representatives recently passed an education ...

The Cruelty of the Welfare State | 07/26/07
 Everyone knows that the welfare state is the most wonderful thing in human ...

Grabbing The High Ground | 07/25/07
 Back in the old days before the French Revolution the world was a conservative place. ...

British Conservatives in a Pickle | 07/25/07
 In Britain they are trying to dry out after 50 year floods.  But in the ...

The Secret Life of Cars | 07/24/07
 You may not have wondered how a car makes you feel, but BMW has.  That’s ...

Democrats' New War on Poverty(1) | 07/24/07
 Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards both want to declare ...

The "New Victorians:" a Trend or a "Trend?" | 07/23/07
 It would all seem pretty sensible if it weren’t that the trendy New York ...

Dean Barnett's 9/11 Generation | 07/23/07
 We know all about the Boomer generation, says 40-ish ...

What Do Women Want? | 07/20/07
 The feminists don’t want to hear it, according ...

When the US Leaves Iraq | 07/20/07
 Call me a conspiracist, but I believe that US political class has already decided to ...

Eating beef 'is less green than driving' | 07/19/07
 They’re coming to take you away, those lefty global warming types, those ...

Dem House Solves College Costs With Subsidies and Regulation | 07/19/07
 With college costs soaring way above the rate of inflation and many graduates finding ...

Who Is Norman Borlaug? | 07/19/07
 Everybody knows Paris Hilton.  But who the heck is Dr. Norman Borlaug?  ...

The Not-so All-Night Debate on Iraq | 07/18/07
 The United States Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, and last ...

In the Belly of the Beast | 07/18/07
 The reason we need the welfare state, liberals tell us, is because we need a safety ...

It's a Regional War, Stupid | 07/17/07
 From the very beginning of the war on terror, it was obvious that the war was not just ...

Germany and France on Collision Course | 07/16/07
 The euro has climbed to stratospheric levels in recent months, approaching $1.40 to ...

L.A. Diocese Pays for Abuse | 07/16/07
 The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay out over $600 million ...

Religion is Safe With Democrats Says TIME | 07/13/07
 For years Democrats have warned that religion and politics don’t mix.  ...

Working Moms Want to Cut Back on Work | 07/12/07
 Woman, we know, is the “victim of the species.”  That’s what ...

Hewitt Talks to Republican Jews | 07/12/07
 Conservative talk-show host talked to the Republican Jewish Coalition recently, ...

Global Warming and Solar Heating | 07/11/07
 Who do you believe?  Today there were two articles on the relation between solar ...

The End of the Newspaper Columnist | 07/10/07
 About twelve years ago, according to ...

British Conservatives Issue Plan To Fight Social Breakdown | 07/10/07
 It’s called Breakthrough Britain ...

Keeper of the Tower Lives in France | 07/09/07
 Is this what Britain has come to?  The chap who keeps an eye on the crown jewels ...

Now The Lawyers are Upset | 07/09/07
 The Brits are just waking up to the idea that lawyers are miserable.  Apparently ...

The Underclass As Residue of Social Mobility | 07/06/07
 Most of us like to write about the underclass as a failure of the welfare state.  ...

The Real David Halberstam(1) | 07/06/07
 For what seems like forever we have been taught to celebrate David Halberstam as ...

Is Government Force? Michael Moore Says No | 07/05/07
 We all know, or at least we’d better know by now, that Michael Moore thinks that ...

Don't The Pols Get It? | 07/05/07
 Now that the Democrats are back in control of Congress we are hearing calls for ...

Arnold Kling on Trust in Society | 07/04/07
 The big problem of the human race is the problem of extending trust beyond blood ...

BBC Scare Quotes for Climate 'Scepticism' | 07/04/07
 It’s truly amazing, when you think about it, that after all the scare stories and ...

The Broken Society in Germany | 07/03/07
 Yes, yes.  For decades we have been worrying about little girls in ...

A Father Speaks | 07/02/07
 In these diverse postmodern days what should a father do?  The father of teenaged ...

Steyn on Immigration and the "Pork-filled Rooms" | 07/02/07
 How does he do it?  We are talking ...

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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


Education

“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


Knowledge

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


Chappies

“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


Action

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


Churches

[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


Conversion

“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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