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Daily Blogs for 8/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Karl Rove and Bush's Legacy | 08/31/07
 On his last day at the White House, long-time Bush aide ...

Bush to Help Subprime Borrowers(2) | 08/31/07
 Obviously some sort of assistance to financially strapped homeowners was coming down ...

How to Reclaim the Streets | 08/30/07
 In the old days, we all know, adults used to correct children who misbehaved.  ...

The Three Principles of Government | 08/30/07
 Now that I’m getting into the guts of ...

Blacks Move to SF Suburbs: Liberals Hardest Hit | 08/29/07
 The liberal issue de la semaine as we French linguists have it is blacks moving ...

Can Peaceful Christianity Beat Militant Islam? | 08/29/07
 Robert Spencer’s book ...

Is It Over Yet? | 08/28/07
 The Dow was down another 280 points today, and ...

Appoint a Special Prosecutor? | 08/28/07
 In the wake of the resignation of Albert Gonzales as Attorney ...

Fixing the System For Highways | 08/27/07
 Everyone is naturally outraged by the collapse of an interstate highway bridge over ...

The End of Secularism | 08/24/07
 I had tagged the New York Times Magazine article by Mark Lilla on ...

Education: What to Do?(1) | 08/23/07
 The other day, rancher, military expert, and college teacher ...

The Politics of Demonization(1) | 08/22/07
 Why do Democrats hate Karl Rove so much?  And why do Republicans hate Senator ...

Women Like Big Government(1) | 08/21/07
 Yes, they really do.  John Lott has run the numbers in his new book ...

A Conservatism of Fraternity | 08/21/07
 Let’s do some serious thinking.  That’s the watchword now we’ve ...

Your School Kid is "Invisible" | 08/20/07
 Senator Hillary Clinton has recently been reported asserting that ordinary people are ...

Bernanke's "Rookie Mistake?" | 08/20/07
 For the last two weeks the Federal Reserve Board and the European Central Bank have ...

Climate Change Deniers(2) | 08/17/07
 It’s turning out to be a rough year for the Climate Change ...

Dem Dodges on School Choice | 08/16/07
 Presidential candidate and United States Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) sent his children to ...

Rove on Rush | 08/15/07
 Karl Rove was on the Rush Limbaugh Program today for about 15 minutes, and spoke about ...

Time to Curb "Sanctuary Nation?" | 08/15/07
 The United States has laws to identify and pick up illegal aliens and deport ...

Beyond Rove, The Hard Thinking | 08/15/07
 Beyond the Rove Myth, there is reality, ...

Now They Tell Us | 08/14/07
 The much-typed “surge” is working.  Even the global MSM is noticing, ...

Karl Rove Resigns | 08/13/07
 Love him or hate him, Karl Rove is the outstanding Republican political operator of ...

End of Civil Liberties? | 08/10/07
 Is the new warrantless wiretapping law passed by Congress last weekend the end of ...

US Tipping Balance of Power in Mideast | 08/09/07
 It’s been notable to me that the o-called “surge” in Iraq has involved ...

Army Says Beauchamp Articles False | 08/08/07
 It looks like it could be time to start rolling out the long German words with respect ...

A New Look at the Industrial Revolution | 08/07/07
 Why did the industrial revolution begin in Britain?  And why did it begin in the ...

Education Fatties Won't Diet | 08/06/07
 The government education monopoly eats about $500 billion a year for K-12 ...

Is DailyKos Really Rush for Liberals? | 08/03/07
 We right-wingnuts and hatemongers look at the output of the DailyKos with ...

Bush Attacks Excess Dem Spending | 08/03/07
 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it’s “only” $22 billion.  But ...

What Voters Know That Isn't So | 08/01/07
 You can call it economic illiteracy, as ...

Murdoch Gets the Prize | 08/01/07
 Yesterday Rupert Murdoch finally overcame the finicky objections of the legacy Dow ...

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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


Sacrifice

[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


Postmodernism

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”


Pentecostalism

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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