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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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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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Conservatism

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


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


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