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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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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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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