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Daily Blogs for 9/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Teenagers Getting Drunk(1) | 09/28/07
 Back in the good old day kids used to drink a little here and there, you know, back ...

Thomas: Confirmation Was All About Abortion | 09/27/07
 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday ...

Why Some Cultures Don't Die | 09/27/07
 What with the decline of the west—particularly the demographic collapse in ...

Fifty Years After Little Rock(1) | 09/26/07
 The confrontation at Little Rock, Arkansas, fifty years ago, was the moment where the ...

Race Commission Out in UK | 09/25/07
 Those of you who believe that in the modern world we should judge people by the ...

Then Why Are We Arguing?(1) | 09/24/07
 Everyone agrees that President George W. Bush is determined to “win” in ...

'I'm a Supply-Sider' says Bush | 09/21/07
 Thanks goodness we can finally report that Bush is not in denial.  Yes, before a ...

Conservatives Jumped to Support Chemerinsky | 09/20/07
 Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinksy is about as left as you can get.  ...

Dueling Health Plans | 09/19/07
 This week Senator Clinton (D-NY) announced her new approach to health care, ...

Fed Cuts by 0.5 Point | 09/18/07
 Today the Federal Reserve Board cut its federal funds rate by 0.5 point reports ...

Raise Taxes Why Don't You(1) | 09/17/07
 Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is now chairman of the House Ways and Means ...

Politics and the Classroom | 09/17/07
 Good news from Iran, reported by ...

Call Me Mary not Maricruz(1) | 09/14/07
 What is happening out there, with respect to the mortgage meltdown and ...

Putting the MoveOn.orgers on the Couch | 09/14/07
 All animals live by killing.  That’s the awful truth that we spend our lives ...

Fighting for Kids in Utah | 09/13/07
 The Utah Education Association has got $3 million from the National Education ...

How Economic Crackpots Devoured American Politics | 09/12/07
 Conservatives and Republicans keep hoping that liberals will actually admit that ...

Bush Prepares the Domestic Battlefield | 09/12/07
 We’ve said here repeatedly that the one thing that the Bush administration needs ...

Could Bush Have Brought Dems Aboard? | 09/11/07
 Six years after ...

Americans Get the Big Picture | 09/10/07
 Today as Gen. Petraeus reports to Congress on the limited results of the ...

Being Unserious about Don Rumsfeld | 09/10/07
 If you were given the opportunity to interview former Secretary of Defense Donald ...

Mortgage Mess Hits Real Economy | 09/08/07
 Stocks are in broad retreat today on the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly ...

Pavarotti: Singers on The Voice | 09/06/07
 Luciano Pavarotti, primo tenore assoluto of our times, died September 6 ...

Chuck Schumer Doesn't Get It | 09/06/07
 Many conservatives have reacted with outrage to the remarks by Sen. Chuck Schumer ...

DeLay Hammers Lauer(1) | 09/05/07
 You have to hand it to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  He believes that ...

Yet There's a Welder Shortage(1) | 09/04/07
 Everybody knows that the industrial sector is shrinking leaving behind a creaking Rust ...

Conservatives on Horn of Dilemma | 09/03/07
 Hey, this isn’t hard, insists ...


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


“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


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


“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


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


[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


“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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