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Daily Blogs for 1/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Three Legs Good, Six Legs Better | 01/31/08
 Ken Blackwell reminds us that the conservative coalition is not a just the ...

Against McCain | 01/31/08
 As he campaigns for the nomination of the Republican Party Senator John McCain ...

Florida: McCain over Romney(4) | 01/30/08
 It seems incredible that the “maverick” Senator John McCain is the ...

Fox Focus Group Response to SOTU | 01/29/08
 In his last State of the Union ...

Throw Money at Higher Ed? | 01/28/08
 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano want to spend more money on higher education ...

"Mansfield Park" Mis-Priced | 01/28/08
 Enough of politics and race cards. Let’s talk about real issues, like a ...

Party Splitting Time(1) | 01/25/08
 Everyone is accusing everyone else of splitting the party. On the Republican side it ...

Stimulus Plan Could Be Worse | 01/24/08
 Helicopter Money. That’s what Larry Kudlow calls it. The ...

The Economy: Now What? | 01/23/08
 Last week Wall Street was calling for a cut of 50 basis points in the Fed Funds rate. ...

Why Republicans Don't Appeal to Blacks | 01/22/08
 In an article about the identity politics now playing at a Democratic presidential ...

MLK, Roe, and Conservatism | 01/21/08
 A week ago presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got herself into hot water by making ...

Back of the Bus No More | 01/18/08
 It’s always good to hear the sensible words of the adults after a week or so of ...

Freakologic: Making Life Logical | 01/17/08
 After a stunning success with The Undercover ...

The Reagan-Bush Era Is Over(1) | 01/16/08
 Last Sunday Newt Gingrich went on George Stefanopoulos’ ABC ...

The Bonfire of the Multicultural Vanities | 01/15/08
 Does New York Times columnist ...

Dem Political Poker | 01/14/08
 In the last generation our Democratic card sharps have had a grand old time playing ...

Primaries Expose Party Splits | 01/14/08
 In a useful review of the campaign season thus far, ...

Liberal Fascism Over the Rainbow | 01/11/08
 Somewhere over the rainbowWay up highThere’s a land that I heard ...

The World's Cheapest Car: Tata Nano | 01/10/08
 Some things are more important than politics, as we all know.  The children, for ...

Clinton Gender Card Threepeat | 01/09/08
 Nobody ever accused the Clintons of modesty.  So it is not surprising that, in ...

Is the Right Wrong? | 01/09/08
 Ten years ago, ...

"Liberal Fascism" Hits the Shelves(1) | 01/08/08
 I got an email today from Barnes & Noble to tell me that my ...

Winning the Obama Way | 01/08/08
 They say that the Clintons invented and patented the politics of personal ...

What Is This Thing Called "Change?" | 01/07/08
 Dear old Rush is in better case today than he was Friday, on the day after the Iowa ...

The SST BizJet | 01/07/08
 Enough of the sainted Barack Obama starring in “The Fall of the House of ...

The Horse-race After Iowa | 01/04/08
 The glorious thing about presidential politics in the US is that it really is an open ...

Conservatives Need Not Apply | 01/03/08
 The august New York Times has decided to give conservative William Kristol a ...

On the Day Before | 01/02/08
 Tomorrow, Friday, January 3, 2008, they will start counting the first votes in the ...

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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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