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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 ...


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


[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


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”


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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