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Daily Blogs for 10/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

The Rest of the Credit Story | 10/31/08
 Here in the US we are naturally concerned about the damage that the mortgage meltdown ...

Poisoning the Chalice | 10/30/08
 For the past thirty years conservatives have been trying to reform the vast empire of ...

Spread-the-Wealth | 10/29/08
 Conservatives have been pushing the Obama-is-a-socialist meme pretty heavily in the ...

From Smarts to Song | 10/28/08
 You can often tell someone by trying to understand their enemies. You ask what the ...

One Tough Politician | 10/27/08
 You can’t tell a dog when it’s out hunting. You can only tell how good it ...

An Obama Market Panic? | 10/24/08
 Are the markets panicking at the prospect of an Obama presidency and his presciption ...

Stimulus, for Sure, But What Stimulus? | 10/23/08
 We’re at the point of the business cycle where governments enact bold stimulus ...

Two Americas Updated | 10/22/08
 Sometimes you learn more from losing than from winning. Lessons learned, and all ...

Good News on the Economy! | 10/21/08
 Yes, I know that it’s the end of civilization as we know it. But there are some ...

The Welfare State's Freeloader Problem | 10/20/08
 Here in Washington State we are voting this fall on Initiative 1029. It would require ...

Yes There is Room at the Inn | 10/17/08
 The post-WWII American conservative movement started out as an elite movement, with ...

Liberals and Joe the Plumber | 10/16/08
 My liberal friends like to put it this way: “Why is America ...

Could Republicans Reverse the Ratchet? | 10/15/08
 Go ahead America, some Republicans argue. Vote for Obama. Then when you suffer ...

After the Rescue | 10/14/08
 It looks as though the US Cavalry made it on time, and that Americans and indeed the ...

Street Cred for ukpublicspending.co.uk | 10/14/08
 The newest member in the vast firmament of our far flung web empire is the helpful ...

Sunspot Provokes Big Market Runup | 10/13/08
 If anyone needed to know what drives the stock market, this last weekend should have ...

Searching for the Answer | 10/10/08
 Everybody is searching for the reason for the meltdown and confidently trying to dig ...

"The Great Moderation" Did It? | 10/09/08
 Is there no end in sight? Today the market nosedived in the final hour of trading on ...

It's the Solvency Stupid | 10/08/08
 Monday and Tuesday the stock market tanked, and today it’s been on a ...

Obama, ACORN, and the Smoking Gun | 10/07/08
 Here’s the story so far on the mortgage crisis. In the 1970s the Carter ...

At the End of the World... | 10/06/08
 With stocks down seven percent in Europe and the United States today, it looks like ...

Hey Katie, May I Call You Joe? (Wink, Wink)(3) | 10/03/08
 My boxing days are over, but after the Vice-Presidential Debate last night I allowed ...

David Cameron's Greatest Speech | 10/01/08
 That’s what they are saying at ...

 TAGS


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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