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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 ...

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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


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


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


Knowledge

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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