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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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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


Sacrifice

[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


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


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”


Pentecostalism

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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