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Daily Blogs for 11/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Is it Bush 3 or Clinton 3? | 11/28/08
 When President-elect Obama ran for office Republicans and conservatives were terrified ...

Watching Science 2.0 | 11/26/08
 The current scientific research model, call it Science 1.0, was invented by the ...

Obama's Center Right Team | 11/25/08
 Some conservatives seem non-plussed by President-elect Obama’s picks for Treasury ...

Occam's Razor Cuts Again | 11/24/08
 It’s a red letter day for us global warming deniers. Over at ...

Here's Obama! | 11/21/08
 Everybody’s been asking: “Where’s Obama” on just about everything. ...

What New Deal? | 11/21/08
 Rumor has it that Obama’s advisors are planning some sort of a Big Bang program ...

Not Your Father's GOP | 11/19/08
 Kathleen Parker is a conservative columnist who went off the reservation during the ...

Bail-out for the Banks but not for Detroit? | 11/19/08
 If we can spend $700 billion on a bank bail-out why not spend a measly $25 billion on ...

Those Pesky Russkie UHIs(1) | 11/17/08
 Last week was great fun for global warming deniers. There was an almighty cock-up on ...

The Social Liberal/Economic Conservative Chimera | 11/14/08
 Why don’t conservatives just give up on the social conservatism, a lot of people ...

PJ's Lament | 11/13/08
 Poor old P.J. O’Rourke is singing the blues. In a post-election lament in The ...

President Bush a Conservative? | 11/12/08
 Is Bush really a conservative? That’s what some conservatives were asking back ...

Honoring Our Veterans | 11/11/08
 This world is not a world of peace and justice. It is a world of violence and ...

Defining the Modern Foundation | 11/10/08
 I’ve been reading liberal Canadian philosopher ...

The Party of Aspiration | 11/08/08
 The ...

Back to Basics | 11/07/08
 OK. We’ve congratulated President-elect Barack Obama on his victory. Now ...

A Great Day for America | 11/05/08
 Yesterday the voters of the United States elected their first non-white president. ...

Am I Still a Conservative? | 11/05/08
 I did it. I ventured out into a nest of happy voting Democrats in the heart of ...

Vote for Barack Obama? Or Fred Smith? | 11/03/08
 If you vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) maybe he’ll spread the wealth around. ...

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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


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


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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