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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. ...



“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


“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


“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


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 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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