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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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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


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


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


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


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


Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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