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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


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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