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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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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


Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


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


Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


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


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


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


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


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


Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital


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