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Daily Blogs for 12/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Christian Right Does Direct Democracy | 12/31/08
 Did you know that abortion is the biggest item in “protest” activity? Yep. ...

Naomi Klein's Latest Lefty Screed | 12/29/08
 Naomi Klein is a lefty journalist and author, daughter of anti-war Sixties parents ...

The Universe of Hope | 12/24/08
 If you want real Hope and Change, don’t expect it from a politician. You are ...

NYT: Bush to Blame for Mortgage Meltdown! | 12/23/08
 Let’s say it up front. President Bush was not early enough or firm enough in ...

The Corruption and the Temptation | 12/22/08
 Up until the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt the Democratic Party was split ...

Music Really Is the Food of Love | 12/19/08
 Count Orsino in Twelfth Night was one of the most pompous lovers ever. What ...

The Kennedys Ain't What They Used To Be | 12/18/08
 Nobody could say that the Kennedy political machine didn’t practice nepotism. Old ...

Pushing on a String | 12/18/08
 At this stage of the business cycle pundits usually talk about the Fed pushing on a ...

Were Talent-spotters Right on Obama? | 12/16/08
 Federal Appeal Court Judge and ├╝ber-liberal Abner Mikva was an early patron of ...

Brit Laborites Propose Welfare Reform | 12/16/08
 They said it wouldn’t work. They said that millions of children would ...

Double Whammy Morning | 12/12/08
 Faced with the failure of the ...

What About a Stimulus That Works! | 12/12/08
 Everyone agrees that what the world needs now is Stimulus. But what kind of ...

Politics and Programs and Corruption | 12/10/08
 Everyone is chuckling about the criminal allegations made against Illinois Governor ...

Our Liberal Dominator Hierarchy | 12/10/08
 Is the bad old days of the feudal era and the patriarchy, if you can remember back ...

Wal-Mart's FEMA Actually Delivers | 12/09/08
 Liberals hate Wal-Mart. Well, they do. They hate Wal-Mart because it puts Main ...

Rebuilding the Conservative Story Part III: Elevator Story | 12/05/08
 We’ve spent the last couple of days talking about the conservative story. What ...

Rebuilding the Conservative Story Part II: Mission Statement | 12/04/08
 Yesterday we triumphantly designed a ...

Rebuilding the Conservative Story Part I: Vision Statement | 12/03/08
 Before we get to the specifics and the personalities of the glorious conservative ...

Anthro Knickers in a Twist | 12/03/08
 I’d never heard of ...

After Mumbai | 12/01/08
 The big question about “islamic extremism” is whether to consider it a ...

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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