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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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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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