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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 über-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 ...


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


[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


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”


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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