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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 ...

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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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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