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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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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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


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


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


Postmodernism

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


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


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


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


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


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


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