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Daily Blogs for 2/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Race Bureaucrat Worries About Obama | 02/29/08
 The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain has created a ...

Media Turns on Clintons | 02/28/08
 The fundamental thing to understand about the media is the blood-in-the-water ...

Bill Buckley Dead at 82 | 02/27/08
 Even the New York Times agrees that William F. Buckley, Jr., dead at 82, was ...

When Liberals Write About Religion | 02/26/08
 Ever since the Enlightenment liberals have liked to talk about religion as something ...

NYT Trashes Working Women | 02/25/08
 In politics, or at least the politics of personal destruction, anything ...

Obama: Read the Commenters | 02/22/08
 Never mind about the vapid messianic tone of the Obama campaign.  Never mind ...

"Another Reagan" Wouldn't Run | 02/21/08
 Today’s Republicans all live in hope of “another Reagan.”  Not a ...

Really Proud of America | 02/20/08
 Liberals have always had a real problem feeling proud of America.  In fact you ...

Clintons Snark on Obama | 02/19/08
 Our good friends at Clinton Central are shocked, shocked that Senator Barack Obama has ...

Castro Steps Down At Last | 02/19/08
 Lefties say the darnedest things.  That’s because they regard the ...

Obama's Immigration Problem | 02/18/08
 It’s no secret that the Democratic Party is a lot more “liberal” on ...

Obama-the-Empty-Suit Day | 02/15/08
 Funny how our noble punditoriate all manage to write the same story on the same ...

Valentines for McCain | 02/14/08
 It’s Valentine’s Day, so every Republican pundit is sending flowers to John ...

Obama in the Driver's Seat? | 02/13/08
 After Senator Barack Obama convincingly won the Potomac Primary yesterday, is it time ...

The Problem Isn't Just McCain | 02/12/08
 In the aftermath of Senator John McCain’s presumptive victory last week in the ...

The Trouble with an Establishment of Religion | 02/11/08
 Everyone has something to say about the Archbishop of Canterbury and his suggestion ...

Democrats: Safeway vs. Whole Foods | 02/08/08
 Those of us cursed with a conservative temperament view the current Democratic race ...

Romney Out | 02/07/08
 They called him a flip-flopper and a robocandidate, but mostly Presidential Candidate ...

After Super Tuesday: Wait Until 2009!(2) | 02/06/08
 Our Democratic friends are racing towards the nomination in a dead heat. They are all ...

McCain: Why Does He Do It? | 02/05/08
 Why is it that Senator John McCain’s is most impressive when sliming other ...

Big Spending Increase in US Budget | 02/04/08
 It’s "Dead on Arrival." That’s what the Democrats like to say when a ...

Ted Kennedy Calls The Clintons Out | 02/01/08
 It is certainly a moment, when Ted Kennedy comes out for Barack Obama and disses the ...


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

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“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

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“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

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


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


[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


“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

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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