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Daily Blogs for 3/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

How Could This Happen, Say Libs | 03/31/08
 You gotta love our liberal friends. Here we should be wiping the floor with the ...

Just One Day In The News | 03/28/08
 Over on the right at Road to the Middle Class we run a ticker of ...

Benedict XVI Baptizes a Muslim | 03/27/08
 What are we to think of the provocative act consummated by Pope Benedict XVI during ...

Obama Ain't No Jackie Robinson | 03/26/08
 Back in 1947, relates ...

Bernanke's ARM Assist | 03/25/08
 TV personality and Wall Street man ...

Democrats and Race | 03/24/08
 One of the things we conservatives constantly try to do is step out of the default ...

"We're Owed and They Aren't" | 03/21/08
 Writing in The American Thinker ...

Too Big To Fail | 03/20/08
 What do we do about institutions, particularly financial institutions, that are ...

Obama Fails the Test | 03/19/08
 Everyone agrees that Senator Barack Obama ...

A National Conversation on Race | 03/18/08
 For as long as I can remember liberals have liked to suggest that we need a ...

Another Day Another Dollar | 03/17/08
 Is there enough fear out there after the Fed moved in to stop the rot at mortgage ...

Double Standard on Bigotry | 03/14/08
 One thing that conservatives and Republicans really know. When we step into the ...

Bill Buckley Didn't Like Writing | 03/13/08
 What a grand life Bill Buckley had, doing what he loved, and being so good at it. ...

CA Homeschooling Decision an Opportunity | 03/13/08
 Conservatives and homeschooling parents are naturally worried and upset over the ...

Free Speech Means Free Speech | 03/12/08
 University of Notre Dame president Father John Jenkins has ...

To Ease or Not to Ease | 03/11/08
 When the economy turns south, what should the politicians do? Sometimes they do too ...

Fiddling with the Rules | 03/10/08
 If you talk to your Democratic friends they will sometimes wander off into a ...

Employers Cut 63,000 Jobs in February(1) | 03/07/08
 The lede in the New York Sun, reported by ...

"Sexism" in Science(1) | 03/06/08
 At Harvard University, writes Christina Hoff Sommers, they have a ...

Not Just a 50-50 Nation | 03/05/08
 Mark it down. It’s not just a 50-50 Nation any more. Everyone agrees that ...

Texas v. Ohio(4) | 03/04/08
 As Texas and Ohio voters go to the polls the Wall Street Journal edit page ...

Dems Trash NAFTA | 03/03/08
 Democrats like to tell us how they believe in science—unlike those ...

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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


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


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


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


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


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”


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


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