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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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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


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