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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 ...

 TAGS


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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