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Daily Blogs for 4/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

MoveOn dot Next? | 04/30/08
 Now that Sen. Barack has “courageously” thrown his pastor under the bus, ...

Defining Obama for America | 04/29/08
 The first rule of politics, they say, is to define yourself and your opponent before ...

Those Aborted Black Babies | 04/28/08
 One of the whackier aspects of Reverend Wright’s sophisticated worldview is the ...

You Can't Say That | 04/25/08
 Our lefty friends call it “controlling the narrative.” In plain English it ...

The Company You Keep | 04/24/08
 Remember the old saying? You can tell a man by the company he keeps. On the ...

What Price Education? | 04/23/08
 When you subsidize sometehing then you get more of it. If you subsidize ...

Liberals Against the Tide | 04/22/08
 Last week the US Supreme Court decided a Kentucky ...

Obama's Three Unforced Errors | 04/21/08
 Government is always the rule of the few over the many. Always. You may think ...

The Way to Rise in America | 04/18/08
 Today America’s thoughtful Mom, ...

Dems Get Tough Questions | 04/17/08
 Democratic partisans are outraged today after ABC’s Charlie Gibson and George ...

McCain: Dem Tax Increase is "Change" | 04/16/08
 We knuckle-dragging bitter-end conservative Republicans have been worried about John ...

Theocracy Here We Come! | 04/15/08
 Liberals have been worrying for six years about the looming theocracy. Well, ...

Liberals' and Obama's God Problem | 04/14/08
 A liberal friend confided the other day that Democrats were having a problem ...

Politics is Politics, But... | 04/11/08
 Are you becoming as offended as I am by the Democrats’ unilateralist approach to ...

Is Google Smart or What? | 04/10/08
 Earlier this week a new website went up. It is ...

Are We Safe, Mr. President? | 04/09/08
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tells it like it is. Yesterday, he told his ...

The Real Meaning of Honor | 04/07/08
 Honor is a much abused word. Mostly it is abused by people who say: How dare ...

More People Entering Work Force | 04/04/08
 The unemployment rate was out today, up to 5.1 percent. As usual the headline ...

Who's The Fighter? | 04/03/08
 Academics and government employees like Barack Obama for president, writes ...

Dem Divide: It Really Isn't Funny | 04/02/08
 It’s easy for Republicans to snigger at the problems the Democrats are having in ...

Education vs. Family | 04/01/08
 In the sleeper movie hit ...

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Action

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


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


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


Churches

[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


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


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”


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


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


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


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


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


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


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