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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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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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