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Daily Blogs for 5/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Obama's Summer Trip | 05/30/08
 Our chaps have been doing a good job lately investigating Sen. Barack Obama’s ...

Die, Conservatives, Die! | 05/29/08
 That’s the message of George Packer in a long New Yorker piece on ...

Turning the Terrorists | 05/28/08
 Young men are natural-born killers. They love to fight and to kill. That is why it ...

Eevil Wal-Mart and Healthcare | 05/27/08
 Wal-Mart is sinking its eevil corporate fangs into health care, and nobody is doing ...

Obama's Iran Gaffe | 05/23/08
 When a Republican makes a gaffe it’s usually a career-ender. Or at least it ...

A Word from Tom DeLay | 05/22/08
 We haven’t heard too much lately from Tom DeLay, the architect, after Newt ...

The Next Batch of Rejects | 05/21/08
 A generation ago, in 1980, I went to the Republican precinct caucus to nominate George ...

Message to BillG: Try Freedom in Education | 05/20/08
 Billionaire Bill Gates made a fortune in the software business, doing stuff without ...

Reality on Judicial Activism | 05/20/08
 Now we conservatives are all in a tizzy about the California Supreme Court’s ...

Now She Tells Us | 05/16/08
 After the “stunning” loss of a special congressional election in ...

Enviro-racism | 05/15/08
 Environmentalists are racists. And sexists, and classists. Think that’s a ...

Polar Bear Threatened | 05/15/08
 With the listing of the ...

Conservatives: Be Not Afraid | 05/13/08
 According to the opinion polls, over 80 percent of Americans think that the US is on ...

America Moving to the Middle? | 05/12/08
 Everyone says that they are fed up with the partisanship of the past decade. In ...

BritCon Throws Down Gauntlet | 05/10/08
 Lots of people think that British Conservative Party leader David Cameron is a ...

The Happiness Quotient | 05/08/08
 First he discovered that conservative religious people give more, in ...

Last Refuge of a Liberal | 05/07/08
 Great news! Hillary Clinton, fighting for the people against the elites, vows to ...

Now It's the Vast Elite Conspiracy | 05/07/08
 That Hillary Clinton is some smart girl. It was she, ten years ago, who fearlessly ...

Changing the Terms of the Debate | 05/05/08
 After the Conservative Party’s local election win in Britain last week, ...

Employment: Household Survey Up Big Time | 05/02/08
 Here we go again. The Labor Department’s ...

Congress Can't Do Nothin' Right | 05/01/08
 Thank goodness for one thing. What with the spiraling increase in food prices the ...

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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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