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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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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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