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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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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


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


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


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


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


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.


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


Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Pentecostalism

Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization


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