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Daily Blogs for 6/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Conservatives Obtuse on '60s Civil Rights | 06/30/08
 Why was it that Sen. Barry Goldwater voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act? A ...

Heller and "Select Militias" | 06/27/08
 The big takeaway for me on the Second Amendment case of ...

Heller Doesn't End It | 06/26/08
 Today the United States Supreme Court in ...

Are You Sure, Dems? | 06/25/08
 If you scratch a Democrat this year, you will probably find someone who feels like ...

What's So Depressing? | 06/24/08
 Women are twice as likely to be depressed as men, writes ...

Wright Was Almost Right | 06/23/08
 Everyone understands that messages often get garbled in transmission. Teachers ...

The Age of Anti-Heroes and Anti-Modesty | 06/20/08
 At the beginning of his remarkable book Honor: A ...

The GOP Energy Raid | 06/19/08
 For years the liberals have been telling us that we needed to end our addiction to ...

Free the Subprime Six! | 06/18/08
 So what if Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) got sweetheart mortgages ...

The Gay Marriage Question | 06/17/08
 Now that the California Supreme Court has spoken about gay marriage, it’s time ...

Who Gives and Who Takes? | 06/16/08
 Who knew? Back in 2006 Arthur C. Brooks published ...

Liberal Lawyers Notch Another One | 06/13/08
 To conservatives the decision of the US Supreme Court to give the detainees at ...

McCain Clueless on Energy | 06/12/08
 Is John McCain really clueless on energy? Or is he just pretending? He talked ...

The D'Oh-bama Factor | 06/11/08
 You have to wonder, as Barack Obama stumbles from one gaffe to another. Is he really ...

Liberals are Different From You and Me... | 06/10/08
 It’s like the old saying: “The rich are different from you and me. They ...

Left Doesn't Like Free Speech | 06/09/08
 Everyone is properly outraged at the quasi-legal proceedings of the British Columbia ...

Labor Market Turmoil | 06/06/08
 The equity markets are off sharply today and you can see why. No, it’s not ...

Obama's Vision for America | 06/05/08
 Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) gave a speech on Tuesday obviously intended to be a ...

Obama We Hardly Know Ye | 06/04/08
 As Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) becomes the presumptive presidential nominee of the ...

MSM: What Took You So Long? | 06/03/08
 Conservatives are having a grand old time this election season watching the Clintons ...

"The Metrics Pointed to Failure" | 06/02/08
 One of the key things to understand about human conflict (and that means human life in ...

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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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