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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 ...

 TAGS


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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