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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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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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