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Daily Blogs for 7/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

L'Esprit d'Escalier at KPLU | 07/30/08
 Last night I went into the belly of the beast to the taping of a roundtable at the ...

What Ails Education? | 07/29/08
 What’s wrong with education in the United States? It used to be that Americans ...

Who Cares About Inner City Schools? | 07/28/08
 According to Sen. Barack Obama, the conservative solution to pervasive school failure ...

President Bush and Blacks | 07/25/08
 President Bush’s domestic signature in 2000 was “compassionate ...

Obama's Secret Mission | 07/24/08
 It can now be told. The reason for Barack Obama is simple. He has been sent down to ...

The Mess in the Academe | 07/23/08
 In her latest article marriage advocate ...

What the NYT Wouldn't Print | 07/22/08
 The flap over The New York Times refusing to print an oped by John McCain is a ...

Obama and Berlin | 07/22/08
 Politicians are creatures of their staff. And this becomes even more so as we climb ...

A Good Denier Day | 07/18/08
 First a note to our readers. The American Physical Society wants you to know that the ...

Liberals' Race Crutch | 07/18/08
 Affirmative action opponent ...

Everyone Doesn't Do it | 07/16/08
 Everyone agrees, don’t they, that candidates appeal to the base in their primary ...

The Business of Government Isn't Business | 07/15/08
 President Calvin Coolidge famously proclaimed that “the business of America is ...

What About the Real Problem with Obama? | 07/14/08
 The oh so sophisticated New Yorker has ...

Who Are the Top One Percent? | 07/11/08
 Yesterday we looked at the IRS’s most revealing ...

Only the Rich Pay Taxes (update) | 07/10/08
 The IRS keeps a handy-dandy spreadsheet on the federal income tax. The latest ...

Vanity of Vanities | 07/09/08
 Jane Austen’s last complete novel, ...

More Capital Needed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac | 07/09/08
 Yesterday, shares in Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored Federal National Mortgage ...

The Trouble With Faith-based Initiatives | 07/07/08
 Back when President Bush was pushing his idea for faith-based organizations to have ...

Clark's McCain Put-down | 07/03/08
 You and I can only guess at the tactical political calculations of presidential ...

New Hope for Global Warming Deniers | 07/02/08
 There are some of us, and we are few, who reflexively recoil from the latest liberal ...

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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


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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