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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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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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