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Daily Blogs for 8/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

Sarah Palin, the Real Thing from Alaska | 08/30/08
 At first blush Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) seems like an unlikely choice as running ...

Obama Wows His Supporters, At Least | 08/29/08
 Obama supporters seem as pleased as punch this morning after his acceptance speech at ...

Dems Just Don't Like Free Speech | 08/28/08
 First it was the outrage over the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. How dare they attack ...

Bill is Still the Champ | 08/28/08
 What else can you say after Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention? President ...

But She Just Isn't Likeable | 08/27/08
 Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) did a workmanlike job in her speech last night on the ...

Ted's a Liberal and Michelle's a Mom | 08/26/08
 That’s what we learned at the Democratic National Convention on Monday ...

Dems Cheer Criticism of Teacher Unions! | 08/25/08
 Have our Democratic friends reached an inflection point on ...

McCain's Luck or Smarts? | 08/23/08
 How did he do it? How did Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) come from a campaign written off as ...

Let's Not Repeat The New Deal Follies | 08/22/08
 A couple of years ago Amity Shlaes wrote The ...

BritCons Challenge Labour on "Fairness" | 08/20/08
 Every conservative knows about “fairness.” That’s the line that our ...

Rick Warren's "Civil" Project | 08/20/08
 Most people agree that it was Roe v. Wade that created the Christian Right. ...

Left Tries a Bit of Swiftboating | 08/19/08
 What is “Swiftboating?” According to ...

Obama's "Pay Grade" | 08/18/08
 Our liberal friends do a pretty good job obfuscating the line between law and morality ...

A Look at the Obama Economy | 08/15/08
 You think? After three years of a lackluster Obama administration a resurgent Senator ...

Protect the Government University from Bigots! | 08/14/08
 You gotta love the fun that columnist ...

Dems and Their Special Interests | 08/13/08
 The way our Democratic friends tell it, Big Oil and Big Drug are evil special ...

How's Your Soft Power Today? | 08/12/08
 Back in the good old days the lilberal Joseph Nye regaled us with the importance of ...

Life without Newspapers Will Be Just Fine | 08/11/08
 Life is rough for the folks in the metropolitan newspaper business, and some people ...

Lopez Lomong: US Soft Power | 08/08/08
 Our liberal friends, led by Joseph Nye and his book ...

Catch 22 on Drilling | 08/07/08
 Our Democratic friends, led by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), insist that we can’t ...

McCain and the Internet | 08/06/08
 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) don’t know nothin’ about the internet. Doesn’t ...

Dueling Energy Futures | 08/05/08
 Republicans believe that we should let the market figure out the future of energy. ...

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Dies at 89 | 08/04/08
 What can we say about ...

Good Old Rush | 08/01/08
 Rush Limbaugh was just getting into a riff about the stupidity of Sen. Barack ...

Beware the Hip Urbanites, Mr. Obama | 08/01/08
 That’s what Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill recommend in ...


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

Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


“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

Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures

German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


“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

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


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


[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


“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

Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

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