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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 ...

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


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


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


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


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”


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