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Daily Blogs for 9/2008

by Christopher Chantrill

What is a Mortgage Worth? | 09/30/08
 Enough of the partisan political rhetoric, already. Let’s think about the big ...

Our Unserious Politicians | 09/29/08
 Today the unserious House of Representatives ...

March towards the Sound of Guns. Not. | 09/25/08
 Back in the good old days, when armies marched on their feet rather than Humvees, they ...

Mr Potter is Buying! | 09/25/08
 Remember the run on the Bailey Brother Building and Loan in It’s a Wonderful ...

Close-coupled Character | 09/23/08
 I was commenting on the financial meltdown of 1907 at the ...

Dead Cat Bounce? | 09/22/08
 After two days soaring, stocks turned lower again today, with the Dow down 372.75 or ...

It's the Debt Stupid | 09/18/08
 So here we are, we hope, at the selling climax of this bear market, with the big Wall ...

An Eight-point Economic Plan | 09/17/08
 With the distractions of Palin Power and the earthquake on Wall Street, some of us are ...

Market Failure: Government is the Problem | 09/16/08
 The candidates rushed out statements on the Wall Street meltdown yesterday. According ...

The Arc of Celebrity | 09/12/08
 If you burst onto the scene, they say, your celebrity will last about 15 months unless ...

Why Palin Really Matters | 09/11/08
 Never mind the fun-and-games of the Palin candidacy> What started with the pure joy ...

Is Abortion the 21st Century Equivalent of Slavery? | 09/10/08
 In the ancient world, we know, slavery was ubiquitous. In ...

A Open Letter to Sen. Obama(1) | 09/09/08
 Here at Road to the Middle Class we are not exactly fans of ...

Fannie and Freddie Hit the Buffers | 09/09/08
 It was ...

Making It In Politics the Hard Way | 09/05/08
 Politics ain’t beanbag, right? But most prominent women get ahead the ...

Now It's Obama's Turn | 09/05/08
 My old Greek friend used to say that you can’t tell the worth of a dog when ...

The Mom vs. The One | 09/04/08
 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a polished speech last night in accepting the 2008 ...

Newt ImPales MSM on Experience Issue | 09/03/08
 Yesterday at the Republican National Conventions it looks like good old Newt had his ...

Another Camel's Nose Under the Conservative Tent | 09/02/08
 Some people reckon that the conservative movement is composed of three parts: the ...

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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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