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Tuesday October 21, 2014 
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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! | 09/24/08
 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 | 09/08/08
 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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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


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


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


Knowledge

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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