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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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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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