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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 ...

 TAGS


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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


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


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


Postmodernism

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy


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


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


Religion, Property, and Family

But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


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


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


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