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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 ...


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

Racial Discrimination

[T]he way “to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,” Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District

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

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

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.


[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


[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values


Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization

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

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

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

Government Expenditure

The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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