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Daily Blogs for 1/2009

by Christopher Chantrill

Can Obama Stimulate Republicans? | 01/30/09
 After the thunder of the Wall Street Journal conservative edit-page folks, now ...

That Stimulus Sickness | 01/29/09
 Everybody now knows what happens when the government decides to give everyone ...

Stimulating Democratic Voters | 01/28/09
 Here’s a thought for you eternal optimists. Maybe the Democratic stimulus bill ...

When in "Doubt" | 01/27/09
 When I saw a trailer for the Meryl Streep movie “Doubt” I was turned off. ...

Liberal Law Takes Freedom Away | 01/26/09
 It’s amazing how many people look at the current sue-mad society and wonder ...

Rove Sets Out Bush Legacy | 01/23/09
 People haven’t been obsessing about Bush’s legacy the way they obsessed over ...

The Liberal Tipping Point | 01/22/09
 I sent this to some liberal friends on January 20: I think we should ...

After the Bailout | 01/21/09
 Many conservatives are skeptical about the bank bailout last fall. All that money ...

Godspeed President Obama | 01/20/09
 President Obama issued a strong call to service in his ...

MLK Vision Fulfilled, say Blacks(1) | 01/19/09
 On the first Martin Luther King holiday since Barack Obama was elected President of ...

Bush Farewell Address | 01/16/09
 Last night President Bush, with one weekend left of his term as President of the ...

China's Cultural Wrench | 01/15/09
 If you are willing to read just one thing on China, try ...

Muslims Return to Sacrifice | 01/14/09
 What is the meaning of sacrifice? Frederick Turner defines it this way. ...

WattsUp, Pharyngula and Robbers Cave | 01/14/09
 It’s a nip and tuck battle today between ...

Joe the Plumber Asks a Question | 01/12/09
 Joe the Plumber goes to Israel and insists to a flock of media that he is not the ...

Pelosi's Politics | 01/10/09
 I often like to say that the Democrats have learned nothing from the last 30 years of ...

RU Sophisticated? | 01/09/09
 Time was, Paul Johnson writes, when “sophisticated” was a ...

If Ann Coulter Didn't Exist... | 01/07/09
 Exactly. We’d have to invent her. And if liberals didn’t have such pompous ...

Why the Culture War Matters | 01/07/09
 Why is it that performers at cultural events seem to think it is ok to make ...

A Good Year for Climate "Deniers" | 01/06/09
 The whole point about being a conservative is to stand against liberal group-think. ...

Voters Think Dems are "Center Right" | 01/03/09
 You gotta give President-elect Obama credit. He managed to get the voters to think ...

The Conservative View from 2008 | 01/01/09
 Because so much happened in 2008 on such an epic scale, it is hard to know what it ...

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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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