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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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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


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


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


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Socialism equals Animism

Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


Sacrifice

[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


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.


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


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


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


Physics, Religion, and Psychology

Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


Pentecostalism

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


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