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Daily Blogs for 9/2007

by Christopher Chantrill

Teenagers Getting Drunk(1) | 09/28/07
 Back in the good old day kids used to drink a little here and there, you know, back ...

Thomas: Confirmation Was All About Abortion | 09/27/07
 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is appearing on 60 Minutes this Sunday ...

Why Some Cultures Don't Die | 09/27/07
 What with the decline of the west—particularly the demographic collapse in ...

Fifty Years After Little Rock(1) | 09/26/07
 The confrontation at Little Rock, Arkansas, fifty years ago, was the moment where the ...

Race Commission Out in UK | 09/25/07
 Those of you who believe that in the modern world we should judge people by the ...

Then Why Are We Arguing?(1) | 09/24/07
 Everyone agrees that President George W. Bush is determined to “win” in ...

'I'm a Supply-Sider' says Bush | 09/21/07
 Thanks goodness we can finally report that Bush is not in denial.  Yes, before a ...

Conservatives Jumped to Support Chemerinsky | 09/20/07
 Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinksy is about as left as you can get.  ...

Dueling Health Plans | 09/19/07
 This week Senator Clinton (D-NY) announced her new approach to health care, ...

Fed Cuts by 0.5 Point | 09/18/07
 Today the Federal Reserve Board cut its federal funds rate by 0.5 point reports ...

Raise Taxes Why Don't You(1) | 09/17/07
 Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is now chairman of the House Ways and Means ...

Politics and the Classroom | 09/17/07
 Good news from Iran, reported by ...

Call Me Mary not Maricruz(1) | 09/14/07
 What is happening out there, with respect to the mortgage meltdown and ...

Putting the MoveOn.orgers on the Couch | 09/14/07
 All animals live by killing.  That’s the awful truth that we spend our lives ...

Fighting for Kids in Utah | 09/13/07
 The Utah Education Association has got $3 million from the National Education ...

How Economic Crackpots Devoured American Politics | 09/12/07
 Conservatives and Republicans keep hoping that liberals will actually admit that ...

Bush Prepares the Domestic Battlefield | 09/12/07
 We’ve said here repeatedly that the one thing that the Bush administration needs ...

Could Bush Have Brought Dems Aboard? | 09/11/07
 Six years after ...

Americans Get the Big Picture | 09/10/07
 Today as Gen. Petraeus reports to Congress on the limited results of the ...

Being Unserious about Don Rumsfeld | 09/10/07
 If you were given the opportunity to interview former Secretary of Defense Donald ...

Mortgage Mess Hits Real Economy | 09/07/07
 Stocks are in broad retreat today on the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly ...

Pavarotti: Singers on The Voice | 09/06/07
 Luciano Pavarotti, primo tenore assoluto of our times, died September 6 ...

Chuck Schumer Doesn't Get It | 09/06/07
 Many conservatives have reacted with outrage to the remarks by Sen. Chuck Schumer ...

DeLay Hammers Lauer(1) | 09/05/07
 You have to hand it to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.  He believes that ...

Yet There's a Welder Shortage(1) | 09/04/07
 Everybody knows that the industrial sector is shrinking leaving behind a creaking Rust ...

Conservatives on Horn of Dilemma | 09/03/07
 Hey, this isn’t hard, insists ...

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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


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.


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


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


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


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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