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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 | 09/08/07
 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


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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