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  An American Manifesto
Friday May 29, 2015 
by Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter









1930s analysis

UK spending

US bailout

US gov debt

US budget

US revenue

US spending

sisters, sisters






Mutual aid




















Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Energy Calculator


Where's the Conservative Narrative We Need?

ON a day when former Speaker Denny Hastert gets indicted for paying hush money, Jonah Goldberg writes about the astonishingly low bar for Clinton misdeeds.

[E]very time there’s a new revelation about the unseemly practices of the Clintons, every time a new trough of documents or fresh disclosures come to light, scads of news outlets and Clinton spinners insist that “there’s no smoking gun” proving beyond all doubt that Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation did anything wrong.
Whatever happened to the Caesar's wife standard? How come that Denny Hastert, a private lobbyist, is in the dock and, e.g., Lois Lerner, a government official that seems to have grossly abused her power, isn't? And how come Hillary Clinton isn't under indictment right now for violating government record-keeping mandates?

Or what about the delicious interview between Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorini and Andrea Mitchell where Mitchell is clearly warning Fiorini that there's a lèse majesté problem with criticizing Hillary:
She's had a lifetime, though, in public service. Going back to before she was first lady in Arkansas. She can argue that she's got a record on women's issues, from the Beijing Women's Conference to all of her work with the Children's Defense Fund going up through the Senate, senator from New York, that’s a record. Secretary of state. How do you compare yourself to her? 
When, in a month of Sundays, has Mitchell ever defended a Republican white male like that?

Let's look at another notion, the "cares about people like me" metric used in presidential polls. It's said that Obama beat Romney roughly 80-20 on the cares-about-me question. Really? You might think that if you had been glued in front of your TV in summer 2012 and an endless roll of Joe Soptic commercials.  But come on: Mitt Romney's whole life has been about service to his church and showing up when asked. Barack Obama? Well, now that the elections are all over we are getting to see more and more of the small and narrow man inside the media bubble.

Conservatives often despair about winning the "cares about people like me" stakes. But I think we have been going about it all wrong. The way that Democrats frame it, it's all about feudalism. That's what the Joe Soptic ad was about. Romney was the lord of the manor; he should have sent his wife out to succor Soptic's wife with flannel and a basket of food.

That's all wrong for Republicans. What Republicans need to advertise is that they care about the responsible middle class, people who, in Sean Hannity's words, follow the rules, go to work, and obey the law. That's what Republicans did in the 1970s with the Silent Majority meme and Democrats hated it; they hated it because it worked. What Republicans need to hammer on again and again is that Republicans care about people who do the right thing, who get married, have children, save for college, help their community. And if the government or its bureaucrats or its activists come down on you, then Republicans will have your back.

It's my belief that the Obama boys have set this up beautifully for 2016. Where is the responsible middle-class person who is not worried about saying the wrong thing -- to a woman at work, perhaps -- and then losing his job, because sexism. Where is the Christian small business that doesn't wonder if some gay person will come through the door tomorrow and set them up for ruining their business, because homophobia? Where is the liberal college professor that does not worry about getting his career ruined by some "triggered" "studies" activist, because identity?

I was reading Charles Krauthammer's regular Friday column today where he mourns the awful time his fellow physicians are having, beset as they are by government, insurance companies, lawyers, and the dread electronic health records (EHR) mandate. But if you read the comments you can see very little sympathy for the docs. Hey, they seem to say, if the docs don't want to get with the program, they can quit.

Yes. No doubt. But the EHR initiative is a case of government coercion. It is government saying you will convert to our idea of what EHR should look like. Or else. Do we really care that little about government coercion in America in the 21st century?

It's strange to me how easily we accept government force. Perhaps it's because we mostly all work in some corporate bureaucracy, and so live in a world of corporate mandates. The mandate, for us, is our way of life; you suck it up and do what you are told, just like in the feudal era. Sucking up to the powerful is just what we all do.

But I yearn for a world where we don't suck up to the powerful, where the thing most honored in the public square is not the helpless victim or the cosseted "activist" but the responsible individual.

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Will Demographic "Diversity" End in Tears?

ALL across the world different races and religions are mixing it up as never before. Well, maybe not. Hey, maybe things were more mixed up in the Roman and the Ottoman Empires than right now. But never mind: we all think that the races and the cultures are mixing it up like never before. Against that the lands of the former Ottoman Empire right now are sorting into silos like mad in massacres ...

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Summing Up "By the People": We Want More

IN his latest book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Charles Murray asserts three propositions. First, the Constitution is broken. Second, we can fight back against the administrative regulatory state. Third, in a "diverse" nation there cannot be one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. Fourth, it's time to ridicule big government, because the gigantic state that the ...

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By the People: Part III: A Propitious Moment

IN his latest book Charles Murray has come up with a plan to push back against the oppressive regulatory state. We won't get there with normal political process, not even with a Republican president and Congress he writes in Part I of By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. See By the People: Part I: Where We Stand. It will take "civil disobedience" to fight back and in Part II ...

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“I Want a President”

Georg Simmel’s Sociology

Charles Murray’s By The People

Thomas Piketty’s Capital

The Spirit Level

McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Era”


Dems Reach Out to the White Working Class

ACCORDING TO liberal foot-soldier Doyle McManus in the LA Times, the Democrats are going to do a special reach-out to white working-class men in 2016. It’s easy to see why:

Democrats were once the party of the white working man — but that was a long time ago. In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won only one-third of the votes of white working-class men, a modern-day low. Mitt Romney, who ...

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Is Hillary Clinton Ready for the Real Story of the Patriarchy?

Back when Barack Obama was first elected President of the United States a liberal woman friend told me how excited she was to have elected the First Black President. ...

more | 04/20/15

Is "Social Justice Warrior" a Pejorative?

Liberals and their SJW Thugs Celebrate Holy Week

Let Talk About the Clueless Financial Regulators



RMC Contents
Chapter 1: After the Welfare State
Chapter 2: Down in South Carolina and Out in Brooklyn
Chapter 3: Awakenings of Monotheism
Chapter 4: The Nineteenth Century From the Top Down
Chapter 5: The Nineteenth Century From the Bottom Up

TO THE UPPER CRUST, the nineteenth century was a never-ending worry.  The old order was coming to an end, the cyclical world of agriculture and its wealth in land.... more

Chapter 6: Popular Religion in the Nineteenth Century


RMC Book of the Day

Bethell, Tom, The Noblest Triumph

RMC Books on Education

Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education

Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system

James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor

James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls

E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in

RMC Books on Law

Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century

F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law

Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract

John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present

RMC Books on Mutual Aid

James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.

David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century

David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again

David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland

RMC Books on Religion

David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China

Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation

Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world


The Changing Geography of Racial Opportunity
Minorities, black, Hispanic, Asian, doing better in red states with low costs and steady growth.

Why the Left Waged the #WaronNerds: They're Losing the Oppression Olympics
Why are the nerds and feminists fighting? Because they both think they are oppressed.

On Sentimentality and Compassion
why sentimentality can lead to hard-heartedness.

Charles Murray's By the People an Anti-Democratic Manifesto
New Republic doesn't like Murray's new book proposing non-violent resistance to big government.

The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades
Sean Trende shows GOP strongest in decades.

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Take the Test!


Work to restore the Road to the Middle Class. Here’s how. Ground it in faith. Grade it with education. Protect it with mutual aid. Defend it with the law. more>>


The Road to the Middle Class is a journey from a world of power to a world of trust and love. In religion, it is a journey from power gods that respond to sacrifice and augury to the God who makes a covenant with mankind. In education, it is a journey from the world of the spoken word to the world of the written word. In community, it is the journey from dependence on blood kin and upon clientage under a great lord to the mutual aid and the rules of the self-governing fraternal association. In law it is the journey from the violence of force and feud to the kingŽs peace, the law of contract, and private property.



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


“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

China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


[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

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust

Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


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