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Daily Blogs for 1/2005

by Christopher Chantrill

Iraq Election: Handing Out Medals | 01/31/05
 After the spectacular turnout in Sunday´s Iraq election, it´s time to name names, as ...

Turner: The Iraq Election in Verse | 01/31/05
 Frederick Turner thinks that the Iraq election should be ...

Steyn: Four More Wars | 01/28/05
 While many conservatives are tiring of the War on Terror, Mark Steyn rings down Full ...

More on the New England Vapors | 01/27/05
 While Larry Summers completes his re-education course somewhere in New England, George ...

Spengler: Americans Can't Do Tragedy | 01/27/05
 You can´t put one over on Spengler. He´s right there in the front rank complaining ...

Forming and Breaking Relationships Easily | 01/26/05
 No, this is not about divorce. It is about the nature of social relationships generally. ...

Ken Mehlman Lays Down a Marker | 01/25/05
 You can´t make it any clearer than this. Ken Mehlman ...

Ankle Biters Get Teeth into Inaugural Speech | 01/25/05
 Loyal liberal E.J. Dionne ...

Brit Bobbies Lost Key to Gun Cupboard | 01/23/05
 Don´t cancel your British vaction, it was nearly a century ago when London bobbies ...

Bush Supporters Wonder What It Means | 01/21/05
 Reagan/Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan worries that the President has ...

Brit Pundit Says Don't Count US Out | 01/21/05
 A writer from the London Times ...

Inaugural Sour Grapes | 01/20/05
 For the last couple of weeks Democrats have been complaining about the cost of the Bush ...

Brits on Bush: It ain't over yet | 01/20/05
 A Brit at the London Times does a think piece on the Bush inauguration. The U.S. ...

Spengler: Two Cheers for Hypocrisy | 01/19/05
 Spengler´s been taking the odd week off over the holiday season, enraging his world-wide ...

Scorched Earth Won't Work For Democrats | 01/18/05
 David Brooks advises Democrats ...

President Bush: "I Assume I'm Right" | 01/18/05
 When will the Democrats stop misunderestimating President Bush? Here is the ...

Uncle Ted, The Face of the Democrats | 01/17/05
 Boston columnist Don Feder takes apart Ted Kennedy and the Democrats. This is a good ...

The Political Math for Social Security Reform | 01/17/05
 Fred Barnes discards the conventional wisdom and tries to figure out how President Bush ...

Sshh! The Deficit is Shrinking! | 01/14/05
 While we are all attentively watching Dan Rather´s rather outré retirement ...

Peggy Noonan at Her Finest | 01/13/05
 Peggy Noonan—who used to write Dan Rather´s radio ...

Steyn: Brits are to Blame for Black Homophobia? | 01/11/05
 No, Mark Steyn hasn´t gone bonkers. But the earnest Decca Aitkenhead in The ...

Steyn: Last Week's Boxer Rebellion Means Dems are Losers | 01/10/05
 Speaking as a Canadian and resumably entitled to vote in California, Mark Steyn ...

NYT Trendspotters: Religion is Reviving Worldwide! | 01/10/05
 All the Upper West Side is agog this week after the New York Times´s Laurie ...

What Happened to the Reasonable Man? | 01/07/05
 This is a muddy article about ...

What Should Democrats Do? | 01/06/05
 Now Peggy Noonan is giving them advice. “The Bush administration has stood for ...

Steyn: Message from Col. Shrapnell | 01/05/05
 The men of Battery M send up a barrage of shot and shell against the ...

Spengler: Neocon Gelernter Writes "Utter and Complete Rubbish" | 01/04/05
 David Gelernter in Commentary thinks the Puritanism of the founders shaded into modern ...

CEO Deepthink from Drucker | 01/03/05
 What is the ...

Steyn: Americans Are Different | 01/02/05
 Americans are different; they work more than kindler, gentler Euros. For instance, Mark ...

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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


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


Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


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


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


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


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


Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


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


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


Conservatism

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


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


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