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Weekly Opeds 14

by Christopher Chantrill

Do Women Want to be Responsible Individuals?
I have a question, what with all the wars on women and rape cultures and Jackiegates and all. Do women want to be responsible individuals and live in the culture of responsible individualism that occupies the center ground of our modern culture?

Because if you do, dear ladies, I am here to say that it is time for you to make that absolutely

|  more  |  12/23/14

Dems Can't Stop Sneering at the White Working Class
What happened to the white working class? It finally figured out that Democrats didn’t even want to be LBGFs. It’s hard for them, because the Democrats used to love the working stiff.

Nobody really intended it, but the bottom line on liberal politics for the last half century is that the white working class were the suckers that

|  more  |  12/16/14

It's the Liberal Oppression, Stupid
What is the single thread that winds through Ferguson, Staten Island, and the UVA “rape” case? I will tell you. It is not police racial profiling or police brutality. It is not a “rape culture.” It is liberals.

Now, I am not proposing that there is a conspiracy of liberals out to do us in. Nothing like that. I am just

|  more  |  12/09/14

After Ferguson: Yeah, Let's Have a Conversation Mr. President
The liberal ladies at Thanksgiving dinner were muttering about a new “conversation” about race. Bless them; their 30 million liberal hearts beat as one with President Obama’s post-Ferguson

|  more  |  12/02/14

Five Reasons Why Obama Did It on Immigration
To the conservative mind, President Obama’s executive order on immigration is unexplainable. For us, the whole point of the modern political experiment is to stick to the rules. Why would anyone think differently, especially after the disasters of lawless communism and fascism?

But President Obama is no conservative, and so we must try

|  more  |  11/25/14

Is This the End Game for Liberal Racism?
If anyone symbolizes the American Dream it is Condoleezza Rice. Child of a teacher and a preacher in the Jim Crow South, she rose to become Provost at Stanford, and then National Security Advisor and Secretary of State in the Bush Administration.

So when she

|  more  |  11/18/14

How Will Democrats Divide Us Next?
In a sign that the “Republican War on Women” meme is past its sell-by date, Democrats — i.e., the New York Times — are now proposing that it was Republicans that came up with the catchphrase!

|  more  |  11/04/14

Why are Democrats So Afraid?
If you want to understand race politics a good place to start is with Frederick Douglass and his memoir of his life as a slave. He tells about how he was rented out to a couple in Baltimore. Things went well; the mistress of the house was kind towards him. But her husband was afraid. He insisting on maltreating his rented slave to keep him cowed

|  more  |  10/28/14

This is What You Get When You Reduce Everything to "Activism"
Suppose you were the President Obama, in the Oval Office, or more likely at the golf course, wondering how to save the Obola administration before Ebola flushes it down the toilet. You would think: I need someone who is a cool head in a bad situation. He would be someone that has a history of turning around failing operations. He needs to be a man

|  more  |  10/21/14

30 Years of Nobelity: What Hayek Means to Me
In this year's Nobel season we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Friedrich Hayek’s Nobel Prize for Economics. So it’s a good time, in the dog days of the Worst President Ever, to think about what Hayek means to us.

That’s beyond the obvious point that if liberals had read and understood one word of Hayek they

|  more  |  10/14/14

Go Read a Book, Kristol Tells the Kids
With the ruin of the Obama presidency we have arrived at what President Obama likes to call a “teachable moment.” So finally, writes Bill Kristol, we can get the kids to go read a book: Hayek on intellectual conceit, James Q. Wilson on bureaucracy,

|  more  |  10/07/14

Rectification of Names: Let's Call Obama Era Like It Is
Conservative author Jonah Goldberg has come up with a great idea for his next book. It’s the Confucian idea of “The Rectification of the Names.” He illustrates his epiphany with a long Confucian quote:

A superior

|  more  |  09/30/14

It's Not "Unwisdom," Peggy. It's Hubris
Here we go again. Peggy Noonan just expressed concern about “The Unwisdom of Barack Obama.” She writes of the president:

His essential problem is that he has very poor judgment.

When Aunt Peggy says it then attention must be paid.

|  more  |  09/23/14

The Primal Scream of the Tribal Mind
See what a couple of beheadings will do? It looks like the soccer moms of 1996 that became the security moms of 2004 that became the Walmart moms of 2012 have confirmed the Duke of Mantua’s complaint: “

|  more  |  09/16/14

Why Do Peacenik Liberals Make War on Business?
Last week I wrote a brilliant piece arguing that we should stop mewing kids up in government child-custodial facilities, and let them go out to work. But there’s a problem.

Who is going to want to pay kids minimum wage? Is a 13-year-old worth $7.65 an hour, let

|  more  |  09/09/14

Child Labor Day
There is no more settled principle than the virtue of the laborer. And no greater self-congratulation than we have ended child labor. So when we celebrate Labor Day we congratulate ourselves on the wonderful things we have done to protect working people from exploitation and oppression, and we also congratulate ourselves that our children no

|  more  |  09/02/14

Ferguson: Life in the Promised Land
The final problem for all political and religious movements is what to do after you get to the Promised Land. You’ve defeated the enemy, you’ve conquered the land flowing with milk and honey. What next?

What’s next is that the soldiers of the revolution should get a job, get married, and start a family. And forget all about

|  more  |  08/26/14

Let's Fight for the Nation State
Everyone that has half a brain understands that the foundations are shaking. Richard Fernandez is wondering what comes next. Can the nation state survive today’s modern identity politics where supposed Brits and Norwegians go to the Middle East to fight

|  more  |  08/19/14

"As President, I Will Defend Americans Against the Moral Bullies"
Back when Al Gore was running for president in 2000 he had a line about “fighting for the people against the powerful.” It’s the standard line of the activist. No doubt it’s what the marginalized and dependent classes are looking for in a president.

But if you are a responsible individual like me you find that sort

|  more  |  08/12/14

Aunt Peggy Frowns at the Obama Boys
Everyone remembers a formidable aunt who could cool the jets of the rambunctious neighborhood boys with a glance. The US has Peggy Noonan for that, and last week Aunt Peggy frowned at the Obama boys.

The president shouldn’t be using a fateful and divisive

|  more  |  08/05/14

Do Corporations Rule America?
I suppose it is natural that the average American believes that the Crash of 2008 was caused by greedy bankers and that the problem with health insurance is insurance company profits.

After all, most Americans work for big companies, and they know that at any moment corporate security could appear at their cubicle to escort them to the exit.

|  more  |  07/29/14

The Ordeal of Post-Obama Change
Want to get a new angle on Obama’s Hope and Change mantra? Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote the book about it before Obama was even born: The Ordeal of Change.

[E]very radical adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem... It needs inordinate self-confidence to face drastic change without inner

|  more  |  07/22/14

The Rich Get Richer, and Everyone's Confused
The results are in. Baby-boomer geezers like me are cleaning up with the Fed’s asset bubble economy, while the working middle class is getting screwed, via regulation, student debt, and the welfare state’s subsidization of idleness.

But at least the oceans are receding and the hills are alive with the sound of music from

|  more  |  07/15/14

Let's Hang the Kaiser Round Obama's Collar
Quick! Which American president is most like the blustery, shallow Kaiser Wilhelm II who blundered Germany into World War I one hundred years ago?

I’m ashamed to say the connection hadn’t occurred to me until I picked up David Blackbourn’s

|  more  |  07/08/14

Admit It: We Wackos are the Problem
I have been thinking over the Cantor loss and the Cochran win and the whole question of the Republican Party divided between its Beltway establishment and its Tea Party insurgency.

And last week I read James V. DeLong’s excellent piece about the divide between the wheeling and dealing of the Republican establishment and the “values

|  more  |  07/01/14

Dems End Up Believing Their Own Lies
I am trying to listen through the rhetoric of the Democrats waving aside the IRS scandal and continuing to worry about “dark money.” Surely those Dems don’t really believe that the IRS are the good

|  more  |  06/24/14

No, Obama Isn't "Worse Than We Thought"
When I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 along with all the kiddies that swarmed into my polling place, I did not do it because I had any confidence in him. I voted for Obama because I wanted Democrats to be in charge of US foreign policy so that they could get beyond the inanity of Bush Lied, People Died and deal with global reality rather than

|  more  |  06/17/14

The Flaw in Obama's Phone and Pen Goveranance
For conservatives and Republicans, President Obama’s insouciant approach to government, that he can do anything he wants using his phone and his pen, is maddening. One week his EPA is enveloping coal plants in a tangle of new regulation; next week he’s emptying Guantanamo Bay at any cost. We respond by fulminating about lawlessness

|  more  |  06/10/14

You've Been Living in a VA Dreamworld, Liberals
If you are a conservative you look at the VA scandal and ask, what else is new? A bureaucracy faking waiting lists? Knocking off work at 3:00 pm? Covering up so that the bosses don’t know what is going on? For conservatives that is just the way that any bureaucracy works.

But how do we know that? Because Hayek? Because Mises?

|  more  |  06/03/14

Anti-Piketty: It's the Great Subtraction
When you finally get to the end of Thomas Piketty’s Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century you get what it’s all about: We Need More Money. Of course “we” do. It’s Little Shop of Horrors on

|  more  |  05/27/14

Piketty Doesn't Understand Capitalism
Years ago I drove from London to Edinburgh in Scotland with stops to visit family on the way. I had a commission from a guy in Spokane to go to a particular store in Edinburgh and buy some single-malt Scotch whisky. The closer I got to Scotland the more people seemed to know about whisky. One relative even showed me a book on Scotch complete

|  more  |  05/20/14

10 Questions for a Liberal the Week after Mothers Day
Lady Marjorie and I went to lunch on Mothers Day with a older liberal couple. You don’t want to have a political dogfight on Mother’s Day, but I thought to myself about the questions I would like to ask my liberal friends five years into the administration of America’s First Black President.

What do you think about

|  more  |  05/14/14

Let's Look on the Bright Side
Think back to the good old days of McCarthyism when America kicked people out of their jobs because of their political beliefs. What was the problem? The problem was that the Democrats had won the US presidency for four straight elections and Republicans were beside themselves. There had to be a conspiracy!

It was after the McCarthy era

|  more  |  05/13/14

Picking on Piketty
On Sunday I saw a student production of Vaclav Havel’s adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera at the University of Washington. And guess what one of the whores was reading? Thomas Piketty’s

|  more  |  05/06/14

Finishing School for Tomorrow's Ruling Class
It is really nice that the US Supreme Court is slowly but surely backing away from racist university admissions. As Justice Sotomayer writes, race matters. It matters that the government, in a crude return to pre-modern cultural practice, has been encouraging people for half a century to think of themselves in racial terms rather than national

|  more  |  04/29/14

Liberals Digging Their Political Graves
Do liberals understand what they are doing? I don’t think they do. I think that they are blinkered by their one-dimensional view of politics: it reduces to the struggle for social justice. In 2010 after the midterm the Obamis decided they had to punch back twice as hard against the moneyed interests that would be unleashed by Citizens

|  more  |  04/22/14

Carry on Cutting, says Brandeis
It is easy to see why our lefty friends would want to defenestrate poor Brandon Eich, just like they did in the Thirty Years War, for the heresy of contributing money to hate and the exclusionary idea of man-woman marriage. Everybody knows that sort of thing just can’t

|  more  |  04/15/14

"Socially Liberal, Economically Conservative" Is So Over
The genius of teaching the educated professional class to be “socially liberal, economically conservative” for the last 20 years was that the economically conservative part came for free during the Great Boom from 1983-2007. When the economy looked good forever and everyone’s 401(k) was increasing, the professional class could

|  more  |  04/08/14

Hester Koch's Scarlet Letter
We all remember the good old days when playwright Arthur Miller told us that salesmen were really dying inside, and that neo-Puritans were hunting Commies just like Puritans hunted witches in Salem, Massachusetts Bay.

And naturally in those good old days PBS gave us a richly ornamented TV adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet

|  more  |  04/01/14

Agreed, Holy Father, That Human Dignity Needs Work. Then What?
The Holy Father visited an Italian steelworks last week and declared that human dignity needs a job. In the current mess the unemployed risk being marginalized, “victims of social exclusion,” he said.

What does “the very

|  more  |  03/25/14

Beyond Young Men and Mayhem
So now it looks like the disappearing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 was hijacked or diverted, maybe by young Muslim extremists, and all the world is in a tizzy.

What is wrong with these young men that seem to want to tear the world down?

Nothing is wrong with them. The normal behavior of young men is mayhem. It is not remarkable that

|  more  |  03/18/14

Liberals! You are to Blame!
I have been reading a history of the British Glorious Revolution for the last month, and one thing comes through pretty clearly. There weren’t any liberals around back then. They hadn’t been invented.

The new coffee-houses were full of businessmen and merchants. Dr.

|  more  |  03/11/14

Liberals Have Got What They Asked For
If you want to know why everything is going wrong for Obama and the Democrats, from Obamacare to Ukraine, the answer is simple. Liberals got everything they asked for, from stimulus to “reset.” I know: Crimea River.

But we conservatives only ever get a smidgen of what we want. Even back in the golden age of Reagan, we Reaganites

|  more  |  03/04/14

After the Great Disappointment
In the latest Weekly Standard James Ceasar likened the Obama adherents to the members of a failed religious cult. How will they react to their Great Disappointment, he wondered? Would it be “acceptance, denial, [or] deflection?”

But I

|  more  |  02/25/14

Hey Coke and Pepsi: I've Got Your Back!
It was only last week here in Panama that I was talking to a Pepsi truck driver from Philadelphia. They’ll be coming for you sugar guys next, I said. It’s already started, he retorted. In Philadelphia recently the union bussed the drivers down to City Hall to protest a tax on sugar.

Now we read that the trial lawyers are going

|  more  |  02/18/14

Having Your Cake and Eating It: Panama and Us
PANAMA CITY Here in Panama City the world is coming to an end as work stops on the Canal de Panama expansion. There’s an argument over $1.6 billion to complete the job. According to

|  more  |  02/11/14

Obamacare Casts White Working Class Out in the Cold
Probably everyone to the right of President Obama’s liberal billionaire contributors has seen the pathetic local news video from WTAE Pittsburgh, the one showing the white

|  more  |  02/04/14

The "Dark Enlightenment" Hits Gandhi Stage Two
OK, I admit it. I hadn’t really heard anything above a whisper about the Dark Enlightenment until several putdowns appeared recently here

|  more  |  01/28/14

Many Liberals are Naifs and Innocents
We conservatives, crouching in the trenches of the political wars, experience liberals as haters and culture warriors. When we think of liberals we think of the Kos Kidz over at DailyKos and the execrable hosts on MSNBC. We think of the liberal journalists that sneer “who me?” to the charge of journalistic bias.

But I was

|  more  |  01/21/14

What IS Going On With Jobs?
Everyone agrees that the employment report last Friday was very bad. Unemployment went down to 6.7 percent, but that was because the Household Survey showed that 347,000 people left the labor force in December while only 144,000 found jobs. In a healthy growing economy you are supposed to get the work force increasing faster than the actual

|  more  |  01/14/14

Liberals Double Down on Inequality
It was on December 4, 2013 that President Obama opened the Year of Inequality with his speech on economic mobility. A month later liberal hounds are baying for extended unemployment benefits and higher minimum wage, and conservatives are

|  more  |  01/07/14



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.


[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


[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


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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