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Weekly Opeds 15

by Christopher Chantrill

Stop Sucking Your Thumbs, Liberals, and Get a Clue!
It must be the holidays, because a lot of liberal media types are publishing end-of-year thumbsuckers on democracy. In The Atlantic, Peter Beinart writes that Americans are becoming more liberal; in The New Republic, David Dayen

|  more  |  12/29/15

The Liberal Christmas from Hell
In our conservative world we mildly judge President Obama the Worst President Ever. But the administration scribes over at Vox think differently. President Obama takes the long view, writes Andrew Prokop. Criminal justice reform? Think in decades. ISIS?

|  more  |  12/22/15

Muslims! Do Not Become the Little Darlings of the Liberals!
I know that all respectable people are supposed to be outraged at the racist, sexist, bigoted statement of Donald Trump on Muslims. Here is what he said, a week ago.

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of

|  more  |  12/15/15

What Do Yale, Missou, Alinksy, Cloward-Piven and Obama's Organizing for Action Add Up To?
Ever since we learned about President Obama’s marination in the ideas of Saul Alinsky we’ve been frightening ourselves with a future defined by Obama’s fundamental transformation through community organizing. And we have seen the fruit of his politics in the outbreak of left-wing activism this Fall with ludicrous outbreaks of

|  more  |  12/01/15

After Paris I Understand Winston Churchill's Relief
When everyone was emoting about the Paris massacres last week, I am afraid I did not join in. This is war, after all: what do people expect? When you have a war and one side is militarily weak, it tends to use terror as a weapon, because it’s the only way to show it is not weak, not really, but strong!

We in the west are rather irritated

|  more  |  11/24/15

Ted Cruz’s Simple Flat Tax Is Not All That Simple
Ted Cruz has unveiled his Simple Flat Tax plan, that includes a single low, low personal income tax with a single rate of 10%. He also wants to eliminate the federal corporate income tax and the employee payroll tax, and replace them with a 16% Business Flat Tax. But according to

|  more  |  11/17/15

Maybe The White Working Class Will Not Hit Bottom
Back in the Sixties a couple of lefty BBC TV guys thought up a cool idea. They would do a documentary about a group of British seven year-olds from all walks of life. And then see what happened to them. The result was “Seven Up,” produced in 1964, and updated every seven years since.

But what is never mentioned about the

|  more  |  11/10/15

People of the Lie: It is Not Just the Clintons
It is deja vu all over again. A Clinton has lied in public and the Democrats have celebrated with a public show of approval. Remember when Al Gore led the cheers at the White House after Ol’ Bill lied to the American people? Now it’s the chaps at the DNC leading the cheers for Hillary Clinton’s tawdry lies about

|  more  |  10/28/15

Five Reasons Why "Civil-rights Republicanism" is a Bust
Here’s the latest effort to get Republicans to reach out to African Americans: “Civil-Rights Republicanism” by Theodore R. Johnson and it’s published in National Review. Oh dear, where to begin? I know, let’s just rehearse all

|  more  |  10/21/15

The Speaker Crisis and the Rape of the "Typical American"
For the last week our Democratic friends, from the president’s press spokesman down to the usual suspects in the media, have been sneering at the Republican House Speaker election.

I get why Democrats would find it comical to see democracy breaking out.

|  more  |  10/14/15

One Weird Chart That Explains The Great Recession
Everybody knows that “greedy bankers” were to blame for the Crash of 2008. The Democrats and their willing accomplices told us that years ago and they are sticking to their story.

But there is another suspect that ought to be right in the dock along with the bankers. Its mild-mannered name is “agency debt.” It’s

|  more  |  09/29/15

It's Not Just the GOP Where the Paradigms are Shifting
Everything is going wrong at once. On the economy, the Federal Reserve’s economic models have been overpredicting economic growth ever since the Great Recession. On climate, the IPCC’s climate models have been overpredicting global warming ever since the beginning of the Pause. On national borders, the international ruling class has

|  more  |  09/22/15

Elite Fail: How Could This Happen?

Ding! Ding! That’s the Noonan Conventional Wisdom Alarm going off again, as Peggy writes her weekly WSJ piece about how the migrant crisis in Europe exposes the gulf between the

|  more  |  09/15/15

Fighting Back Against the SJWs
Social justice warriors (SJWs) are like the weather. Everybody complains about them, but nobody does anything about them, except for controversialist Vox Day who has just released an ebook on how to fight back against the SJWs, SJWs Always

|  more  |  09/01/15

Yes, Take a Look at Yourself, Ruling Class
They have finally dragged old political war-horse Jeff Greenfield out of the pasture and saddled him up to warn Democrats of their “Democratic Blues.” Nobody knows what President Obama’s policy legacy will be, writes Jeff, but his

|  more  |  08/25/15

The Dem Problem. They Don't Do Mojo Any More
If you look back on recent presidential campaigns you can see that there was always a bigger question than just “the economy” or “four more years” or “time for a change.”

In 2008, it was the magic of electing America’s First Black President. In 2004 it was Reporting for Duty after the outrage of

|  more  |  08/18/15

Schumer Iran Flap: What Is Wrong With These People?
I guess that I’m too old to understand the modern world. I would have thought that for the White House to set the lefty dogs on Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for opposing the president’s Iran deal would be a bad idea. I would have thought that Sen. Schumer was powerful enough that nobody, not the president nor the lefty AstroTurfers, gets

|  more  |  08/11/15

Medicare Advantage is Taking Over the World
Everyone knows that Medicare is going to eat the budget. But last week the Medicare Trustees issued their annual Medicare Trustees Report and they said that costs are increasing slower than

|  more  |  07/28/15

Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is in the Same Game as the Chattanooga Shooter
I first heard about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book

|  more  |  07/21/15

The WHINOs and the RINOs Should Be Friends
Last week the Ace of Spades guy declared a plague on both their houses where the Republican Party is concerned. He sees a class war going on in the Republican Party between the Working/Middle Class house and the Professional (or Comfortable) Class. Ace writes:

Both classes, frankly,

|  more  |  07/14/15

It Isn't Roberts' Problem: It's Ours
When Chief Justice Roberts voted in Obamacare in 2012 I wrote that:

[T]he only way to make liberals accept a repeal of ObamaCare is by the brute force of political power, the mandate of the voters expressed at the ballot box.

Now Roberts has pushed aside the little matter of the Obamis’ deliberate attempt to

|  more  |  06/30/15

Why is the Democratic Party So Disciplined?
For years I've been marveling at the extraordinary discipline of the Democratic Party. For me it started with the Clinton impeachment in 1998. Right through the 2000s it was amazing to experience the Democrats uniformly reciting their talking points and catchphrases from what seemed to be the same email. Then there was Obamacare and Speaker Nancy

|  more  |  06/23/15

The Only Privilege in America is Liberal Privilege
The usual suspects talk a lot about privilege in America: white privilege or male privilege. It makes for a good catchphrase for their community organizers and social justice warriors. They can accuse anyone of anything they like, because male or white privilege. Yay!

But everybody else in America knows that you’d better watch what you

|  more  |  06/16/15

Please! Let's Lose This "Independent for President" Rubbish
James Glassman is a good guy, but he’s ankle-biting when he complains that an independent candidate has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting into the presidential debates in 2016. His

|  more  |  06/09/15

Charles Murray Wants to Pull Aside the Curtain on Stupid Government
If anyone deserves a lifetime achievement award in the liberal virtue of “speaking truth to power” it would have to be Charles Murray. Back in the 1980s he wrote Losing Ground to tell the truth that liberals knew, by the mid 1970s, that their Great Society programs weren’t working. But they did nothing to fix

|  more  |  05/26/15

The Progressives' Thug Agenda
If you think that government is force, you probably don’t think much President Obama’s deceptive line about government being the name for things we do together. “Government is the name of things we do by force,” you retort.

But everyone understands that government is all about force, so we lie about it. When we propose

|  more  |  05/19/15

What Do 21st Century Mothers Want?
Sigmund Freud asked the question over a century ago: “What Does a Woman Want?” Even though he’d spent “thirty years in research into the feminine soul,” in particular that mystery within a mystery, feminine hysteria.

Well, on Mothers

|  more  |  05/12/15

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

|  more  |  04/28/15

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. I should have replied: Oh really? Isn’t the idea of a First Black President straight up racism?

Likewise with Hillary Clinton. Isn’t the idea of a Time for a Woman

|  more  |  04/21/15

Is "Social Justice Warrior" a Pejorative?
I was reading a post-mortem on the delicious Sad Puppies/Hugo nominations imbroglio last week when an interesting point came up. George R.R. Martin, the Game of Thrones chappie, wrote on his Not a Blog that Sad Puppies commenters on his

|  more  |  04/14/15

Liberals and their SJW Thugs Celebrate Holy Week
Last week we saw our exquisitely politically correct liberals and their special forces, the social justice warriors, indulging in a little bit of satisfying mob action.

Now, of course liberals are evolved and educated, and they are practiced at putting themselves in the place of the “other.” They would never insult Muslims with

|  more  |  04/07/15

Let Talk About the Clueless Financial Regulators
I had an email from a fan last week quoting the tariff plank from the 1928 Republican Party platform That was the year before the Republicans walked the plank on the Smoot Hawley tariff in one giant step for a generation of Democratic rule. For a century, the Whigs and the Republicans had lived by the tariff. And then they died with the tariff in

|  more  |  03/24/15

"Our Kids" Are "Coming Apart" Because Liberals
Back in 2012 Charles Murray came out with Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010. He argued that in Obama’s America the top 20 percent was doing fine. Top 20 percenters get educated, get careers, get married, stay

|  more  |  03/17/15

The Democrats' Thugocracy
There are a couple things about the Obama years that have registered “does not compute” for me. The first was the complete powder taken by the media. Yes, I know that they are all ruling-class liberals that believe in all the received liberal notions and still swoon today at the thought of a First Black President. But you would have

|  more  |  03/10/15

Why Don't Liberals Care About Black-on-Black Killing?
The good thing about a book like Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America is that it’s real reportage about murder in the African American ghetto; it’s not just narrative from the usual social justice

|  more  |  02/24/15

Everything Liberals Touch Turns to Injustice
Last week Erick Erickson of RedState did a piece on the mopping up operations after the victory of gay marriage in what Steve Sailer calls “World War G.”

In Oregon, Aaron and Melissa Klein and their five children are losing their home

|  more  |  02/17/15

The 2016 Budget: They've Gone About as Far as They Can Go
Budget Day, February 2, 2015, was a busy day for me, as I downloaded the budget data from the Historical Tables and

|  more  |  02/11/15

Will Political Correctness Backfire?
It has been tremendous fun watching white upper-middle-class-liberal Jonathan Chait telling us that SJW mau-mauing just ain’t fair when he’s on the receiving end. A platoon of eager beavers showed up immediately to remind him how he’s

|  more  |  02/04/15

OK Liberals: Let's Talk Inequality
I shouldn't have done it, but this week I read a piece by Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post, titled “Democrats’ New Faith.” He’s delighted that President Obama is

|  more  |  01/27/15

Hey Jihadis, Get with the Program!
This year we are celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday with an orgy of offense-taking and race-baiting, in the flap over the movie Selma, and who was on first with civil rights in the 1960s, and who gets to clean up with the Oscars. Even Maureen Dowd

|  more  |  01/25/15

Let's Just Call It "The Muslim Question"
Last week Islamic terrorism in Paris hit the ruling class where it lives, in the media.

It’s tempting to think of the Islamist threat and its terrorist outrages as special and unique and unprecedented. But suppose we just call it “The Muslim Question.” Then it has a curious familiarity; it seems like an echo of something

|  more  |  01/13/15

"OK Google. What Went Wrong With Liberalism?"
When liberals decided in the mid 2000s that they were becoming an Emerging Democratic Majority on the strength of minorities, women, the educated and the youth I believed them.

And when President Obama was elected in 2008 I could see how, with a cunningly moderate program, the Dems could cast Republicans out into outer darkness for a

|  more  |  01/06/15



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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”

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

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”

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