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    Draft Chapters

    by Christopher Chantrill

      

    The Crisis of the Administrative State
      It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  

    Government and the Technology of Power
      If you scratch a social reformer, you will likely discover a plan for more government.  

    Business, Slavery, and Trust
      Business is all about trust and relationship.  

    Humanity's Big Problem: Freebooters and Freeloaders
      The modern welfare state encourages freeloaders.  

    The Bonds of Faith
      No society known to anthropology or history lacked religion.  

    A Critique of Social Mechanics
      The problem with human society reduced to system.  

    The Paradox of Individualism
      Is individualism the gospel of selfishness or something else?  

    From Multitude to Civil Society
      The larger the government, the smaller the society.  

    The Answer is Civil Society
      In between the separated powers.  

    The Greater Separation of Powers
      If you want to limit power then you must limit power.  

    Conservatism Three by Three
      Conservatism, political, economics, and cultural.  

    The Culture of Involvement
      Imagining lives without the welfare state  

    The Poor Without the Welfare State
      Can the poor thrive without the welfare state?  

    The Middle Class Without The Welfare State
      How would the middle class live without all those middle-class entitlements?  

    Liberals and the Welfare State
      Liberals, the ruling class of the administrative welfare state.  

    From Freeloaders to Free Givers
      The path to the future lies through moral movements.  

    The Real Meaning of Society
      Broadening the horizon of cooperation in the “last best hope of man on earth.”  

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    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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