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  Road to the Middle Class
Saturday November 1, 2014 
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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?  

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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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


Mutual Aid

In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


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


Living Under Law

Law being too tenuous to rely upon in [Ulster and the Scottish borderlands], people developed patterns of settling differences by personal fighting and family feuds.
Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


German Philosophy

The primary thing to keep in mind about German and Russian thought since 1800 is that it takes for granted that the Cartesian, Lockean or Humean scientific and philosophical conception of man and nature... has been shown by indisputable evidence to be inadequate. 
F.S.C. Northrop, The Meeting of East and West


Knowledge

Inquiry does not start unless there is a problem... It is the problem and its characteristics revealed by analysis which guides one first to the relevant facts and then, once the relevant facts are known, to the relevant hypotheses.
F.S.C. Northrop, The Logic of the Sciences and the Humanities


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


Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Action

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


Churches

[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


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


Living Law

The recognition and integration of extralegal property rights [in the Homestead Act] was a key element in the United States becoming the most important market economy and producer of capital in the world.
Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital


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