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    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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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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”


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


     

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