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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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    Socialism equals Animism

    Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
    F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit


    [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

    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.

    Religion, Property, and Family

    But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family. Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
    F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit

    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


    A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ’merely relative’, is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.
    Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy

    Physics, Religion, and Psychology

    Paul Dirac: “When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion. However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.”
    John Farrell, “The Creation Myth”


    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


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