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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


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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


    Sacrifice

    [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


    Pentecostalism

    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


    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


    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


    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


    Government Expenditure

    The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
    Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


     

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