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Sunday January 22, 2017 
by Christopher Chantrill Follow chrischantrill on Twitter








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Trump's On-Message Address

REALLY, it was all out there right before your lying eyes today. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said:

Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native-born, whether we live with disabilities or do not, in wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held, yet fierce devotion to our country[.]
He spoke, in other words about a "diverse" America.

In his short inaugural address President Trump talked about "citizens," "forgotten men and women," and the way that he dealt with "diversity" was to speak of the
old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.
See the point? Doesn't matter who you are: when it comes to the crunch we are all Americans. Donald Trump believes in E Pluribus Unum and all Americans united in an American nation state. He's not picking over the embroidery to discover a new victim class that needs special protection status.

As the Obama administration has wound down over the last weeks, I have come to truly wonder about the incredible misdirection of the last eight years -- indeed, of the whole liberal project. And I realize what a self-centered conceit it is.

Who. Cares. About all the intricate mysteries of counting the diversity rosary? For God's sake, let's get back to the meat and potatoes of a decent job for the fathers, decent homes for the mothers, and decent schools for the children. And leave the proctology for the historians.

Think of two of Obama's last acts. He pardons terrorist Oscar López Rivera, who nobody cares about except radical lefties. He commutes the sentence of Army private Bradley Manning, who leaked army secrets to WikiLeaks, and who nobody cares about except radical lefties.

So Obama is clearly doing the diversity two-step, releasing an "activist" and a marginalized transgender. He is putting down a marker to the radical left that he is one of them.

OK. No problem, Barry. Because I should think that Republicans will be running with that for the next 20 years. What do Democrats stand for? They stand for pardoning terrorists and traitors. But don't you dare refuse to cater a gay wedding, pal. No pardon for you.

If you are an ordinary American trying to navigate the complexities of the modern world -- as Chuck Schumer admits is hard -- you do not really think in terms of your diversity category. Because when you show up for your job you will be trained to work and to serve in light of all the modern notions about how to create and maintain an efficient and productive work force. The science is settled on that. The modern economy needs
[To make] of each individual member of the [workplace an associate] who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a [person and employee].
Oh. Didn't I mention that it was Gen. von Seeckt that wrote those words -- about the soldiers in the German Army?

The point is that the leaders of all modern organizations (except government) understand that you have got to push responsibility down as far as you can. Otherwise the workers won't be happy, the organization can't do its job and earn a profit.

Business people know this. Generals know it. Trump the businessman knows it. You train your people; you inspire them; you trust them; and then you send them forth into the world to make your company the best it can be.

That is how to understand what President Trump was saying today. He was calling on all Americans to be the best they can be, and Make America Great Again.

He is voicing the one great discovery of the last 200 years of the Great Enrichment. Lashing people to work like peasants or slaves doesn't get the job done. The way you get them to create miracles of productivity of our age is by empowering them.

You know what? Barack Obama and the Democrats and the whole program don't understand this. They don't have a clue.

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Trump's Announcement 19 Months Later

WHEN Donald Trump announced for the President of the United States on June 16, 2015, everyone laughed their heads off. Here's a flashback of all the MSMs laughing their heads off. Hmm. What did I think 19 months ago? The first time I mentioned Trump was on July 8, 2015, when I wondered "Whose Side is Trump On?" I waffled around wondering if he was a Clinton plant. But I shaped up at the end ...

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Yay for La La Land!

I didn't really have my hopes up for La La Land, the supposed nostalgic musical that actually has songs, tap-dancing and a Bollywood-style opening production number.  I heard that the songs kinda petered out in the later part of the movie. And then I heard about the unbearable whiteness of it.  So it is a special pleasure to say that everyone enjoyed it, from 88-year-old grandma to us ...

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Did President-elect Trump just Intercept the Dems' Race Game

REALLY! Who woulda thunk it. President-elect Trump angrily tweeting Civil Rights Legend Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) for his asinine decision to boycott the Trump inauguration because Russia. And to call his election "illegitmate." Is that guy crazy? Doesn't he know that America's real third rail is the sanctity of Martin Luther King Jr. and that if you touch the Heroes of Selma you bring down ...

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“I Want a President”

Georg Simmel’s Sociology

Charles Murray’s By The People

Thomas Piketty’s Capital

The Spirit Level

McCloskey’s “Bourgeois Era”

Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation

A Look at the Left: “Contra-deBoer”

“Little Darlings”

“Three Peoples”


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A New Manifesto
A spectre is haunting the liberal elite—the spectre of conservatism.


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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AAM Books on Education

Andrew Coulson, Market Education
How universal literacy was achieved before government education

Carl Kaestle, Pillars of the Republic
How we got our education system

James Tooley, The Miseducation of Women
How the feminists wrecked education for boys and for girls

James Tooley, Reclaiming Education
How only a market in education will provide opportunity for the poor

E.G. West, Education and the State
How education was doing fine before the government muscled in

AAM Books on Law

Hernando De Soto, The Mystery of Capital
How ordinary people in the United States wrote the law during the 19th century

F. A. Hayek, Law Legislation and Liberty, Vol 1
How to build a society based upon law

Henry Maine, Ancient Law
How the movement of progressive peoples is from status to contract

John Zane, The Story of Law
How law developed from early times down to the present

AAM Books on Mutual Aid

James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We're In
How the welfare state makes crime, education, families, and health care worse.

David Beito, From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State
How ordinary people built a sturdy social safety net in the 19th century

David Green, Before Beveridge: Welfare Before the Welfare State
How ordinary people built themselves a sturdy safety net before the welfare state

Theda Skocpol, Diminished Democracy
How the US used to thrive under membership associations and could do again

David Stevenson, The Origins of Freemasonry
How modern freemasonry got started in Scotland

AAM Books on Religion

David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing
How Christianity is booming in China

Finke & Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990
How the United States grew into a religious nation

Robert William Fogel, The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism
How progressives must act fast if they want to save the welfare state

David Martin, Pentecostalism: The World Their Parish
How Pentecostalism is spreading across the world


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Trump team prepares dramatic cuts
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The Last Days of the Obama White House
As the rats leave the sinking ship Obama imagines himself the leader of the resistance.

Seven Tests That Can Keep Republicans from Screwing Up
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Deadly ‘End-of-Life’ Myths  | The American Spectator
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After a year of President Obama most Americans understand that the nation is on the wrong track. But how do we find the right track? Americans knew thirty years ago that liberalism was a busted flush. Yet Reaganism and Bushism seemed to be less than the best answer.

But where can we turn? Where are the thinkers and activists of the old days? Where do we find the best ideas? And how do we persuade our present ruling class to loosen its grip on power so that we can move the locomotive of state back onto the right track?

With all of our problems it seems like the worst of times.

In fact, this is the best of times. Under the radar a generation of great thinkers have been figuring out what went wrong and conjuring up visions of a better future. This book, "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" is an introduction to their ideas, and to the great future that awaits an America willing to respond to their call.

Although this book is addressed to all Americans, conservative, moderate, and liberal, and looks to a nation that transcends our present partisan divide, I must tell you that liberals will have the most difficulty with the book. The reason is simple. I am asking liberals to give up a lot of the power they have amassed in the last century. But we are all Americans, and we must all give up something for the sake of the greater good.


I am Christopher Chantrill and I am writing this book in full view. I'll be blogging on the process and the ideas, and I'll be asking you, dear readers, to help. Read the blog. Read the articles as they come out on American Thinker and ponder over the draft chapters here on this site.

Then send me your reactions, your thoughts, and your comments. You will help more than you know.



“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

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

Hugo on Genius

“Tear down theory, poetic systems... No more rules, no more models... Genius conjures up rather than learns... ” —Victor Hugo
César Graña, Bohemian versus Bourgeois


“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

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


“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


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


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