WELCOME. I am Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill, writer and conservative. You can see my work at the following sites:

Road to the Middle Class contains the eponymous book and my daily blog. It investigates and celebrates the cultural artefacts that ordinary people appropriate as they struggle to adapt from country ways to the demands of life in the city. Start here.

An American Manifesto is the site for my book and blog. I am writing this book about "life after liberalism" and blogging about it as I go. All are invited to comment. Start here.

USgovernmentspending.com is a resource on government spending in the United States. It presents tables and charts on federal, state, and local government expenditure in the United States from 1902 to the present. Spending data are sourced from US budget data and US Census reports. Start here.

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US Spending 101 is a “university” of government spending. It features several walks through the pages of the usgovernmentspending.com suite of websites. And the learning never stops. But it is not a real university, nor does it offer credits for courses completed. Start here.

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UKpublicspending.co.uk is a resource on public spending in the United Kingdom. It presents tables and charts on public expenditure by central government, local authorities, and public corporations in the United Kingdom from 1900 to the present. Spending data is sourced from UK government Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses, the UK National Statistics “Blue Book,” and academic studies. Start here.

UKpublicrevenue.co.uk is a resource on public revenue in the United Kingdom. It presents tables and charts on public revenues by central government, and local authorities in the United Kingdom from 1900 to the present. Revenue data is sourced from UK Office for Budget Responsibility, the UK National Statistics and academic studies. Start here.

American Thinker publishes my op-eds most weeks. Click here.

US Stuck on Stupid analyzes the perfect storm of political bungling in the years from 1929 to 1939 that plunged the American people into untold misery during the Great Depression. Start here.

US Presidential Elections tabulates the results of presidential elections going back to 1788. Start here.

US Midterm Elections tabulates the history of midterm elections for the US Senate and the US House of Representatives going back to 1790. You can sort the elections by year, by party strength, and by party gains and losses. Start here.


I AM CHRISTOPHER CHANTRILL, a member of the international capitalist conspiracy. Both my grandfathers owned and operated import/export businesses in the early twentieth century, one in St. Petersburg, Russia, where my father was born, and the other in Kobe, Japan, where my mother was born.

I was born in India and raised and educated in England. I immigrated to the United States in 1968 and worked for many years designing and implementing utility control systems and software in Seattle.

Despite 35 years living in Seattle, I instinctively revolted against the suffocating left-coast culture of the Soviet of Washington, and came to revere the four great Germans who helped inspire the Reagan revolution: Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin.

I have written for Liberty, FrontPageMag.com, and The American Thinker. My book Road to the Middle Class celebrates the self-governing culture of the United States in which enthusiastic Christianity, education, mutual aid, and living under law have taught generations of immigrants to rise from indigence in the countryside to a life of competence and prosperity in the city.

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Seize the Commanding Heights of Media and Education!

HERE'S Hunter Hearns telling us in "The Flight 93 Election Crashed" that we are doomed. So long as the left runs the media and the schools.

Trump has changed nothing, he tells us. Next time the Democrats get in power,

we will see universal healthcare, the release of violent criminals, open borders, the stamping out of religious liberty, and a government that sees its citizens less as the American founders did, and more as communist leaders who divided the population into classes of oppressors and oppressed for purposes of implementing policy.
 Why? Because conservatives have not understood the basic lesson of politics, that
most people do not have the time, motivation or inclination to think deeply about political and social issues. They will take the opinions that have been prepared for them by higher status individuals and institutions. If these opinion shapers are liberal, the public will be liberal, and this includes intelligent people naturally inclined to live in accordance with moral ideals.
How do we get to do that instead of the liberals?
There are two major cultural institutions which have generally been used to shape public opinion: the education system, and the media. In America, both have been wholly dominated by the Left.
As Hunter points out, the massive leftward shift of educated women is testimony to this. Women are good little girls and believe what they have been carefully taught. And what they have been carefully taught by schools and media is the left turn and its subjection of everything to identity politics and group explanations. They are not like Bronze Age Pervert of Bronze Age Mindset who celebrates the pirate culture of the Bronze Age and a Nietzschean love for "a fair amount of accidents and nonsense." In fact educated women are horrified by the chaotic nonsense that is the modus operandi of Donald Trump.

OK. So we have to seize control of education and media. Don't tell me how we do this, because I haven't a clue. But what should we teach in the schools and the media?

Now it happens that I've been reading all about the Protestant Revolution, Christianity's Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath, and the centuries of ideological conflict that went with it. At the same time I am reading Will in the World by Steen Greenblatt and he writes tellingly about how the religious conflicts in England in the 16th century affected the folks on the ground in Stratford on Avon. See, most people were Catholic in their faith, whatever was coming down from Henry VIII and his dissolution (and spoilation) of the monasteries, and then Mary who reverted England to Catholicism, and then Elizabeth I who switched back to Protestantism.

If you were a lowly municipal official -- like Shakespeare's father -- you had to keep your wits about you to stay on the right side of the regime as it swtiched to and fro even if you thought it was madness. Yet, maybe you could do your little bit to hang onto the old ways. For instance, when Shakespeare was in school in the mid 16th century it seems that the schoolmaster was probably a crypto-Catholic even though, in the Elizabethan age, no Catholics need apply.

But meanwhile the non-crypto Catholics were being arrested, imprisoned, tortured, disembowelled, and executed. Just to keep it fair. Yes, you may very well think that a simple "canceling" on the modern Woke agenda would have been sufficient.

OK, so then I got reading a piece in The Tablet by Blake Smith about Émile Durkheim and the Dreyfus affair. Durkheim had begun his sociological career analyzing the capitalist economy and despairing about the anomie of individualism. But then he found hope.
For the next two decades, until his death in 1917, he would devote himself to proving that all societies have a religious basis (in his Elementary Forms of Religious Life, 1913) and to providing French teachers with the courage to embrace their role as priests of the republic.
Teachers: priests of the Republic of France.
They must instill in children a “democratic morality,” built of respect for individual rights and love for the nation.
Well, well, well. Isn't that exactly what chaps like us are all about? Individual rights, as a sacred truth. The nation as the only form of fake tribalism that works "at scale."
History, for example, should be taught as the achievement of the former by the latter: “the child, and later the adult, will learn that the rights that are granted to them, the freedom that they enjoy, the moral dignity that they believe themselves to possess, all of these are the creation … of that personal but impersonal being we call France. 
Meanwhile our liberal friends are teaching The Kidz that America is bad and we -- apart from the toxic white nationalist patriarchs -- are all victims.

So all we have to do is teach the kids to love individual rights and the good old United States of America, the nation.

And never mind the left, the media, and the schools. We will overcome.

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Of Course America is Materialistic. Also Nationalistic

OUR good friend the Zman is indicting America for its materialism. This is particularly true of conservative white people, who have been trained their whole lives to define their existence by the amount of stuff their heirs will throw away when they die. Theirs is an entirely materialist existence, so the transition to cultural thinking is going to be difficult. The great challenge, he avers, "...

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Downward Mobility for Graduates with Elite Values

ONE of my beliefs is that the purpose of universities is to indoctrinate the youngsters of the ruling class, to make sure that, when they rise to rule, they are all on the same page. And then I go on to say that the Germans doubled down when they invented the research university during the Napoleonic Wars so as to strengthen the German state to meet and beat the French. But what if there ...

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The Big Problem with Politics in the Mature Welfare State

WHATABOUT those opinion polls that show President Trump behind the leading Democratic candidates? Is Trump in trouble? Dov Fischer, the American Spectator's  resident rabbi, points out the basic problem with such polls. it is this: The Average American Is Painfully Ignorant, Strikingly Uninformed, and Hopelessly Clueless — Until a Matter Becomes Imminently Personal. So, the average American is ...

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Not "Downscale" But Midscale: That's Today's Republican Party

USED to be that the Republican Party was an upscale party, writes Michael Barone. You could tell that by the way that the upscale media wrote. Sixty years ago, when the Democratic Party was dominated by Southern whites and Northern factory workers, major newsmagazines and newspapers were complacently Republican and snidely condescending about Democrats. But now, of course, the "major ...

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The Road to the Middle Class is a journey from a world of power to a world of trust and love. In religion, it is a journey from power gods that respond to sacrifice and augury to the God who makes a covenant with mankind. In education, it is a journey from the world of the spoken word to the world of the written word. In community, it is the journey from dependence on blood kin and upon clientage under a great lord to the mutual aid and the rules of the self-governing fraternal association. In law it is the journey from the violence of force and feud to the king’s peace, the law of contract, and private property.

Road to the Middle Class: The Book


Chapter One



With the failure of the welfare state, it is time to consider what comes next. In "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" I develop a narrative about where we are and where we should go to redeem the American experiment.



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.

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