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.
USgovernmentrevenue.com is a resource on government taxes and receipts in the United States. It presents tables and charts on federal, state, and local government taxes, charges, use fees, and business revenue in the United States from 1902 to the present. Revenue data are sourced from US budget data and US Census reports. Start here.
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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YOU may wonder why it is that our liberal friends have chosen to champion illegal immigrants and Muslims.
Actually, you may wonder what the whole universe of identity politics is about, apart from the fact, suggested by my Great Reaction meme, that identity politics is neo-tribalism.
The answer is that the name of the identity politics game is that the subject group needs to have no place else to go.
Or rather, said group needs to believe that it has no place else to go.
You can see that this cunning little trick started way back with Marx. Hey, he said, you workers better get with the program, for unless you sign up with the Communists the capitalists will oppress and exploit and "immiserate" you like you wouldn't believe. Really, you chaps have nowhere else to go.
Now, I am not saying that the workers didn't have a rough time in Britland back in the 19th century. Of course, the rough time was nothing compared with the rough time that the peasants experienced after the lords dumped them following the nationalization of the armed forces in Britland by Henry VIII. That was what the Elizabethan Poor Law was all about: trying to Do Something about the starving peasants causing chaos throughout the land. The last event in this story was the Captain Swing riots in SE England in1820.
But the truth is that the industrial revolution was the best thing that happened to the lower classes until the invention of sliced bread. Do I need to rehearse the reasons? First, working indoors. Yeah, I bet you never thought of that, but the Nike workers in Vietnam sure think that. Then, by moving to the city, the lower classes became the Social Question and achieved strategic concentration. And got the vote. And got to share in the loot and plunder of politics. And what with steam power and electricity and oil and manufacturing and all, they eventually got up into the middle class and bought houses and cars.
Anyway, the left tried the same game on women. Oh lord! Women had been oppressed since the Dawn of Time by their violent patriarchal husbands. Listen you ladies: unless you sign on with us lefties you will be raped and pillaged and kept barefoot and pregnant -- and Offended -- forever more. And as for a nice career in corporate HR, forget it! Really, you have nowhere else to go.
And so on with blacks, and gays, and transgenders and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all. Hey, with Hispanics, not so much.
But today, the truth is that all the victims of the left, that once had nowhere else to go, are really in the catbird seat. Government, the ruling class, is forever fussing and worrying about whether their diapers need changing.
So the lefty rulers need new recruits to their political army. Nothing new here, nothing that the Ottomans didn't do centuries ago with their slave Janisseries, kids that were plucked out of their Christian families and forcibly converted to Islam and made into elite soldiers -- with no place else to go.
Whatabout illegal aliens? Really what's not to like about them? Because they have no legal rights, being illegal residents of the US, they rely for their continuance on lefty activists acting for them, and exempting them from the law of the land through the cultural and political power that any elite possesses. Yeah! Why not declare all the liberal cities in the nation to be sanctuary cities! Then the illegal aliens know who their patrons are, are really, they have no place else to go.
You can see how this applies also to Muslims. Because Muslim terrorists demolished the Twin Towers, patriotic Americans are naturally a little suspicious about them. And it doesn't help that their women wear headgear that broadcasts their difference. I mean, when every other woman in America is broadcasting her sexual assets far and wide with leggings, what kind of a weirdo would cover her hair? Still, given the way that Muslims keep themselves separate from the rest of America, can you blame them for sidling up to our lefty friends when they have no place else to go?
The whole point of identity politics today is to keep the liberal little darlings in fear and trembling. If it is blacks, the Republicans "wanna put y'all back in chains." If it is women, we are just one abortion away from women barefoot and pregnant. If it is gays, homophobia is ready to break out and throw gays back in the closet.
All I can say is that it works. And why not? The whole point of tribalism is to keep "our people" united and mobilized against the tribe next door, because you never know when the tribe next door will try to kill us all in a Dawn Raid. So, in the movement of the Great Reaction, the neo-tribalists are playing the same game. Unless you support us, the next thing you know the racist sexist homophobes will be eating you for breakfast.
I like to disagree with the Zman because, I suppose, he is plowing the same field as I am, only with a different plow and a different tractor. Not that much different, of course. Today he is talking about the ineffectiveness of the right in countering the left. The Democrats figure out how to get a majority and push through some reforms, which never work as intended or satisfy the base. The ...
ONE of the things our liberal friends want to ram down our throats, as evidenced by the New York Times "1619 Project," is that the United States was born and raised on slavery and racism. Of course, the interesting story is not that, in 1619, North Americans from northern Europe were racist and introduced the first slaves from Africa into North America. The interesting question is why slavery ...
HERE is the Zman bewailing "The Collapse of Authority." He means an authority that decides things. The cancer eating away at the modern West is a lack of authority to which people can point to judge public policy, public debate on those polices, as well as the reactions to those policies and debates. As a result, debate has degraded into various camps striking poses, usually by signaling their ...
US GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE
At usgovernmentspending.com we have assembled a record of government spending in the United States for the last century. You can view government spending, federal, state, and local, for every year from 1902 to the present. And you can generate charts of that spending. more>>
US GOVERNMENT RECEIPTS
At usgovernmentrevenue.com we have assembled a record of government revenue in the United States for the last century. You can view government receipts, federal, state, and local, for every year from 1902 to the present. And you can generate charts of that revenue. more>>
UK PUBLIC EXPENDITURE
At ukpublicspending.co.uk we have assembled a record of public spending in the United Kingdom for the last century. You can view British public spending, central government and local authority, for every year from 1983 to the present. And you can generate charts of that spending. more>>
ROAD TO THE MIDDLE CLASS
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 kings peace, the law of contract, and private property.
AN AMERICAN MANIFESTO
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.
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
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.
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison
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
[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 Societya complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churchesbuilds, 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
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 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