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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.

USgovernmentdebt.us is a resource on government debt in the United States. It presents tables and charts on federal debt and overall national debt in the United States from 1792 to the present. Data are sourced from US budget data and US Census reports. Start here.

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.

USfederalbudget.us is an web tool to analyze the US federal budget. It presents tables and charts on the federal budget from 1986 to the present. Data are sourced from official US budget data. 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 Federal Bailout gets down to the details of the federal bailouts in the Crash of 2008. Everyone knows about TARP and the bank bailout. Fortunately, the banks have paid back most of the money they got in the fall of 2008. Now you can check out all the other bailouts and guarantees that the federal government handed out in its efforts to stave off a global financial meltdown. 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.


Biography

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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WE BLOG DAILY, Monday to Friday, at www.americanmanifesto.org, chiefly on national US politics, religion, education, mutual aid, and law. We also look at our junior partners in the global Anglospheric hegemony, the British. It is hard to say why, but very often our blogging zeroes in like a laser on liberal hypocrisies, monopolies, and sinecures. Of course, we love our liberal friends to bits, but we do not take them quite as seriously as they do. If we get too pompous and serious, please get in touch and tell us to lighten up.

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Nationalism is the Movement to Counter The Dictatorship of the Educated Class

LET us stipulate the cry of the globalists, that their agenda is the solution to all our problems: to subordinate our deplorable selves to educated, evolved leaders that will end forever the battle of race against race, of class against class, of religion against religion. Very well, to subordinate ourselves, in other words, to our all-wise and all-loving godly betters.

But that is not how the reality of the dictatorship of the educated class has worked out in practice. That's because our semi-divine rulers have had to rule just like every other sub-lunary ruler, by dividing the world into Us and Them: race against race, class against class, gender against gender.

But then what's the point? As I understand it, from the days of Marx, our educated class rulers have promised to lead us up from the dusty plains up to the mountain tops. Or as Trotsky wrote:

The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. The average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above this ridge new peaks will rise.
This, of course, is the marching song of the People of the Creative Self, the beating hope within every creative breast that xe will be the One to light the world with their creative brilliance. And then go on to bigger and better things.

Now I say there is a right way and a wrong way to go about the creative process. The right way is to dream your creative dream and then offer it to the world, on your knees. The wrong way is to dream your creative dream and then ram it down the throat of the rest of the world.

So what in the world is a chap like Emmanuel Macron smoking? His idea is that wise educated men like him from the Grande Écoles will get together in Brussels and issue edicts to the ordinary people of Europe. That's the only safe way, you see because the one time we tried something different we got Hitler. Therefore globalism good, nationalism bad.

The only problem, globalists, is the objection of the hated racist sexist homophobe Enoch Powell, who said, inter alia, that Europe could not work because there is no European demos. That's Greek for "European people."

Now Michael Walsh proposes we think of our educated class overlords as the devotees of a cult:
Rather, the demons are the Marxist and other Socialist millenarians who, since the middle of the 19th century, have promulgated their pernicious one-worldism, first as the dictatorship of the proletariat, then as ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer, the Soviet occupation and the fiction of the Warsaw Pact, and finally as the European Union—a kind of USSR-lite, but one centrally run from Brussels instead of Moscow, with an army of bureaucrats to keep its restive member states, farmers, workers, and peasantry in line.
Actually, the one-worlders do have a demos. It is people like them with advanced degrees and with sinecures in the universities and NGOs. For people like that the world is their oyster: they can always get the paperwork to live and work anywhere in the world. Hey, what's yer problem, deplorable?

But let us just think of the educated-class one-worlders as just another religion with a glorious vision of the world as it could be. Only thing is, that if their vision is a religion it almost always involves Us and Them. Matt Ridley in The Origins of Virtue:
[T]he universalism of the modern Christian message has tended to obscure the obvious fact about religious teaching -- that it almost always emphasizes the differences between the in-group and the out-group: us versus them; Israelite and Philistine; Jew and Gentile; saved and damned... Religion teaches its adherents that they are a chosen race and their nearest rivals are benighted fools or even subhumans. There is nothing especially surprising about this, given the origins of most religions as beleaguered cults in tribally divided, violent societies. [ p.191]
So, are we to understand that our progressive friends are a cult that is feeling rather beleaguered right now? But then the fact is that we deplorables are feeling rather beleaguered too, given the refusal of our lefty friends to let us dine in peace, go to college in peace, even elect a president in peace.

See I'd say that the sensible thing for our globalist friends to do would be to keep quiet, exchange their secret handshakes with their fellow globalists and get on with administering the world. We deplorables would never figure out what was going down until it was too late.

By launching their post-modern identity politics religion upon us they are crowding us into a corner, where the options are to submit or to create our own religion of beleaguered deplorability that can fight mano-a-mano with the cult of globalism.

And anyway, the globalists are wrong: they are fools, and maybe even subhuman. The One Big Thing of the last two centuries has been the Great Enrichment through capitalism that has taken us from $3 per person per day to $150 per person today, and our educated ruling-class has been fighting it all the way.

Because here is the amazing thing. If we all just keep our cotton-pickin' hands off politics and surrender to the market we all survive and prosper. Beyond our wildest dreams.

And all it takes is just two things. First, if you have a really cool creative idea you submit it to the verdict of the market; you do not go to your local politician and get him to force it on the rest of us. Second, if the market seems to be going against you, as in threatening your job or the salary you have become accustomed to, then the right thing to do is figure out another way to contribute to society; you do not go to your local politician and get him to keep your company or salary going by government subsidy or regulation.

But you know what? It is the hardest thing in the world for the People of the Creative Self not to force their brilliant ideas on the rest of us, and the hardest thing in the world for the People of the Subordinate Self not to follow some man on a white horse that promises to protect them from the market.

But meanwhile, what kind of a religion can we gen up to oppose the cruel and unjust religion of the educated ruling class, and "the priests" of the ruling class like Emmanuel Macron.

OK. It  obviously involves nationalism. What what else? Que más?


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Emotion Rules the World, Scientists Say

ONE of the universals of our time is that both sides of the political battlefront insist that they are on the side of reason and logic, while the other guys are for feelings and emotion. For instance conservatives offer the constitution and limited government as the acme of logic and reason, while the left with their "living constitution" are just trying to legislate their feelings. But ...

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Nietzsche Railed Against "The Priests." But Now "The Priests" are Wealthy Liberals

IT'S no secret that our lefty friends think that by importing tons of non-white immigrants to the US they will eventually turn America into a "majority-minority" country, where dead-white males no longer rule from the grave. Yesterday I proposed that probably the future won't be that simple, mainly because the old black-white binary is being complicated by yellows and browns -- who often ...

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Suppose It's Liberals That Created Angry White Shooters

I know we are all supposed to join in the liberal group hate on angry white men that pop up all the time to commit mass shootings, in Las Vegas, in bars, and synagogues. And the only solution is to ban all guns. But what if liberals are to blame for the anger of angry white men? I mean, if you spend your whole life nattering on about the patriarchy, white nationalism, toxic masculinity, And ...

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 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 king’s peace, the law of contract, and private property.


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 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.


 

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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