Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
All of our content at Ricochet, from the posts to the podcasts, is ultimately dependent on you, the reader. The revenue that we receive from people who sign up for a Ricochet membership allows us to keep this place humming — and to provide a forum for civil conversation unlike any other on the web. Making sure that these memberships continue to grow is a vital part of keeping Ricochet vibrant and healthy. All this week, we’ll be publishing testimonials about the site’s value from some of our most respected contributors (and — this being Ricochet — we invite our members to start similar threads on the Member Feed) to tell you why you should be a member if you’re not already (and why you should upgrade your membership if you already are). We begin this week with this note from Paul Rahe, Professor of History at Hillsdale College and longtime Ricochet contributor:
I have been writing now for Ricochet for something like four years. I do so because there is nothing quite like it. Ricochet allows me to think out loud, to try out arguments. The worst that can happen to me is that I learn something that I did not know. The Code of Conduct and the simple fact that one must pay a monthly pittance to join eliminates comments that are vile and reduces enormously the number that are merely insulting. What remains is argument — more often than not interesting argument. The community of members is large. It includes Americans (and non-Americans) from every walk of life. They frequently know things that I do not know — things that confirm the hunch that caused me to write in the first place or that disprove my point. In short, when I write a post, I initiate a conversation. When I comment on someone else’s post, I join a conversation — and the conversation is frequently informative and entertaining. Sometimes it is downright hilarious — and I often find that I want to meet my fellow members, which I have done in Manhattan, in Silicon Valley, in Los Angeles, and right here in Hillsdale, Michigan, where everyone shows up sooner or later.
That sense of community is exactly what we’re trying to foster on the site. And we want you to be a part of it. Why wait? Sign up and join Ricochet today!