Question Time!

 

A few times a year, we forgo the guests and open the floor to you, our faithful Ricochet members/listeners to ask the hosts and/or founders anything you want. Politics. culture, movies, sports, recipes, advice for the lovelorn — everything is on the table. Leave your questions in the comments and we’ll get to as many as we can. But you gotta be a Ricochet member to play. Not a member? Join now and ask a question!

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  1. Front Seat Cat Member

    How many members does Ricochet have and in how many countries? Who are the famous people – just give the initials and a hint – I know this will take some time, but I’ll wait..

    • #1
    • February 7, 2019, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  2. John Stanley Coolidge

    This question come from a Libertarian, who is getting more Libertarian everyday. 

    The question is: What book best explains your theory of liberty-freedom?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  3. Richard Easton Member

    What are the best and worst things Trump has done. Who will be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. How many Democratic office holders in Virginia haven’t worn blackface.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  4. David Knights Member

    Has Rob considered pitching a sitcom consisting of nothing but the tweet conversations between Jonathon Last and Shannon Last?

    • #4
    • February 7, 2019, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  5. FightinInPhilly Thatcher

    Has the Ricochet executive committee (surely you have one, no?) discussed changes to the model, such as sponsored podcasts, or higher priced membership tiers? For example, are there 100 Ricochet members that would pay $1000 a year? How about podcasts where a specific topic, say the Constitution or the Civil War is discussed over 10 episodes? I mean, if Charles Cooke can talk about the Beatles for six hours on Political Beats, surely you can pull this off. Maybe there is an hunger for less current event focused material.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:24 PM PDT
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  6. filmklassik Member

    Un-fun but important question: Can anything but a major economic calamity or act of war ever shake Millennials and Generation Z’ers out of their deep-dyed inclination toward “woke” Progressivism?

    Is it even possible? Or does Kipling’s timeless The Gods of the Copybook Headings apply yet again?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:30 PM PDT
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  7. Michael Minnott Member

    Which cheesey 3D sci-fi movie from the 1980s is your favorite?

    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

    or

    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:44 PM PDT
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  8. Mike Rapkoch Member

    Why is there anything rather than nothing?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:51 PM PDT
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  9. JohnFromWV Inactive

    Has @roblong ever worked in movies? What are the benefits of working in TV vs. movies?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  10. Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq Contributor

    Ricochet Audio Network: advice for the lovelorn

    Well that’s just asking for trouble. But okay, I’ll bite.

    With the rise of toxic feminism, with the demands of continuous verbal consent, with the hazards of dating someone who might later decide that it was rape, with everything that’s conspiring to make modern romance what it is, is there a set number of cats I’ll need or is it always one more?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 3:30 PM PDT
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  11. Chris Campion Coolidge

    Michael Minnott (View Comment):

    Which cheesey 3D sci-fi movie from the 1980s is your favorite?

    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

    or

    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

    Colon: The Lead-In To The Punchline

     

    I remember both of these flicks fondly. Perfectly awful.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 5:17 PM PDT
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  12. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    Michael Minnott (View Comment):

    Which cheesey 3D sci-fi movie from the 1980s is your favorite?

    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

    or

    Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone

    Metalstorm. Duh. 

    How about something more near and dear to 80’s nerd-dom: 

    “The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension” 

    or

    “Big Trouble In Little China” ? 

    Or better still

    “Labyrinth” or “Ladyhawke”? 

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    • February 7, 2019, at 5:41 PM PDT
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  13. Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq Contributor

    Given what you know right now would you advise a hypothetical seventeen-year-old son to go to college or take up a trade?

    If you knew that no one would ever ask for his diploma would you advise him to finish high school?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 6:18 PM PDT
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  14. GFHandle Member

    Me and some friends agree: we’d love to see a documentary following the creation and ongoing writing of a TV show. How do the writers seen in the credits spend their time together? Is there always a story arc before production starts or do they wing it? And if that, then HOW?

    Could such a behind the scenes docu find a market?

     

     

     

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    • February 7, 2019, at 6:40 PM PDT
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  15. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Are Rob and Peter seriously thinking of joining James Lileks at the Minnesota State Fair this year for a podcast? Because I’ll help organize a Ricochet Meetup if they do it. 

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    • February 7, 2019, at 6:51 PM PDT
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  16. James Lileks Contributor

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Are Rob and Peter seriously thinking of joining James Lileks at the Minnesota State Fair this year for a podcast? Because I’ll help organize a Ricochet Meetup if they do it. 

    I think the NR Cruise may interfere with this. I am conflicted about that, since I would be obligated to do my live show 12 days straight again, and that was really . . . wearying.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 7:17 PM PDT
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  17. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Are Rob and Peter seriously thinking of joining James Lileks at the Minnesota State Fair this year for a podcast? Because I’ll help organize a Ricochet Meetup if they do it.

    I think the NR Cruise may interfere with this. I am conflicted about that, since I would be obligated to do my live show 12 days straight again, and that was really . . . wearying.

    Maybe you will have to invite Rob and Peter to join you in Fargo and do a podcast from Lileks Oil.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 7:20 PM PDT
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  18. Could Be Anyone Member

    What is your opinion of evolutionary psychology? And do you believe that it is compatible with or in contradiction towards conservative political theory?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 7:49 PM PDT
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  19. Blue Yeti Admin

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Are Rob and Peter seriously thinking of joining James Lileks at the Minnesota State Fair this year for a podcast? Because I’ll help organize a Ricochet Meetup if they do it.

    I think the NR Cruise may interfere with this. I am conflicted about that, since I would be obligated to do my live show 12 days straight again, and that was really . . . wearying.

    This is not a question. 

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    • February 7, 2019, at 9:16 PM PDT
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  20. Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq Contributor

    Will we ever have a non-lawyer Supreme Court justice again?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 9:18 PM PDT
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  21. Michael Minnott Member

    Which is your favorite 1970s movie starring William Shatner?

    Big Bad Momma

    or

    The Devil’s Rain

    The first one has Angie Dickinson…naked. The second has Ernest Borgnine…made up like a goat-man. Both are thus quite exciting…for very different reasons.

    As a bonus, both movies feature Tom Skerritt…before he got eaten by an alien.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 9:51 PM PDT
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  22. Clive Staples Member

    Can even never-Trump-ers recognize that no Republican president or presidential candidate since Reagan has given such a full-throated, in-your-face takedown of the current, most egregious postulates of the progressive movement as was done in the SOTU speech?

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    • February 7, 2019, at 10:14 PM PDT
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  23. RPD Member
    RPD

    What, if anything, can be done about the Left’s domination of academia. They seem to have a chokehold from K-postgrad.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 11:41 PM PDT
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  24. Mark Wilson Member

    Hank Rhody, Meddling Cowpoke (View Comment):

    Will we ever have a non-lawyer Supreme Court justice again?

    What is the alternative to judicial review? I’ve heard some conservatives say judicial review was not part of the original intent as part of the argument against judicial supremacy.

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    • February 8, 2019, at 12:45 AM PDT
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  25. Fred Cole Member

    Here’s my questions for all three hosts:

    1. What are you reading right now?
    2. What are you writing right now?
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    • February 8, 2019, at 3:08 AM PDT
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  26. RufusRJones Member

    filmklassik (View Comment):

    Un-fun but important question: Can anything but a major economic calamity or act of war ever shake Millennials and Generation Z’ers out of their deep-dyed inclination toward “woke” Progressivism?

    Is it even possible?

    Not until the bond market collapses. Then all of the bad governance and fantasies will finally get wiped out in favor of trade, actual productivity, and free association. 

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    • February 8, 2019, at 4:43 AM PDT
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  27. RufusRJones Member

    What do you think of Carlos Castaneda? I liked reading his books but they obviously didn’t do me any good. 

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    • February 8, 2019, at 4:44 AM PDT
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  28. Stad Thatcher

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Are Rob and Peter seriously thinking of joining James Lileks at the Minnesota State Fair this year for a podcast? Because I’ll help organize a Ricochet Meetup if they do it.

    I think the NR Cruise may interfere with this. I am conflicted about that, since I would be obligated to do my live show 12 days straight again, and that was really . . . wearying.

    Maybe you will have to invite Rob and Peter to join you in Fargo and do a podcast from Lileks Oil.

    This sounds like fun!

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    • February 8, 2019, at 5:29 AM PDT
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    Oh, I’m supposed to leave a question.

    If a Minnesota State Fair Ricochet podcast is out of the question, how about one in Charleston, SC? Great food, lots of things to see and do. Just do it off-season so folks can actually afford a hotel room downtown.

    I’d advise against visiting the old slave market in blackface . . .

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    • February 8, 2019, at 6:32 AM PDT
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  30. Michael Minnott Member

    RPD (View Comment):

    What, if anything, can be done about the Left’s domination of academia. They seem to have a chokehold from K-postgrad.

    The problem was providing government funding for education, whether it be for public education, or government backed student loans. This makes education loyal to the state, rather than to students and their parents.

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    • February 8, 2019, at 7:08 AM PDT
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