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(This post would have been shorter, but for inflation.) If you believe there is inflation, does that make you an “Inflation Truther”?  Does that belief mean you are an ignorant gold-hawking rube from the Ricochet fever swamps?  If you doubt the government Consumer Price Index figures, are you a conspiracy theorist? Preview Open

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I finally made it to the range this evening.  First time in a month, and my first time without one of the girls along in about a year.  240 rounds later and I’m much more relaxed.  Following the Jason Rudert rule of Targets, I present the following, along with a question. My grouping is decent, […]

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Since the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites nearly 25 years ago, an anti-Reagan trope is that the fall of Soviet communism was inevitable and that Reagan’s “militarism” was both dangerous and unnecessary. Likewise, as we continue to see Israel prosecute its effort to defeat the despicable thugs of Hamas, we hear voices […]

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I very much enjoy National Review Online but the experience with my iPad is horrid.  There is so much junk, so much resizing an movong around of the data that the loads take a very long time and this really detracts from my enjoyment.   Anyone else having this issue? Preview Open

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A Conservative War Over the Fed? Wait, What?

 

“Then it’s war! Then it’s war! Gather the forces! Harness the horses! It’s war!” – Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly in “Duck Soup.”

A breathlessly headlined Federalist piece, “Conservatives Need To Have It Out Over The Federal Reserve,” offers a tossed data-salad recap of the prewar Austrian-based criticisms (sigh …) of Federal Reserve policy that are currently popular on the right. (I feel really fortunate to have been handed a copy of Milton Friedman’s Free To Choose by my high school econ teacher. Thanks, Mr. Roelofs!)

The Libertarian Podcast: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Experiment

 

This week on the Libertarian Podcast, I take Professor Epstein through a discussion of the new $15-an-hour minimum wage law in Seattle. In addition to breaking down the economics, Richard takes us through the relative dangers from federal v. state and local minimum wages, explains why living wage advocates need to get over their love affair with Henry Ford, and lays out how a good classical liberal should approach government aid for the lower class. Listen here:

Bonus coverage: check out Richard’s recent discussion of this topic on the PBS Newshour:  

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In 2007-2008 I won a lot of lunches from friends betting that Hillary would not even get the nomination, much less the Presidency.  I am making the same bets now, and some of the same victims are taking them. (I know, this is a tedious subject with all the chaos exploding around us.  However, the […]

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In an attempt to take a break from the border crisis and SSM debates I have a question for the Ricochetti.  What are your top toe tapping songs?  I’m not talking about your favorite songs necessarily, just the ones that get your toes tapping and put you in a better mood whenever you hear them?  […]

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The Left’s Obsession with Fox News

 

fauxnewsFor me, Twitter is less a social-media service than a six-year-long political argument with no sign of ending. In myriad (and meaningless) keyboard battles, I’ve tangled with progressives on economic policy, foreign affairs, elections, pop culture, social issues, education reform and countless other topics.

Obviously, I waste too much time on Twitter. But whatever the subject, my liberal enablers always drop the same line; one they believe will end the debate for good. About every other day since 2008, I’ve been on the receiving end of this withering coup de grâce, always delivered with a supercilious tone of finality.

“Maybe you should stop watching Fox News!” The more clever interlocutors misspell it “Faux News,” adding wonky jargon such as “dum winger” or “tea-tard.”

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I get Kindle deal alerts via BookBub, and most of the featured items have been lackluster. This looks amazing. I’m going to maneuver my month’s blow money so I can buy it.  The deal purportedly saves you $28. Then as long as I’m acquiring books online with my discretionary fund, I’m going to Abe Books and buying up several […]

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A few days ago, the President’s staff began to leak to the “lick-spittle” press that Obama was considering a unilateral executive action that would amount to amnestying nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. In my opinion this would be a pretty clear abuse of power and quite possibly force the Republicans into filing impeachment proceedings. Then, […]

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Paul Rahe offers this definition, in the course of explaining how many Republican Presidents (and aspirants, like Romney) were, in fact, Progressives: “What lies at the heart of Progressivism? A rejection of natural rights, a frustration with limited government, and the desire to manage the lives of other people in the name of their good.” Preview Open

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A View from Nowhere

 

GAZA, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY - DECEMBER 2: A child passes a bombed-out residential block in the Al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, December 2, 2012.Kevin Williamson is one of my favorite National Review columnists. Few people are as deft as Williamson when it comes to making an argument in 1,000 words. So I’m going to use his new piece, which is up today at NR, to make some points I need to make about Palestine.

I’ve been mentally arguing with pundits in my head for the past few weeks now, so maybe it’s time to bring a bit of this to Ricochet. Some of you know that I lived there for about eight months in the year 2000. I spent the spring in at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, which is in Jerusalem, but sits right on the green line bordering Bethlehem. (There was an Israeli checkpoint just outside our building.) We took classes both at Bethlehem University and at Hebrew University. Then I spent the summer teaching English in Gaza City.

While I was abroad, I talked politics constantly, both with Israelis and with Arabs. It’s like Washington that way; everyone wants to discuss politics. I found that most people on both sides were pretty prepared to hash things out, drink some tea and still be friends. I sat in the living rooms of Palestinians and told them that their ideas about “returning home” were totally unrealistic, and some people got mad at me but not mad enough to serve me cold tea. I guess when you’re used to wars of bullets, you’re not easily intimidated by wars of words.