There are 21 comments.

  1. Member

    Klavan is awesome. He uses just the right images — both verbal and visual. Sadly, neither I nor my fellow teachers can show this or any of his videos to our students other than our own children at home, so those we most desperately need to see them will continue to postpone their adulthoods in droves — some permanently — so that they can have a liberal phase.

    Please tell me that Master Andrew has several Padawan apprentices developing in the wings. Succession is essential to any good organization …

    • #1
    • October 31, 2012 at 3:37 am
    • Like
  2. Member

    “(The good news for Drew is, it’ll be a long long list….)”

    Where do I go to sign up?

    • #2
    • October 31, 2012 at 4:39 am
    • Like
  3. Thatcher

    I love it! Keep ’em coming, Drew!

    • #3
    • October 31, 2012 at 4:42 am
    • Like
  4. Member

    I think “Corporate Welfare” is a catchier label than “Crony Capitalism”.

    But that’s just me.

    • #4
    • October 31, 2012 at 5:44 am
    • Like
  5. Inactive

    I’m glad Andrew Klavin is making the point that Cronyism is not Capitalism. It has always seemed to me that a better name for “crony capitalism” would be “crony socialism”. The key feature of cronyism is the use of political connections for economic gain. That use of government power to control economic decisions is the key feature of socialism.

    Ever since Carl Marx defined Capitalism as the opposite of Socialism and further restricted the description of capitalism to something that is much closer to Mercantilism than to anything involving free markets, the left has controlled the terms of economic debate. It is all but impossible to defend economic freedom without being seen as defending Crony Capitalism. We need to make rhetorical space for the ideas of freedom. One way to do that is by pushing back at misleading terms like crony capitalism.

    • #5
    • October 31, 2012 at 5:58 am
    • Like
  6. Inactive

    Klavan, the man is genius, pure and simple.

    • #6
    • October 31, 2012 at 8:12 am
    • Like
  7. Thatcher


    Also, Klavan is awesome.

    • #7
    • October 31, 2012 at 8:35 am
    • Like
  8. Coolidge

    Klavan is a national treasure.

    • #8
    • October 31, 2012 at 8:35 am
    • Like
  9. Inactive

    HA!! The Clinton administration cut was my favorite.

    • #9
    • October 31, 2012 at 8:47 am
    • Like
  10. Member

    File this one under “Reasons why I will be voting for Mitt Romney!”

    • #10
    • October 31, 2012 at 8:55 am
    • Like
  11. Thatcher

    Another great Klavan bit. It would be cool if Ricochet would put together an annual DVD for it’s subscribers, featuring all the Andrew Klavan videos from the previous year.

    • #11
    • October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am
    • Like
  12. Inactive

    I’m glad that Klavan made the case that banks don’t just do risky things (like pile up lots of poorly-secured real estate loans) in a vacuum. They do those risky things when government is stupid enough to shoulder the risk, but not the reward. Once again, politicians don’t realize how their heavy hand changes the market landscape. They create artificial market incentives, and then wonder why the market stops behaving logically.

    • #12
    • October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am
    • Like
  13. Member

    The son of George A Romnero strikes.

    • #13
    • October 31, 2012 at 9:51 am
    • Like
  14. Inactive

    Klavan is pretty entertaining. He’s basically telling the story that Peter Wallison tells about the housing/financial collapse, but it sure is more fun to hear Klavan tell it. I’d hate to be on the receiving end.

    • #14
    • October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am
    • Like
  15. Inactive

    A Mr. Creosote reference! What a great symbol of our bloated government, gorging itself on the public trough. Well done Bald Wonder. Well done indeed.

    • #15
    • October 31, 2012 at 10:39 am
    • Like
  16. Member


    • #16
    • October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am
    • Like
  17. Inactive

    Crony Capitalism- why invest billions to make a great product or service when senators, congressman, state legislatures and presidents can be bought for thousands and regulate your competitors to death? The only solution is to make government so small it isn’t worth buying.

    • #17
    • October 31, 2012 at 11:32 am
    • Like
  18. Inactive

    I wish his series of videos was shown in every middle and high school in the land. Plus the introduction of an Angry Birds-like game to inoculate the young against all the progressivism they’ll be receiving in their formative years.

    • #18
    • October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am
    • Like
  19. Member

    I’m still laughing about his one-state solution for the MidEast from several years ago.

    • #19
    • October 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm
    • Like
  20. Inactive

    Klavan barada nikto.. the day Earth’s capitalism came to a stand still.. He’s got the look.

    • #20
    • October 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    • Like
  21. Inactive

    Klavan lives!

    • #21
    • November 1, 2012 at 3:59 am
    • Like