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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America toast the conservative upset in the Australian elections. They also note Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg keeps taking far left positions on issues, disproving the media myth of him being a moderate. And they react to Illinois conservatives wanting to separate Chicago from the […]

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A bill to extend tax credits for the purchase of electric cars is before the Congress. It has bipartisan support, and supporters specifically cite the threat of global warming as a reason for this measure. It is estimated that this extension will cost $16 billion in lost revenues. The idea that electric cars are so […]

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Over the years, Ricochet’s members who practice law have occasionally mollified our common predilection for lawyer jokes by providing examples of honest-to-goodness Justice in action. At the local levels, at least, American judicial systems seem to work now and then; even if other first-hand experiences among Ricochetti have been downright depressing. Would anyone care to […]

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In continuing my attempt to become Ricochet’s resident contrarian, I’m writing about the scourge of the Millenial and Gen Z generations: the unpaid internship. These internships should be banned because they restrict the labor market and artificially increase economic inequality. I also propose a simple regulation that could effectively accomplish my goal of opening up […]

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In this day of hug and release I was fortunate that my turn at policing took place in an earlier era. It’s a strange job. You offer compassion when you can, and there are times that you have to use physical force, pain compliance to stop the nonsense. The Mounted Unit is gone now, a […]

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Thing a Day 1: Razib Khan’s Latest Article Was Not Good

 

So the last time I wrote a post was July 17, 2018. Sure, I comment around here from time to time (last time: April 16, 2019), and I was on quite the streak of promotions. However, I feel I am not contributing much to the conversation around here, and given I submitted grades this morning and am more or less on my own clock now, I’m going to attempt -this week -to have a thing a day I say something about. Doesn’t have to be long. Doesn’t have to be profound. My goal is just to say something about five things this week. Once a day. We’ll go from there.

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Many people who otherwise oppose abortion seem willing to make an exception for “rape and incest.” Can anyone provide a rationale for the “incest” exception? I understand that rape and incest are overlapping categories, meaning that there can be a case of incest that is also rape. But in such cases, there is no need […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a lively discussion of the Trump administration’s withdrawal of federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project. Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand says states would no longer be able to legislate on abortion if she gets elected. And Jim offers a radical counter-proposal after […]

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The Eternal Game of Knifey-Spoony: British Knife Control

 

Recently, a British police force tweeted out a picture of a set of knives given to them for safe disposal. The astute among you have no doubt already noticed the spoon in that picture. ‘Safely disposing of’ kitchen knives is stupid, the fencing foil is just sad, but the spoon? Thank heavens we have these dangerous instruments off the streets! Okay, maybe this is a charity (from a casual internet glance they’re St. Vincent’s but woke) is just trying to get rid of things which might be illegal and some joker dumped extra bits into the pile. Then a couple of days later the same police outfit (and I caution you that this is, in fact, a police force and not actually a Twitter parody account) tweets out this.

Yeah. You just raided someone’s toolbox. No mistaking here; that Phillips screwdriver is a threat to life and limb! I can imagine why you’d want to ban knives to prevent knife crime, but why would you ban bastard files? Tired of the cheap jokes? At this point I can see three possibilities:

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I’m curious to hear where Ricochet members stand on this issue. I understand we have some Anarcho-Capitalists here, who believe that government is inherently evil. We also have people who believe in fairly vigorous government regulation. I personally support government intervention when there is no reasonable alternative. Many CEOs will either attempt to achieve and […]

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At the risk of poking a hornets’ nest, I wonder what folks think of this development. It seems Alabama has decided on banning all abortions at any time except to save the life of the mother. Personally, I doubt this will stand, even with a conservative Supreme Court because of stare decisis or the idea […]

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Thing a Day 3: Notes on the Corporate University

 

As I was in the car today, I listened to the latest Power Line Podcast, with Steve Hayward and Phillip Magness — of yesterday’s Thing a Day. In the course of the conversation, they discuss the idea of the “neoliberalizing” of the university, subjecting the university to the market, and some similar ideas. In particular, they discuss the death of the humanities being accompanied by an increase in humanities professors and more humanities requirements — even as humanities majors decline. They also discuss the idea that the university is being undermined by exposure to the market — which they do not agree with.

I don’t know whether neoliberalizing is the right description — I definitely don’t think the problem is “exposure to the market” given how regulated the higher education sector is. However, I would like to push back a little in a couple of places.

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Jim is back! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of New Yorkers bluntly rejecting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2020 presidential bid but it does give Greg an idea of how to thin the 24-candidate field. They also applaud Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for giving […]

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China Has a Master Economic Plan. Is It Better Than America’s?

 

Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon told CNBC viewers today that China has “a master plan to become an economic hegemon.” I mean, yeah. Sure. A quarter millennium ago, China was the world’s largest economy and it is no doubt eager to regain that position if possible. And not just in terms of nominal GDP, but also as an economy on the technological frontier. Thus its efforts to leap forward in advanced manufacturing and AI.

The former, GDP, is easier to measure than relative tech prowess. Well, not that easy. My AEI colleague Derek Scissors has argued that “claims that China’s economy is already the world’s largest may be exaggerated by up to 30%.” And a comparison of national wealth shows “the American lead expanding.” But clearly the Chinese economy is pretty big and getting bigger and is technologically sophisticated in a way that the Soviet Union never was.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 15, 2019 it is the FREE LUNCH (Yesss!) edition of the show, number 224 (omgggg) with you charmingly lunchable hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week, we begin with an assessment of the Dems race to the bottom. Who can […]

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Thing A Day 2: Equivocation and History

 

I had never heard of Kevin M. Kruse, of Princeton, until this semester. There’s nothing particularly shocking about that — he’s a historian and I am not. I think his name bounced around the edges of my awareness, but this semester I was on a panel discussing religion in the Founding Era, and one of the panelists was using Kruse’s book One Nation Under God as the primary source for his argument. Today, I saw this exchange on twitter:

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Alabama legislators for passing a sweeping abortion ban but Alexandra wonders how well it will stand up to legal challenges. They also shake their heads as Beto O’Rourke relaunches his presidential campaign by apologizing for his privilege, calling Stacey Abrams his hero, and […]

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A Millennial Entrepreneur on the Problems with Millennials

 

Having made her way through undergrad and a Master’s degree with no debt, Shama Hyder, the CEO of Zen Media and the bestselling author of The Zen of Social Media and Momentum, is fed up with her generation’s entitled attitude. Shama shares with Carol Roth how being an immigrant has informed her gratitude for the opportunities America affords us, the secrets to becoming successful (hint: there are no shortcuts) and what needs to happen in raising the next generation, as well as her own formula for graduating with no debt.

 

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Attorney General Bill Barr for appointing U.S. Attorney John Dunham to look into how the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe started and that all sides of the 2016 allegations will get investigated. They also shudder as Rep. Rashida Tlaib doubles down on her suggestion that […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America grab some popcorn as supporters of Sen. Cory Booker blast the media for giving far more attention to Pete Buttigieg, calling the coverage gap the epitome of privilege. They also slam Code Pink for commandeering the Venezuelan embassy in Washington in solidarity with dictator […]

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