Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Does Rejecting Collectivism Make Me an ‘-ist’ or a ‘-phobe?’


I don’t believe:

  • All women simply because they’re women nor will I vote for a woman merely because she’s a woman. Why does that make me sexist?
  • Skin pigmentation makes all white people oppressors or all people of color oppressed. Why does that make me racist?
  • All Muslims want peaceful coexistence. Why does that make me an Islamophobe?
  • All corporations are evil. Why does that make me a corporatist?
  • All rich people stole or inherited their wealth, nor do I believe that all poor people were exploited. Why does that make me an elitist?

Why does treating people as individuals rather than as if they are nothing more than cookie-cutter representatives of some socio-economic group make me an “-ist” or a “-phobe?”


Kelly and MK discuss Kelly’s jump into the deep end of farm-to-table living off her own farm. Her challenge to live off the fruits of her labor and her land (documented @realbestlife on all social media!) for an entire year began Aug 1, and there has been fun and pain and great recipes and cute animal videos already! Let’s get into her feels during this giant adjustment, and feel good about the fact that all of us can still drink coffee!


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Don’t Replace the NRA, Reform It


New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the National Rifle Association, seeking to dissolve it over multiple incidences of fraud and mismanagement.

And the thing is, her case is pretty strong, in my opinion. Really, really strong. Wayne LaPierre has been the effective head of the NRA for decades now, and his … questionable financial decisions appear to have been made without the knowledge of the Board of Directors, who should (should) have oversight on such matters. This quote in particular jumped out at me:


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Costs and Benefits


“Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions – and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.” – Thomas Sowell

As a nod towards Dr. Bastiat (@drbastiat) and his post “A Brief Excursion into Hero Worship,” I thought it fitting to provide some Sowell food with today’s quote of the day. Rummaging through my collection of unused Thomas Sowell quotes, I decided this one best fits the events of 2020, since so many are driven by the government’s pursuit of benefits at whatever cost, however large.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Ricochet Replay: A Night with John Yoo


For those of you who couldn’t make our live broadcast, we present A Night with John Yoo.

John spends an hour+ with Ricochet Editor Emeritus Troy Senik to talk about his new book, “Defender in Chief,” to reminisce about clerking on the Supreme Court and his time in the Bush 43 Administration and legacy as “the torture memo lawyer.”


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Wayne’s World Is Crumbling


I didn’t write about this yesterday because I was angry and I rarely write well when my emotions get the best of me. I am a Patriot Benefactor Life member of the NRA. I have voted for responsible candidates in every NRA election. I have never voted for Wayne LaPierre. I care about the organization and its mission.

Yet, in spite of that, if what the NY AG has alleged is true, a platoon of Wayne LaPierre cronies have been elected to the Board and continue to help him pillage membership funds on behalf of himself and his family. That’s money that suckers like me contributed. So, yeah, I guess I’m still a little angry even today. Nothing has been proved at this point. All of this is allegation. I leave it for those interested to find the facts and make a determination for themselves. While I do not know if any of this is true, the opinions below are based on the possibility that it may be.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Marie’s Quilt Flag


After three months of quilting, my wife Marie just finished this quilt of the American flag. We’re going to use it as a wall hanging inside, a flag for special days outside. Marie took two flags, put batting in between, and then quilted a pattern down the 13 stripes and then quilted around the 50 stars. She had to align the two sides perfectly, so she spent a lot of time pinning the two sides together before she could quilt even a small section.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Karen Bought a Printer and a Roll of Duct Tape


Walking around the block where I was never within 20 feet of another human being, I started reading some brightly colored signs that had been hung all over the place with little strips of duct tape. Each read “Wear a mask in public, and expose those who don’t online. Public photography is legal. Shame is legal. #2DUMB2LIVE.”

These gave me pause as they reminded me greatly of the “Neighborhood Watch” signs I saw all over the place when I was studying one summer in Cuba. (The “revolution” must be guarded, you see. It’s important for “comrades” to police each other.)


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF PoMoCon #25: Tom Harmon


This week’s podcast in memory of Peter Lawler is a conversation on education, higher education, elites, and the drama of our times. Tom Harmon’s a friend and a wonderful professor and we talk about everything of concern to conservatives now–what’s wrong with America’s cognitive elites, the new ruling class, how come it’s got such a powerful effect on conservative and Republican elites, too, how we might help conservatives who opt for homeschooling and classical schools, and what it takes to defend the American way of life.


Known as the “Trusted Voice of Israel” David Rubin was Mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and Author of multiple books including his latest TRUMP AND THE JEWS. David appears as a frequent commentator on Fox News, Newsmax TV, and many other television and radio shows, while his articles have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Israel National News, and numerous other publications. David shares his and Israel’s perspective on Antifa, BLM, Biden, Beirut, Lebanon, Iran, Portland, Bibi Netanyahu’s snap election(!), Trump2020 and the Left’s growing antisemitism.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Brief Excursion into Hero Worship


It’s strange that conservatives don’t believe in heroes. You would think that our focus on preserving that which is good in humanity would turn our gaze toward those who have come before. But it is progressives that claim that one reason for the lack of success among certain groups is due to a lack of role models. Not me. I grew up as an aspiring athlete. I had a weight bench in my bedroom during junior high. All I did was work out. All I wanted was to be a great athlete. My father was a great athlete, but I didn’t even know. Partially because I didn’t care, and partially because he never felt the need to point that out to me. All I knew was that I was going to be a great athlete. I admired the tough guys – Pete Rose, Mike Ditka, etc. These were not necessarily nice people. I admired their accomplishments, but I had no desire to model my life after theirs. I don’t believe in heroes.

My parents are without question the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met. But the most extraordinary person I’ve never met is Thomas Sowell. I consider him to be one of the greatest thinkers of the past couple hundred years. And one of the great men of the past couple hundred years. And he’s an American citizen. And nearly all American students have never heard of him. This is extraordinary. Allow me just one brief essay on one of my very few heroes.


Last week, Rob Long and Peter Robinson found themselves in a disagreement about –not kidding– The Crusades. Well, one of the great things about having a very popular podcast is that you can get just about anyone to show up and adjudicate any dispute or question one might have. It’s basically like having Wikipedia on call. But more about that in a moment. Up first, independent journalist Michael Tracey had a radical idea: there was a lot of talk about the riots in the mainstream media, but almost no reporting on the aftermath and the human cost of the unrest. So he got in his car and did it himself. His story is very much worth your time, as is this conversation with him (thanks to Ricochet member @concretevol for the suggestion!). Then, as mentioned, we tracked down Professor Thomas Madden, aka the world’s foremost authority on The Crusades to determine who got it right. You’ll have to tune in to get the results. Also, @bossmongo wins the coveted LPoW badge this week, and are movie theaters history? We discuss.

Music from this week’s show: Ourselves To Know by Warren Zevon


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Win When You Win


I’ve never bought into the belief that capitalism creates winners and losers. I’m no genius but, thanks to capitalism, I benefit by others who are. I’m not Thomas Edison, but his light bulbs mean that my day doesn’t end when the sun goes down. I’m not Henry Ford but I’ve got a couple of cars to get me where I need to go. I’m not Bill Gates, but I’m using Word to write this. I’m not Steve Jobs, but I can read news and books and make phone calls on my iPhone. When an entrepreneur wins in the marketplace, I win.

Yes, the next innovation could cost me my job. But in a free market, as long as any needs or desires exist, jobs exist to meet those needs and desires. Government is the only thing that keeps me from finding a new job. Minimum wage laws, employee mandates, hiring quotas, occupational licensing, monopoly grants all artificially limit my employment opportunities.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. If I Were a Thoughtful Racist


I got to wondering. What would a thoughtful, intelligent, devious racist do? What kind of policies and positions would he take?

A thoughtful racist:


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Joe Biden is Just a Senile Old Bigot and Racist.


Joe Biden’s latest bigoted and racist remark no doubt resulted in numerous facepalms by his handlers who have valiantly tried to keep the doddering, senile candidate on message. Unlike some of Biden’s more incoherent mumbling, strange, tangential, and meandering remarks on a whole host of topics, Biden’s latest pronouncement was delivered emphatically and clearly:

“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “You say you want a revolution”: Incels, Ideology, and Charles Murray


For those that are unaware, Incel is a portmanteau of “involuntary celibate,” and encompasses men who fit just what that description implies, but also a range of other behaviors and opinions. The term was originally coined by a female Canadian university student as a reference, and the name for an online support group, to people of both genders that struggled to garner romantic relationships. Incels today are almost all men and are quite far afield of the original version of that term. In addition to their virginity, they have a developed system of thought on women, society, and romantic life. 

To put it bluntly, the vast majority of Incels consider women non-human. The kindest might deign to mark them as animals, or human-like creatures, hence the common use of the term “foid” (female humanoid). In their minds, women are incapable of love, loyalty, selflessness, real strength, or rational thought; they live to engage in casual relationships with high-status men (“chads”), and when they are inevitably made worthless anatomically and physically by this, spend the rest of their lives with desperate low-status men who provide them with money while they have children born of countless extramarital affairs. But maybe women who chose not to follow this path are slightly more highly regarded? No. Not even a little. Unmarried women are unimaginably selfish evildoers who live to lead on an endless stream of innocent men, and those that chose not to have children deserve instant death because they haven’t fulfilled the one purpose that women have in the world as breeding sows. 


Heartland’s Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode 255 of the In The Tank Podcast. Much debate has taken place over how the country should respond to the continuing Coronavirus outbreak. Countries around the world have used different strategies to varying success. The ITT crew takes a look at a new Heritage Foundation report that analyses approaches of 10 countries around the world. In addition, they dissect an fluff-piece article from the Washington Post about the Chinese Communist Party.

Opening Chit Chat


Control of the Senate is up for grabs; can Republicans hold on? Inside Elections’ Nathan Gonzales provides a comprehensive rundown of all the key races and where the overall picture stands on this week’s episode. Newsmax’s John Gizzi also talks about what it’s like to cover the Trump White House and where he think the president should go this month to recover his standing. Another edition of “Primary Night in America” runs down the key contests on the ballot next Tuesday, and Ad of the Week explains why candidates can say things in their ads which would never make it on the air in other contexts.


Let’s face it: our chances of surviving this year aren’t great. So former co-host Stephen Miller returns early for our annual Best 5 Albums list! Stephen is a contributor to Spectator USA, hosts the Versus Media podcast, and follow him on Twitter.

All the songs featured on this episode are included on a special Spotify playlist.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Give Me Relativism or Give Me Death


Relativism, the creed of today’s academy, claims that no objective ranking can be imposed on different beliefs or “truths” in any given domain. We cannot, for example, say that the ideas contained in Tolstoy’s novel, War and Peace, are in any way better than those contained in a “bodice-ripper” paperback romance. Nor can we claim that one culture is superior to another. Presumably, there is also nothing to choose between a college Civil Engineering textbook and the instructions that come with an Erector set. In short, there is no absolute capital “T” truth. Small “T” truths exist, but they are valid only within the context of the observer’s frame of reference – that is, limited to the observer’s culture, era, sex, race, etc.

But what is a relativist do when faced with Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? According to Darwin, those organisms that best adapt to their environments survive while those that don’t adapt or adapt less well die out. The information encoded in the former’s DNA has proven to be objectively better than that coded in the latter’s, and better in a very fundamental sense – survival. Nature is the ultimate domain-spanning judge.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Complexities of Birth Control Pills


As one who has spent much of his life trying to take complicated things and make them simple, I am often struck by the gift that some people seem to have for taking simple things and making them complicated. Take birth control pills, for example.

You would think this would not be a complicated matter. “Ok, Suzi, take one pill per day. Um…that’s about it.” But you would be amazed at how many different ways I’ve seen people goof this up. I have often heard the same line, “Hey doc, those pills you gave me didn’t work. I’m pregnant.” I’ve learned that after I hear that sentence, I’m likely to hear one doozy of a story afterward. For example:


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Supposedly Fun Thing I Wish I Would Like to Do Again


A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. So reads the bumper sticker on the late ’90s F-150. Someone is headed out for some fun on the lake. I wish I were that guy.

But I don’t.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Did Derek Chauvin Kill George Floyd?


If there is one thing that we all know, it is that, on 25 May, Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department killed George Floyd. This is what the newspapers say, and this is what we are told on television news. The only thing that seems to be in question is whether Chauvin is guilty of second- or third-degree murder.

Ordinarily, in the past, journalists took care to distinguish allegations from facts, but not in this case. They stuck to their claim that Chauvin had killed Floyd even when the medical examiner of Hennepin County issued a preliminary coroner’s report indicating that the latter had died of “cardiopulmonary arrest” – which is to say, a heart attack – and not asphyxiation; that he suffered “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease”; that he was at the time of death hopped up on fentanyl; and that he had recently used methamphetamines. On National Review Online, on 4 June, the LAPD veteran who writes under the name of Jack Dunphy pointed out the obvious implications, but no one in the mainstream media bothered to note that drugs of this sort can cause shortness of breath and cardiac arrest and that Floyd may have died of a drug overdose.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Sex, Violence, and Marriage


I’ve been engaged in a pair of interesting conversations lately with people whose views are, shall we say, somewhere to the left of my own — and yes, I know that’s a pretty big crowd — about the meanings of words. Specifically, we’ve been talking about “sex” and “violence.”

The left is in the process of redefining sex to mean something other, something broader and less precise, than male or female. They do this by pointing to differences in the way human sexual traits are distributed, claiming that abnormal combinations of traits represent new sexes, rather than merely variations in distribution. (They also cite biological abnormalities, the rare genetic mutations that cause some people to actually be sexually ambiguous in their physiology.)


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Forgiveness Is an Act of Will


“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” — Corrie Ten Boom

All of us can recall times in our lives when we’ve been wronged. Whether a hurt happened to us as a child, teenager, or adult, the pain can stay with us. We may have found it difficult, even impossible, to forgive the person who harmed us. Since the pain remains, we assume we are righteous in our anger and may refuse to let go of the incident.