Tag: Conservatism

Hazony, Reason and Conservatives

 

When you finish listening to all the Ricochet podcasts, listen to Yoram Hazony on Matt Lewis and the News, discussing Is Reason Overrated? Anyone trying to understand the Trump and post-Trump eras should start with Hazony’s writings (such as What Is Conservatism?). More

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Social Media Alternatives for Conservatives

 

So this may be a topic that is already addressed somewhere on Ricochet, but I am new here and still trying to find my way around. I found Ricochet while searching for social media platforms for conservatives. I’m shocked by the lack of alternatives given the hostile treatment we get on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Is it that difficult to collect resources and technological expertise for a platform to upload videos (serious question, not rhetorical)? If anyone is aware of good alternatives please list them in a comment. As I am aware:

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Trump’s DACA Victory

 

This last week the Supreme Court prevented the Trump administration from ending DACA. Which gives Trump one of the biggest wins of his short political career. In his characteristic razor sharp analysis Ben Shapiro wrote: “But the Supreme Court’s rejection is actually a win for the Trump administration politically, too. That’s because the Trump administration […]

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, managing editor Christine Rosen and deputy online editor Jim Swift discuss the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr. on the tenth anniversary of his death, the resurgence of the fringe candidate, and President Trump’s most recent comments on the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Re-redefining RINO in the Trump Era – A Response to Old Bathos

 

In a post you should read, Old Bathos offered a new definition of RINO for the age of Trump. Ol’ Bathos is making an important point: never accept the premise of the Left’s loaded questions. I submit that RINO is being redefined in a more significant way.

Before the election, Trump seemed like the one who was Republican in Name Only. After all, he was a newcomer to the party and had donated money to left-wing Democrats. In the past year, though, Trump has developed some serious conservative Republican credentials.

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Heresy of Evangelical Christians?

 

Most of my adult life I’ve been keenly aware of how the evangelical community has defended the Jews and Israel; I realize that this feeling is shared by many other Christian communities, but since the evangelical churches are under attack by their Progressive Christian brethren, I’m calling attention to them.

Signatories of the Boston Declaration covered in sackcloth and ashes. (Courtesy of Susan Thistlethwaite)

Recently I learned about one of the most blatant modern attacks on Christians by westerners that I’ve heard of, and I felt compelled to speak out.

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A leader in the “Values Voter” movement, Chanel Prunier of RenewMA Coalition, talks about the Alabama senate race and the challenges of defending traditional values in deep-blue Massachusetts;

Do Republicans really believe all the Roy Moore and Donald Trump accusers are lying?

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Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner – Episode 62 – Carl Bogus Interview (YouTube video)

 

I had a wonderful conversation last night with Cart T. Bogus about a 4-year-old piece – “Burke Not Buckley” – that he wrote for The American Conservative. Bogus considers himself a liberal, but gave me some wonderful things to think about when it came to Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley, and the history of […]

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For James and Other Homeless Conservatives

 

I just finished listening to the most recent Ricochet podcast, which was enjoyable as always, though I was cringing through the part where Peter Robinson explained how advocates for truth and integrity are not “useful,” while political power is. (That’s been a popular position throughout history, Peter, but there are some drawbacks.) That section was not what moved me to post, however.

I was moved by the final segment, where James Lileks meditates on how people with serious objections to Donald Trump should comport ourselves in this new era of politics. Republican politics continues descending into the realm of the crude and vicious. I was joking with a friend yesterday that the GOP could nominate a serial killer for office, and the first thing we’d hear would be, “Hey, he’s only killed 11 people. Do you know how many die at Planned Parenthood every day?”

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As Conservatives, Is It Important to Know Completely Why We Are?

 

Hello to the Ricochet Community! I really hope that some day that I will have the time and funds to meet some of you all. More

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True to One Another – Dover Beach

 

@amyschley shared this piece of @kevinwilliamson‘s with me, and I remarked that I especially appreciated the passage, “The opposite message — that life is hard and unfair, that what is not necessarily your fault may yet be your problem, that you must act and bear responsibility for your actions…”

This is because it doesn’t blame folks for having it tough, and isn’t assuming that those things which we cannot be faulted for are easy to bear. Nobody wants to be called to take responsibility for the crap which isn’t their fault, but often life calls for it, and we’ll fail, and still be obligated to make an effort anyhow.

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Conservatives, You Aren’t as Dumb as You Think You Are

 

Okay, you probably don’t really think you’re a dummy. And you aren’t: you have the good sense to visit Ricochet, after all – the home of thoughtful, civil, center-right conversation.

But a conservative could be forgiven for thinking himself simplistic, narrow minded, and provincial, given the formidable collection of sophisticated people arrayed against him. Just look at the left, at its imposing phalanx of professors, journalists, intellectuals, witty entertainers, and Hollywood superstars. Faced with all these celebrities and credentialed thinkers, it’s easy to feel humbled, if not downright intimidated. It’s easy to feel like a Neanderthal.

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This Chaos Without Tradition

 

New “traditions” are entrenching themselves in America. Spontaneous one-man Civil Rights movements and the desecration of historical monuments have become authoritative expressions of the character and legacy of our society. Of course, these are not real “traditions.” They are the product of the fiery passion of democracy, the ardor of Jacobin fiends who have redefined what it means to be American. This is the chaos of a country without Tradition.

Tradition is a gift–an inheritance handed down over generations and not particular to any one person, family, or nation. It includes the mores of ancestors, and their heroes and holidays (as we had in this week’s Columbus Day) that express shared historical foundations. Tradition addresses the little things, like the proper attire at an evening party, even as it maintains great institutions, like the family, marriage, and religion. Though it cannot be explained by pure reason and logic, Tradition is in harmony with Nature, allowing us to better understand man’s origins and the world around us.

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