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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Legislation

 

“The urge to pass new laws must be seen as an illness, not much different from the urge to bite old women. Anyone suspected of suffering from it should either be treated with the appropriate pills or, if it is too late for that, elected to parliament [or congress, as the case may be] and paid a huge salary with endless holidays, to do nothing whatever.” – Auberon Waugh

Every time something tragic happens there are calls for legislators to “do something.” What to do, whether it is wise or foolish, is less important than passing some new law. Years ago, when I was writing for Listen Magazine (now gone) I wrote an article about a couple of teens who created a fantasy politics game — it was similar to a fantasy football league. You picked a “team” of legislators, and got points as they created legislation.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, and even though he’s not as conservative as we might want him to be, by all accounts Cramer gives the GOP its best chance to defeat Democratic Sen. […]

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Last February President Trump rescinded one of Obama’s executive orders regarding gun control. Basically, Obama ordered the Social Security Administration to report people who were no longer in control of their finances to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that Trump chose to nullify. I can’t imagine why he did this or why Congress supported […]

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In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The […]

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Quite a trick, isn’t it? It seems to infuriate some people that we insist that we should describe SSM as redefining marriage. Why? More

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The non-aggression principle is an ethical stance which asserts that “aggression” is inherently illegitimate. “Aggression” is defined as the “initiation” of physical force against persons or property, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property. In contrast to pacifism, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violent self-defense. The principle is a deontological (or rule-based) ethical stance. [from mises wiki] So […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Good Cop Get Donut; The Bad Cop Get No Donut

 

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Polls are very popular on Ricochet. One of my favorites was “Which ten albums would you take with you if you were to be stranded on a deserted island?” or something like that. My first thought was to ask where the electricity is coming from to power the CD player?

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Let me give you a hammer. It’s my own hammer. A regular carpenter’s hammer, nothing special, but it is mine, and I like it. More

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MARIJUANA AND PLASTIC BAGS Most of us are old enough to remember when plastic grocery bags were legal but not marijuana. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Are We Morally Obligated to Follow Obamacare?

 

When people are defending a law they like from moral arguments against it, one common retort is that we are a nation of laws, which creates an obligation to follow laws even when we don’t like them — because we otherwise open ourselves up to anarchy and various other existential consequences.

Rarely do I hear people coming to the defense of a law they personally dislike with the same ferocity as those they feel meet their prefered ends.

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