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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Goldwater on Equality

 

“Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. … Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.” — Barry Goldwater

Just a little thought for a New Year’s morning.

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The nation-state isn’t forever (sorry, Fukuyama). Liberal democracy, with its mountains of debt and its failing program of compelled cohesion, will become increasingly unstable. At some point there will be a breakup, although when or how it will come about is anyone’s guess. If Las Vegas bookies have odds on this sort of thing, they […]

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

 

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. “– Eric Blair (writing as George Orwell)

Which is another proof woke culture is anti-liberty and at its heart fascistic. Not only do they not want to hear what they do not want to hear – they want no one else to hear what woke culture does not want to hear. They want you to have the freedom to agree with them and no other freedom of speech, press, or thought. Ironically, Blair’s words are written on the side of BBC HQ in London. Whether it did in the past, the BBC doesn’t really mean it today.

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“When no hill is worth dying on, eventually your enemy has all the high ground and you are surrounded.” – CDR Salamander CDR Salamander is a long-time milblogger. The quote is a a take on the saying, “Is this the hill you want to die on?” It is a response to the command “take that […]

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Here’s a Link to my Independence Day post over at RushBabe49.com. Liberty. It’s the Reason for the Season. More

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The third Sunday in May on my calendar is called Armed Forces Day. It used to be called “I am an American” Day. It is a day to honor and receive into the American family, all those who choose to come to the United States and become citizens. Turner Classic Movies has been featuring for […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: Saving Liberty

 

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no Constitution, no law, no court, can save it; no Constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. And what is this liberty, which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes.

That is the denial of liberty and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.

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Recently my readings brought me to 1 Samuel 11, which I thought offered some fascinating reflections on government and political power. Humility in Leadership More

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That elections have become so all-consuming is a strong indication that liberty and personal responsibility are in dangerous decline. If people and our civic organizations were working properly, government would be a small sideline in our lives. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Deep Dive on the Declaration of Independence and Its Relevance Today

 

In honor of Independence Day, for this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast I take a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence, discussing:

  • Its unique place in human history and the cause of freedom
  • The link between natural law and natural rights, faith and freedom
  • The Founders’ emphasis on virtue and morality to sustain a free system of limited government
  • Parallels between the charges laid out against King George III in the Declaration and modern America from the administrative state to sanctuary cities
  • The Founders’ views on slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and failing to live up to the values and principles of the Declaration
  • The imperative to defend liberty against tyranny
  • And much more

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found or download the episode directly here.

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After a particularly contentious June, America settles into the 4th of July holiday – and with it, an opportunity to reflect on the privileges of living in a free society. Thomas Gilligan, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, discusses the individual, economic and political freedoms that are quintessentially American – and […]

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Ironically, my copy of Bret Baier’s new book, Three Days in Moscow, just arrived in the mail on the eve of the Kim Summit with President Trump. The introduction quotes part of a Reagan speech as follows: ‘Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the right […]

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Memorial Day, for some, is nothing more than an excuse to have a picnic and get drunk. It is the unofficial beginning of summer and it is a three day weekend (woo hoo!). Somewhere in the last few decades it became passé to honor the fallen heroes of war. Sure, people will go to parades, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Conservatives Can, and Must, Win the Fight for Free Speech

 

George Orwell said, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Admittedly I tend to have a slightly dour outlook on the current state of the culture and politics, the side effect of being sucked into my own personal negative news cycle. My husband calls me a Negative Nellie, I tell him I’m simply a realist, which makes him laugh. Starting with an Orwell quote may not dissuade anyone from agreeing I have negative tendencies, but what if this quote is a signal of the impending doom of liberty in America, not in 1984, but now?

In universities and on college campuses across America, a recent and growing trend of suppression of speech is making headlines. The Heckler’s Veto (a situation in which a person who disagrees with a speaker’s message is able to unilaterally silence that speaker) has become the main tool of this suppression. The students leading the protests and interruptions claim people such as Ben Shapiro, Christina Hoff Summers, and Charles Murray are fascists spewing hate speech. Students are unwilling to hear any idea that strays from their leftist viewpoint; they cannot afford the opportunity for anyone to hear the speakers’ words. If you don’t have the right opinion, you aren’t entitled to an opinion- or worse, your opinion is wrong or hateful. This results in a serious problem in the intellectual development of our youth. A person who travels through life insulated from different ideas and perspectives than their own will never have the ability to articulate his own thoughts and beliefs. John Stuart Mill writes in his 1859 work, “On Liberty”, “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” The longer this behavior is allowed to continue, the more we will see the end of free speech and free exchange of ideas on our college campuses. We will graduate a generation of young people not only unwilling to listen to different ideas, but find them offensive. In his March 10 essay, “The Psychology of Progressive Hostility” Matthew Blackwell writes “People get angry at what they don’t understand, and an all-progressive education ensures that they don’t understand.” Anger in response to disagreement is not discourse. Self-reflection and intellectual curiosity may be difficult. It is human nature to dislike admitting one is wrong (speaking of arguments between me and my husband). But growing pains beget growth- intellectually, spiritually, and psychologically. We learn from our mistakes when we admit them.

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The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion and a preview of the new film The Price of Peace from Free to Choose Media. How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation.

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Would mandatory liability insurance for gun owners violate the 2nd Amendment? Congress should realize private industry is in a much better position to regulate the consumer than the federal government and pass a single law: mandatory firearm insurance. Just as it is an offense to not have car insurance, the same approach should be applied […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Liberty and Equality

 

A society that aims for equality before liberty will end up with neither equality nor liberty.

And a society that aims first for liberty will not end up with equality, but it will end up with a much closer approach to equality than any other kind of system that has ever been developed.

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We are familiar with jihad, and sharia, and taqiyya, but what is dawa? Matthew Hanley explains. More

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