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Now that I have your attention: Titus and I will be touring Northern Arizona this weekend. Please join us for any or all noted below. Monument Valley on Saturday, the 29th: I hope to get there around 1100 (Arizona time, which is 1200 Navajo time). We’ll lunch at The View Hotel and then head out […]

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This week normally would be relatively benign from a financial market perspective. However, recent conduct and contradictions by Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) members and Federal Reserve Bank Presidents and CEO’s makes any week with economic announcements treacherous so we approach this week long cash and caution. Monday February 4th Preview Open

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Manchester Debriefing

 

“No plan survives contact with reality” is usually meant as a warning but — every so often — things go wildly better than one has any right to expect. Such was the case at the pre-party meet-up for the NR/Ricochet event in Manchester last Saturday, where the tables we selected ended up being directly in the line of sight of MSNBC’s cameras. With a little maneuvering, we got my laptop into the ideal position:

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Meeting Old Friends for the First Time

 

shutterstock_319221761As a conservative libertarian* in Massachusetts, I’m used to being the odd man out when politics comes up in person. I usually do a fair deal of listening and tongue-biting before finding an opportunity to say something to the effect of “Hey, I hear what you’re saying, but I think there’s another way of looking at this. You see…” It often works in small groups; in larger ones, it’s usually just a precursor to me being called a hater or having a pile of straw men dumped on me.

Of course, I also have Ricochet, which means I get to debate, argue, and mix things up with people who not only know how to have The Most Civilized Conversation on the Internet™, but who often think I’m the squishy moderate. And you know what I’m really excited about? I get to meet a bunch of these old friends for the first time in person next month.

You see, Ricochet is more than just an awesome website, and the best podcast publisher in the Nine Realms (though it is both of those things): It’s also where right-of-center folks of all stripes can tap into a national network of like-minded people to share knowledge, swap jokes, ask questions and, if they so choose, share a drink. Our members have hosted dozens of meet-ups around the country — around the world, in fact — there’s even an unofficial (but awesome!) website devoted to the matter. These have ranged from a few people getting together for a beer, to multi-day events featuring dressed-up dinners and trips to the shooting range with Charles C. W. Cooke.

1812 Bicentennial Dinner on February 21st in DC

 

627px-USS_Constitution_v_HMS_GuerriereThe War of 1812 was the last time that the US fought against the side of freedom. Napoleon was the first man to make a serious bid for total global domination, and the Napoleonic Wars were the first time that Britain had to defend freedom and the rule of law on all inhabited continents (although, admittedly, the fight against aboriginal despoliation wasn’t really a part of the war being fought on the other five continents). After Napoleon, others would engage in similar efforts, and America would deny satisfaction to each of them in turn.

Whether the fight has been against Barbary Pirates, oppressive Mexican governments, Native American tribes that denied fundamental property rights, Slavers, Polygamists, Spaniards, Sumatran and Moroccan Bandits, German barbarians, Nazis, Communists, Islamists, or Saddam, America has consistently stood for the bourgeois values she was founded on.

This makes 1812 something of an opportunity. History provides conservatives with plenty of wonderful topics for discussion, unmoored from contemporary partisanship. Conservatives can disagree about whether the Federalists or the Anti-Federalists/ Democrats/ Republicans were superior without either side compromising their conservatism, because both sides advocated some conservative policies and some misguided policies. Sometimes conservative historians will decide that Jefferson or Hamilton was pure evil, often thus casting the other as impeccable, but I like to think most Ricochetti frown upon this practice.

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UPDATE: Wednesday 8PM, be there (here) or be square. I hear Fred Cole’s having a cookout that night.  Von Snrub and I got drinks last Friday evening.  I was going to wear my Romney/Ryan t-shirt, but it turns out I’d already shipped it to New Hampshire. It was just as well, because by coincidence two […]

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Servus, Grüss Euch! Well, it is soon to the nearly-most-wunderbare time of the year: Oktoberfest! And it occurred to me that there might be some Texas Ricochetti who would enjoy hosting a Krugel or two to celebrate the occasion. As a location I would favor the Stem and Stein in Pflugerville, but depending on the response, […]

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