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Donald Trump is, the conservative commentariat agrees, a problem. The flagship outlet of conservative thought National Review, no small portion of which is represented here on Ricochet, is filled with articles against and about the man and are virtually universal in condemnation of the candidate and anyone who would tell a pollster they’d vote for […]

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Okay, he’s the managing editor of National Review, but this is a sincere question. I’ve never heard of the guy except in two contexts: a rebuke of Mark Steyn that led to his departure from NR, and this essay advocating for gay marriage. In both cases I detect a kind of Olympian faux-patience and patronizing […]

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Time for a GOP Purge?

 
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A small business?

Sorry to sound like Robespierre, but the disgraceful goings-on described in this National Review article deserve to be investigated and the responsible parties exposed. Simply put, Congress was exempted from Obamacare on the basis of a fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange that described the Hill — which employs thousands — as a small business eligible for taxpayer subsidies under the ACA:

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GLoPFrom April 30 to May 2, the National Review Institute will be hosting its 2015 Ideas Summit at the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington D.C. The agenda features a stunning array of conservative pundits and intellectuals, plus major political figures like Jeb Bush, Tom Cotton, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, and Ben Sasse. It also features a live taping of Ricochet’s GLoP Culture podcast with Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz on the evening of April 30, to be followed by a late night Ricochet meetup featuring the entire GLoP team, Ricochet mastermind The Blue Yeti, Ricochet Editor-in-Chief Troy Senik, and other members of the National Review family.

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Is it Rich Lowry only?  NR’s YouTube feed often uploads interesting newsclips  — they love Charles Krauthammer, for example — but yesterday someone saw fit to upload a fifteen second clip of Bibi’s speech that was titled “Rand Paul’s Reaction to Netanyahu.”‘ It shows the PM waving to the chamber, and then thunderous applause, during […]

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Bringing Conservatives and Libertarians Together

 

Yuri_Fedotov_July_2014Somewhere in a shoe box in my basement, I have a copy of the February 12, 1996, issue of National Review. In that issue, the editors endorsed drug legalization. As far as I know, they have not reversed that position (notably, they republished the 1996 symposium on their website back in July). Despite taking that position nearly 19 years ago the idea still meets with much resistance among conservatives.

That may now change. In light of the votes last week in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC to legalize marijuana — on the heels of similar votes two years ago in Colorado and Washington state — Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, awoke from his slumber in his weirdo 1970s architectural nightmare Eurocrat office building in Vienna to wag his carefully manicured finger at America and remind us that our pot legalization violates international treaties. Awesome. As if I didn’t hate the UN enough already…

This is truly a chance for conservatives and libertarians to come together, because if there’s one thing that conservatives despise more than pot smoking hippies, it’s do-gooder internationalist bureaucrats.

From A Cop: Thank You, Jay Nordlinger

 

There is never enough time to read everything one wants. Pages are dog-eared as magazines are thumbed through, all with the intent for them to be read as soon as time allows. The magazine is set aside, soon to be covered by others, similarly dog-eared and thumbed-through. Eventually the pile grows large and is thrown into the bin with a wistful sigh.

But once in great while, you reach into that pile and extract a treasure, which is exactly what happened to me when I came across a piece by Jay Nordlinger in an about-to-be-discarded issue of National Review. The Ricochetti of course know Jay as the co-host, with Mona Charen, of the weekly Need to Know podcast. But if you don’t subscribe to National Review magazine — the one printed on good old-fashioned paper, or its digital equivalent — and have it delivered every other week, you are denying yourself some of the best writing available anywhere.

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Yesterday, I read this appreciation for Roman Genn, a contributor here and the brilliant caricaturist for National Review, among other publications.  For those who view art as a powerful tool for freedom, Roman is a gentle hero; jailed multiple times in Moscow as a teenager for his unflattering portraits of Soviet rulers, his tools were pen […]

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Mark Steyn on the Passing Parade, Michael Mann, and NRO

 

mark_steyn_passing_parade_cover_5-20-14-1Ricochet members may enjoy my new podcast interview with Mark Steyn, who talks about the newly updated edition of his anthology of celebrity and political obits, Mark Steyn’s Passing Parade, plus where things stand with Michael Mann’s lawsuit, and why he left National Review in December. Plus some thoughts on how England’s nationalized socialism (heh) led to its disastrous decline in the 1970s, and how it foreshadowed the Obama era.

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What’s the Proper Conservative Position on Copyright Duration?

 

Newspaper_advert_copyright_patent_and_trade_mark-318x330Who should conservatives side with in the battle between those who favor extended governmental protection for copyrights as the promotion of private property vs. those who believe that too much protection hurts consumers? Steven Tapp makes a strong argument in National Review that we should favor the former:

From the words and deeds of the Founders to the rulings of the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, it is clear that the American free-market system is designed to promote private-property rights, including copyright, as the best engine of economic growth and freedom of expression.The public domain has its place as a venerable and valuable aspect of copyright law and reasonable people can and do disagree about the best way to write copyright law. But proposals to slash the duration of copyright to expand “public property” simply aren’t conservative.

Tapp is writing in response to a recent proposal by Derek Khanna, self-professed spokesman for conservatives on copyright issues:

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National Review’s Kevin Williamson and Charlie Cooke have a daily (week days) podcast caled Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Both men lean strongly towards libertarianism, and in the first half of today’s episode they discuss some of the differences between conservatism and libertarianism and whether libertarians have more in common with Republicans or Democrats. These are […]

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