Tag: USA

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Many American businesses seem to now feel it is incumbent on them to take positions on the political issues of the day, even at the cost of alienating a substantial number of their customers. There is a historical precedent for this–the British actress Fanny Kemble, visiting the US circa 1830 observed with amusement a store […]

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As we inch closer to the 2020 Presidential election, expect to see more and more ignorant attacks against America, our founding ideals, and western civilization itself. First, one of the biggest lies that the anti-American left perpetrates must be addressed— the idea that America is founded on racism, white supremacy, and slavery. Preview Open

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Why Can’t We Be More Like Sweden?

 

Why can’t we be more like Sweden? Boy, I never thought I’d write those words, but I just did. You may ask in what way would I like the US to be more like Sweden? Well, it turns out they are the only country in the western world in which the government has not unilaterally shut down society in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they are just as interested in the economic, social, and psychological health of their citizens as they are in minimizing death and illness from the coronavirus. They are, therefore, treating their citizens as responsible, rational adults.

So far, Sweden has closed its borders to non-EU nations, has restricted public gatherings to less than 50 people, and, well, that’s about it for enforced prohibitions. Otherwise, the government has issued a number of advisories including asking people to practice social distancing, work from home if possible, students over 16 are asked to study from home, and those 70 and over are urged to self-isolate. Most private businesses remain open, restaurants still offer table service, private meetings and parties continue apace, and elementary schools are open. This does not mean that Sweden has not yet felt any pain from the virus. According to the NBC News article I linked to as of March 31, Sweden had recorded approximately 4,500 cases of coronavirus and 180 deaths therefrom.

I’d be interested in what the people here at Ricochet who have been paying much closer attention to the numbers than have I, such as @rodin and @arizonapatriot have to say about Sweden’s coronavirus policy. I’m also interested in what the numerous Ricochet physicians think about the policy.

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter. This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration. If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Preview Open

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Factory Activity Shows USA Is Shaking Off the Obama Years

 

The bad news flowed non-stop Monday, so I wanted to post something a little more positive. Restoring America to greatness has not stopped for 8+ months.

While the Left enjoys measuring the speed bumps and rejoicing at the slow-downs, most of us here on the right are looking at the eight-month journey as a whole and what we see is Great News getting better all the time.

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The MSM must have been busy a couple days ago and missed this story. I think General Flynn had Russian dressing on his salad, and there is no way they can let a story like that go by. So, I forgive them for missing this. Celebrating a win for Business is an important part of […]

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We Need To Help Make UK Great Again After Brexit

 

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of giving huge amounts of government welfare to other countries. I want to be clear on that. So now I begin:

What the UK did by exiting the EU was the single bravest move against the Socialists in world history, so far. Our own electoral decision to choose Trump against the combined might of the Socialists in the USA is a close second.

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Ed: Everyone, I have deleted the video link wherever it was found, and deleted the original video. I need to re-do it so I can get the audio. Sorry for the confusion, but it’s not my day job! I really can’t add much to @larrykoler’s narrative. Herewith, some still pictures, and a link to the […]

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Obviously, as this campaign season continues to roll along we have all seen some degree of tension between supporters of various candidates. Each candidate purports to advocate for some vision of what the USA should be. A normative statement of what the USA is in an ideal state of existence. So my question is: what […]

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Thanks to the Daily Shot recommendation, I’ve been listening to the History of Rome Podcast (originally aired 2007 to 2012). I enjoy it a great deal, but I have a question for folks who have listened to it before. Recently I heard the “Hundredth Episode” (which is numerically episode 90). This episode is a special […]

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