R.J. Moeller

R.J. Moeller is a Chicago native currently living in Los Angeles where he writes for the American Enterprise Institute and hosts their weekly “Values & Capitalism” podcast (The RJ Moeller Show on iTunes), which also re-airs every Saturday on AM 1530 in Chicago. He serves as a media consultant to Dennis Prager and Ricochet.com. He is also a contributor and movie reviewer at the pop-culture blog Acculturated.com. His educational background includes undergrad studies in Business/Econ and Masters work in Theology/Philosophy. Follow R.J. on Twitter @rjmoeller!

Nice Guys Finish Last

 

In watching both the recently released Netflix documentary Mitt, as well as NBC’s putting out to pasture of Jay Leno (again), I was struck by the current cultural attitudes toward those generally perceived as “nice” people. Apart from the hackneyed “If it bleeds, it leads” response you’ll get from most people when the topic of […]

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The Minimum Wage President

 

President Obama loves himself some minimum wage banter. The man who never ran so much as a lemonade stand knows more than you about how micro- and macro-economics work, especially as it pertains to small businesses around the country. After all, he went to Harvard. He’s a lawyer. Magazines told me he was the smartest […]

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Lord Acton and the Importance of Economic Education

 

Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being. -Lord Acton It was during my first full year of seminary (circa 2008) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School that I finally heeded the counsel of multiple professors and attended my first Acton University conference. Held each […]

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In ‘Da (Gay) Club with Obamacare

 

For my money, nothing better represents the Obama administration’s miscalculation (and overreach) on health care than a “DC Health Link assister” attempting to educate patrons of a gay bar on the tenets (and perks) of socialized medicine. From Politico: Washington’s new health insurance exchange dispatched a sign-up envoy to one of the city’s gay clubs one […]

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In Chicago, Every Day Is “Ditka Day”

 

My beloved Chicago Bears honored the greatest mustache in NFL history Monday night by retiring Hall of Fame tight-end and coach Mike Ditka. Governor Pat Quinn—Democrat, Peoples Republic of Illinois—did what he does best and raised the stakes (think: taxes) even higher.  From CBS News Chicago: Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says Monday that he’s declared it […]

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Macklemore Knows Almost Nothing About Everything

 

Upon receiving one of those highly coveted “American Music Awards” awards Sunday night, YouTube rapper Macklemore took his valuable national airtime to voice his concerns about just how many kids are supposedly being murdered directly because of the racial profiling that took place in the Trayvon Martin case. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Injustice anywhere is a […]

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I’m Buying a Car Because of Ron Burgundy?

 

From the good folks over at Advertising Age: Dodge says dimwitted 1970s news anchor Ron Burgundy is moving the metal. The character created by comedian Will Ferrell and used as the spokesman for the 2014 Dodge Durango has increased online shopping for the crossover. Sales of the re-engineered Durango climbed 59% in October to 5,120 units […]

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Hayek on Socialism

 

While reading through an interview given by the late, great Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek, I came across this penetrating quote: I’ve always doubted that the socialists had a leg to stand on intellectually. They have improved their argument slightly, but once you begin to understand that prices are an instrument of communication and guidance which […]

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To Live and Blog in L.A.: A Coexist Metaphor

 

Over the weekend, I had the distinct privilege of undergoing my monthly “oblivious young woman in a hybrid with the Coexist bumper sticker cuts me off and then proceeds to give me the dirty look because I was in the way of her careening Prius” near-death experience.  You can almost set your watch by such […]

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Government Shutdown, Mother Russia, and the ‘Inner Life’

 

Everyone from my barber to the hipster kid down the street who thinks he’s watched “the news” when he catches a clip of The Daily Show on his iPad has a take on the government shutdown and perpetual political stalemate in Washington. Whether they have the faintest understanding of what is actually going on, whether […]

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