I was asked that question recently by a regular RR reader. He went on to opine that not many of my readers would make the effort to understand all that high falootin’ stuff and just skip over it. In short, I’m wasting time and effort in offering up such posts. And, of course, he may be right. When you’re selling, you never want to discount what a customer tells you. And make no mistake about it, I am selling my little heart out here on RR.
As I later reflected on the reader’s question, it occurred to me that it’s been some years now since I posted anything on the larger purpose and objective(s) for flogging the keyboard and debating various esoteria with RR commenters. Being a rewarded lifelong teacher has provided some intrinsic impetus to this enterprise – first in the Army, then with my kids and grandkids (no claims of success there), as a professional engineer/scientist/academic, and now again working with high schoolers.
RR is structured to continuously build on what has been written and discussed before in its pages. I attempt to back-link all of its pieces to their appropriate ancestors, in addition to the usual outside references. To the extent that this is successful, RR is an accumulating body of thought offered by me, and subsequently expanded and critiqued by the blog’s commenters. Relatively few pieces here start out of whole cloth. I make a considerable and not always successful effort to circle the barn as few times as possible; previous orbits on any given topic are always available by searching RR through its built in function or with an engine like Google (just add ‘rebane’ to the keyword list, and voila!).
Ideologically I am a conservetarian, promoting a careful and hopefully coherent amalgam of conservative and libertarian thought as seen through the Austrian lens. For good or ill, I am an elitist. I know I cannot reach everyone with all possible ideas/notions through my heartfelt diatribes, so I just try to target and contend with a small number of interested readers, all of whom should evince that they have at least three solid digits in their IQ. In that and other things, I am terribly incorrect according to the dominant political perspective of the day as spouted by both Republicans and Democrats.