We’re About to Find Out How Much Juice Rick Becker and His Political Movement Really Has


MINOT, N.D. — The Bastiat Caucus, founded by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), started in 2013 as a faction of lawmakers inspired by the free market ideas of French Liberal School economist and writer Frederic Bastiat.

What it has become is something less aspirational and, depending on your point of view, inspirational. At times it can seem like little more than a cult of personality formed around Becker and his incessant Facebook activism.

The movement and its adherents haven’t accomplished much in terms of actual public policy, though its members routinely make the headlines.

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