Ben Stein

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.


A Little Note


Dear Readers, Over the years I have often mentioned my war hero Yale Law School classmate, the super successful trial lawyer, John W. Keker of San Francisco. He was a Marine hero in Vietnam, severely wounded in his arm in a battle. At least once, and maybe more than that, I have mentioned that  John was […]

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Ben Stein’s Sandpoint: A Visual Diary


Ben Stein’s pics of Sandpoint, Idaho, by morning and day and evening and night.

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Safety in Sandpoint

Living in American Freedom


Saturday So, I see there is wild turmoil in Turkey. There has been another mass killing by ISIS in France. The whole world is on edge. But here I sit at my computer keyboard looking eastward over Lake Pendoreille. The sun is peeking through the clouds. There is one small blue motorboat in my line […]

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Do I Feel Sick


Ha! I bet you wonder why you haven’t heard from me for a while. It’s because I have been sick. I’m sick of athletes who are paid millions of dollars per month to run up and down a wooden court and throw a ball blasting, slandering, sliming police officers who get paid in a year […]

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The Cops Are the Real Stars


It’s a total utter lie that police shootings are a major cause of black deaths. The data is that maybe 1/10 of one per cent of black violent deaths are caused by the police. And almost none of those were of UNARMED black men. Of the roughly 30,000 gun deaths per year… two-thirds are suicides. […]

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Adam Smith vs. The Brexit


In 1778, after the British defeat at Saratoga, a young nobleman said to Adam Smith, “This will be the ruin of the nation.” Adam Smith replied, “Be assured my young friend that there is a lot of ruin in a nation.” This is the story of the UK right now. The exit of the world’s […]

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Brexit Democracy


And now for a few more words about the Brexit. First, the media are roaring about Britain leaving the EU as if it were a coup by a group of thieves who broke into Westminster at 2 in the morning and stole the UK. They’re talking about it as if it were a crime of […]

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Brexit Was Sparked by Rape and Crime


“The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” So supposedly said the Iron Duke of Wellington, referring, of course to the crushing defeat of Napoleon by the Allies on an 1815 Belgian battlefield and the rousing competitive spirit of the British ruling class, officers in the Royal Army. That spirit was […]

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The Saint at Club Stein


As usual, my wife said it best. She waved towards the swimming pool and the cedars and the wall to Carmelita Drive in Beverly Hills, where we live sometimes. “Out there, there are riots and people shooting each other. And supposedly serious people are pretending it’s a big civil rights issue whether a fat sweaty […]

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An Everyday Occurrence in Wartime


What a horrible morning last Sunday morning was. A sick, angry, evil man with guns murdered at least 50 innocent people as they were enjoying themselves at a nightclub in the Happiest Town on Earth, Orlando. It was, as I said to my wife, almost unbelievable. But then I corrected myself and said, “But it’s […]

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