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.


Who’s the Real Nut Here?


Saturday I awakened to read two super depressing articles in my beloved Wall Street Journal. The first was about a clique within Facebook trying to censor Donald Trump because he supposedly was racist and “Islamophobic.” Terrifying that what is basically a common carrier can discriminate against Republicans. This is in no way at all different […]

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Goodbye, America


Tuesday Lunch with my pal, T., a man my age from South Carolina. He was with his son, a young man of 29, whose occupation is extremely unclear. I picked them up at the Beverly Hills Hotel after my 12 Step meeting. The son was obviously in some kind of funk and said barely a […]

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Sushi Talk About Donald and Women


Monday An interesting evening. Big Wifey wanted me to go out to get her sashimi, and she also wanted to take a long nap. So, I went off to one of my favorite places, Sushiya, on Sunset Plaza and met an incredibly, unbelievably beautiful young friend in the real estate business. When I say this […]

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Trump Must Go


It is time for Donald Trump to go back to Trump Tower. Time for Mike Pence to move to the top of the ticket. Time for Marco Rubio or my favorite, Lindsey Graham, to move to the veep spot. It’s just time. Now, don’t think I am a neocon. I’m not. I’m an old conservative. […]

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The Orwellian Bullying of Donald Trump


There is something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.… But here are some hints of it: I live in Beverly Hills and Malibu and West Hollywood. I am not at all a fan of Hillary Clinton. She’s a lawbreaker and a felon about 32,000 times over by her destruction of subpoenaed documents. She’s […]

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Trump Can Do a Lot Better


Tuesday The world is shifting badly. Just today I sat with two brilliant graduate students at a super-high-end restaurant in Georgetown in DC. These girls are close relatives and their parents were there, too. One of the students explained what she was learning at her fancy university in New England. “They have found 35,000-year-old bone […]

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‘And He Walks With Me’


Sunday It’s the day of the Emmy Awards ceremony. I am feeling a bit strange about it. For one thing, I used to go to the Daytime Emmy ceremony year after year when Win Ben Stein’s Money was on the air on Comedy Central. That was fifteen years ago. I’m sad that I’m not invited […]

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Hillary and Pneumonia Up Close


Warning: this will be a little jumbled up because my thoughts on pneumonia are so powerful and have been jostling in my brain for so long. First, let’s be honest: those “rumors” about Mrs. Hillary Clinton being ill had at least some truth to them all along. I know pneumonia extremely well. I have had it […]

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The Meaning of Deplorable


Hillary Clinton talks about half of the supporters of Donald Trump — they’re “racists… xenophobic… Islamophobic… homophobic… a basketful of deplorables.” Synonyms for “deplorable” on Wiki and in many print dictionaries:  “Disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, inexcusable, unpardonable, deserving one’s loathing, wretched…” So, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who made up a series of lies in the commodities […]

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Summer’s End Far From the Eastern Front


Friday Summer is rapidly coming to an end for us here in Sandpoint. I hate this time of year but also love it. There is a hint of Fall in the air but the sun is bright on the lake and men and women and children are sunbathing on City Beach. But I am leaving […]

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