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.

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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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Summer and Smoke


Monday Oooh. Close to the end of summer and it’s smoky up here in Sandpoint, Idaho. There are brush fires burning east of us near Spokane. The smoke is blown over our perfect Lake Pendoreille, covers it up for a time, and then the wind shifts and we have a clear view west for miles. […]

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Read My Lips: ‘NO TAXES AT ALL’


Hmm. Roughly eighty days to the election. Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton have submitted their tax plans and some generalities about economic policy. In a word, Mr. Trump advocates lower taxes for the rich and a drastic cut in the corporate income tax. Mrs. Clinton advocates a surcharge for the very highly paid — $5 […]

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A Reminder to Dear Hillary: Corporations Are Us


At her fine speech at the DNC accepting the nomination, Mrs. Clinton listed some things she would give away free to her fans if and when she wins. They were paid leaves and medical care of various kinds and free tuition and forgiveness of student debt for millions of college students and grads. Standard politicians’ […]

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After the Democrats’ Horror Show


Beverly Hills It is hot. Too hot. I awakened feeling happy, though. Maybe because the conventions are over and I can go back to watching my TCM classic movies and my World War One documentaries. I also just finished watching the greatest western of all time, High Noon. There is a movie about heroism. About […]

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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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