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 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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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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