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Ben Stein
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.

First of all, about reparations, the notion of paying money to black or partially black Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors from Africa. It’s a beguiling idea. Slavery was so hideous a crime and caused so much pain and…

So. Here we are on the good side of history as the United States of America, God’s greatest gift to the human race, has just escaped a media/leftist coup. Ever since Mr. Trump defied all of the pundits and the…

Thursday Yesterday, I moseyed over to get a shot at my doctor (I have a lot of doctors… we’ll call this one “Doctor A”). He was his usual cheery self but then he said that while I was there, I…

Wednesday An idiotic day. I went up to my favorite Italian restaurant, The Rainbow, on Sunset Strip, to get some take out lasagna. As I waited, a young woman I know very slightly came up to me and gave me…

Thursday Now for a few words about Hollywood, Southern California, and education. When I first moved out here, roughly 43 years ago now, I was in the process of writing a book about the political attitudes of Hollywood powers. Propelled…

Yesterday, I was being visited by my pal, Mike Visser, and his son, David. I wanted to go down to the desert just to soak up the sunshine. Normally, I would have had my super pal Judah drive me down…

To begin at the beginning, I’m at the Breakers, a spectacularly built and situated resort in Palm Beach, Florida. I’m here to give a speech to the Four Arts Community Center. The speech was yesterday, immediately after a lovely lunch…

Sunday I’m down here in Greenville, South Carolina. I’m visiting my son Tommy with my glorious travel companion, Bob, keeping me company. My other glorious friend, Judah, is keeping my wife company as she lies ill at our home in…

Now for the charming topics of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, and the so-called “Green New Deal.” If ever there was a multi-pronged way to snatch Depression from the Jaws of prosperity, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seems to have hit upon it. Ms….

Well, it had to happen. We were taught in econ 101 (actually my first class in econ was “Money and Banking” taught by my parents’ dear, dear friend from the University of Chicago, C. Lowell Harriss) that if you keep…

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