Ben Stein’s Diary


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America’s Grand Mufti Party

 

So, let me get this straight. I was watching TV a few days ago and there was Secretary of State John Kerry excoriating Israel. Boiled down to its essentials, what Kerry said was this: “Israel has no friends in the whole world except the USA. Israel is a tiny country surrounded by implacably hateful, murderous […]

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The Terrorism We Refuse to Fight

 

If you open the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal or turn on your TV or Internet, you are guaranteed to see stories of terrorism in Germany and France and England, in North Africa, in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Caucasus, the Philippines, all over the earth far away from here. And you’ll […]

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Too Much Race Anger

 

Tuesday Late at night here in Rancho Mirage. Alex is fast asleep and the dogs are alternately sleeping and then awakening and licking themselves and then going back to sleep. The world is falling apart. A monster truck plows into shoppers in Berlin, killing at least 12. The German officials wonder if it’s possibly terrorism. […]

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They’ve Gone Insane

 

I just don’t get it. People are going insane about Donald Trump being president-elect. It’s beyond the wildest anger and fear I saw even about Richard Nixon, my hero. And, as I say, I just cannot see it. For example, this morning, I got several emails from men who had been my friends since high […]

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To America

 

Attention must be paid: To Wlady Pleszczynski, whose dear mother Irena passed away last month in beautiful Santa Barbara in her 90s. Growing up in terror in Poland, she came to America and found peace and the glory of this blessed land in more than sixty years of Santa Barbara life. I only met her […]

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Secession Is for Morons

 

I love California. I have lived here since the summer of 1976 and while I travel like a madman, Sunny Cal has always been my base for the last forty years. What’s not to like? It almost never rains. The weather is balmy year-round here in L.A. The people are ambitious and lively and know […]

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Up From Condescension

 

Human beings do not like to be pushed around. They don’t like to be sneered at. They don’t like to be treated as “less than.” They like to be treated as equals, and they don’t like to be treated as stupid and pointlessly reactionary. They don’t like to be treated as jungle animals, and they […]

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Now for a Few Thoughts on the Election

 

Thursday Tonight I got an email from a super successful, extremely pleasant Southerner. He’s a Democrat and was a major Hillary backer. He asked me for some words of comfort about the stunning upset of his candidate, Mrs. Clinton. Here is what I told him, word for word: During the American Revolution, in about 1777, […]

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A Lot of Ruin in a Nation

 

In about 1777, a young British nobleman named Mr. Sinclair came to Adam Smith with the news of General Burgoyne’s surrender to the patriots of Saratoga or a fort near there. “This will be the ruin of the nation,” said Mr. Sinclair. “Young man,” said the Dean, Adam Smith, “there is a great deal of […]

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Thinking About Hillary at the Watergate

 

Sunday I am in my cheerful co-op at the Watergate. It’s very late. I spent the last three days at the University of Mississippi — Ole Miss — and its home base, Oxford. Herewith, a few observations: The men and women of Oxford are the friendliest, most polite, helpful people on earth. If your child […]

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