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.

I Don’t Like Trump’s Tax Plan

 

I guess it would be foolish to say that the tax code is a mystery and the devil in bound volumes. That’s being kind. When our President, Donald Trump, ran for President, he promised that he would greatly simplify the tax paying process, make it fairer, cut taxes, and raise more revenue for our beleaguered […]

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Inconsistency in Our Laws

 

As a young law student at Yale, I had the great honor of studying Constitutional Law under the genius-hero, Robert Bork. He later came to grief because of the attacks on his ethics led by Teddy Kennedy. What Bob Bork taught us was to look for inconsistencies in the way that the law is employed […]

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This Damn Cell Phone

 

One of the main problems with America in the last half century has been the drastic decline in the growth of productivity. That is, the amount of goods and services each worker produces has grown since 1973 but not by much — by nowhere near as much as it did in the 30 years before […]

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In the Zone Back East

 

This has been an interesting trip to the east. One week ago, I flew Jet Blue from LAX to JFK. On the flight, I watched a crazy movie called Wonder Woman. It has amazing special effects but the main special effect is the star… an Israeli beauty named Gal Gadot. To think that there are […]

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Where’s the Collusion?

 

A few notes on Mr. Mueller and his indictment of Messrs. Manafort and Gates. There is not one mention of collusion by Mr. Trump with Russia. Not a syllable. There are many detailed descriptions of alleged tax fraud and money laundering by Manafort and Gates. These — if true — are extremely serious fraud. But […]

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Me, Too — Two Cases

 

My book writing career started when Michael Korda, editor in chief of Simon & Schuster, bought a novel about a hyper inflationary catastrophe à la Weimar, co-written with my father, Herbert Stein. That was in about early 1976. The book was called On The Brink. It came out as the U.S. was facing high inflation […]

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The Gift of Peace

 

I am human. I like it when I get good feedback from my writings. So here are a few more uplifts from The Gift of Peace, by yours truly: 1.) When all else fails, turn it over to God. It’s worth hearing over and over again. 2.) Fear underlies all of my problems and my […]

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The Essence of Happiness

 

Here’s a little vacation for you. Some calming thoughts in the middle of a complex and challenging world. I dug these up to keep myself sane after talking to my accountant about my taxes: 1.) Here’s a good way to wake up. In gratitude for just being alive. 2.) You can get in the habit […]

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Harvey of Hollywood

 

Monday — Indigenous Peoples’ Day This has been a tumultuous weekend. It started Friday with a long email from Miss X. Miss X is an Asian woman. Not young and not really great at English. But good with a nail clipper and scissors. She’s been my pedicurist for about ten years now. She’s a superb […]

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Humanity and Mr. Killer Paddock

 

A few notes on the killings in Las Vegas, the disgusting, evil, horrible murders in Las Vegas. First of all, I keep reading that somehow it’s unique in human history that men gather innocent human beings together, pen them up, and then slaughter them in large numbers. The tragic fact of human nature is that […]

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