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.

Standing the Heat

 

Sunday. Wow. It is hot. I swam for a little while. Then off to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with my makeup artist, writing colleague, and dear friend, Renae. We talked about how and when being a parent in the U.S. middle class became torment. A parent is a chauffeur, body guard, tutor, mentor, […]

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My Blue Ribbon Father: An Addendum

 

Dear Aram, Thank you humbly. In further answer to your kind letter noting that my father was a beer drinker, as revealed in my Father’s Day Essay… In 1944, when my father was a U.S. Navy LTJG, Pabst Blue Ribbon had a contest for the best essay on how to keep the U.S. from sliding […]

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My Father

 

My father was the most reasonable man I have ever known. The most loving man I have ever known. He had a challenging life: father unemployed during most of the Great Depression. Shy. But brilliant beyond words. Entered Williams, the finest small college in the world — at 15. Worked his way through partly by […]

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Fake News Tonight

 

So here I am in my wife’s room at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica. She’s been recovering from a devastating attack of pneumonia that was close to lethal when an ambulance brought her in two weeks ago. It’s been slow and frightening. I sit here with her eight hours per day. She’s my goddess. […]

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Confession 2017 — Bernie Sanders’ Christophobia

 

I am a Jew. All of my ancestors have been Jews since Judaism was founded almost 6,000 years ago on the belief of a monotheistic God. I pray in Hebrew every morning and every night. And I am deeply, cruelly, painfully embarrassed at my fellow Jew, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont. Within the last few […]

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Tonight’s Fake Evening News

 

Now for a few short stops and high hops in the world of fake news — borrowing from the great Phil Rizzuto. First, getting high. There’s a huge amount of talk about how the country is sinking into oblivion because of over-prescription of opioids like Percocet. These supposedly lead to the use of heroin and […]

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My Certainties

 

Kind people often ask me what I think of what’s going on out there in the big wide world. Some ask what my father — Herbert Stein, certified genius — would think about it all. I really don’t know what to think about the political parts. I don’t like Mr. Trump’s tax plan. Why would […]

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The Rosenstein Doctrine

 

A few respectful thoughts on Special Prosecutors. First of all, now that we know we can have Special Prosecutors without there being any meaningful evidence of a crime, or in fact any evidence at all of a crime besides gossip and endless political campaigning, let’s have a Special Prosecutor for Maxine Waters. She’s the screaming […]

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Witch-Hunting for Trump

 

I have heard about “Witch-Hunts” all of my life. When I was a small child, Senator Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.) and the House Un-American Activities Committee were said by the left-wingers to be on a “witch-hunt” for Communists in the government. That’s what the left alleged against Richard Nixon when he was a young Congressman from […]

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The Place I Come From

 

Here I am at my small but bright and cheerful apartment at the Watergate. It’s a powerful set of waves that washed over me when I come here to D.C. Unlike almost any other pundit, I was actually born here. On November 25, 1944. Battle of Leyte Gulf. Fearful fighting on Iwo Jima. The Huertgen […]

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