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.

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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The Spiders of Malibu

 

Thursday–Malibu A visit from my fabulous manicurist, Maria. She drove all the way out here to cut my toenails. It’s a sad truth, but I am not so old and so fat and my eyesight is so poor that I cannot cut my owe toenails. I pay Maria a fortune to zoom out here and […]

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We’re Losing the Freedom Our Fathers and Sons Fought For

 

N ight after night, I stay up late watching documentaries about World War II. I’m obsessed with it. Not surprising, since it was the biggest event in the history of the human race. My father was in the Navy during the war, though to this day, I am not sure what he did. My father-in-law […]

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What Ivanka Should Have Said Upon Being Booed in Germany

 

So I see that Ivanka Trump was booed and jeered at a gathering of power women in Germany a few days ago. She responded with her customary politesse. But as I thought about it the consciousness came to me that Ivanka Trump might have been more assertive. She might have said, “I am a person, […]

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Bombing Syria: Six Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Have

 

I used to have a best friend, recently in his eighties. I’m not allowed to talk to him any longer because I voted for Trump. That’s the law from his wife. Anyway, just before I was cut off, I asked this great man if he could summarize all the wisdom of his life in one […]

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Poor Trump: I’m Joining The Other Resistance

 

Sunday It’s a spectacular day here in glorious Beverly Hills. Blue skies. Brilliant sunshine. I was doing my favorite activity in the world for most of the morning: swimming, then lying in bed with my Julie and my JoJo, my glorious German short-haired pointers, while a dry, warm breeze blew through my office. Yes, I […]

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Gergen Said What About Trump?!

 

Dave Gergen was the kindest boss I ever had. He was in charge of me for most of the time I toiled happily as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1973 and 1974. Intelligent, witty, a loving and caring man. I still run into him from time to time at lush watering […]

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Trump’s Blast Off

 

Let’s not kid ourselves. That was a super speech. Not flowery, except that in parts it was eloquent without being flowery. Not poetry, except that it was poetry. It was a blast from the heart of the heart of America. It was as if Mr. Trump did not even have to use words. His sincerity […]

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