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 Stock Market — What Is Happening?

 

The stock market is terrifying me. I don’t like losing money that I’ve worked hard to get. I don’t like losing money I need for my future, however brief that might be. I have been besieged by persons asking me what I think about it all. Well, first of all, I am bewildered. But I will put […]

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A Birthday On Hold

 

Sunday, November 25, 2018 It was my birthday. I’m old. I lay in bed looking at my swimming pool and then started to put on my bathing suit. Mary, our spectacularly good nurse who takes care of my wife on Saturdays and Sundays, came running — yes, running — into my room. “Miz Alex,” she […]

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Fire

The Fire This Time

 

Sunday Wow. This has been some week. I will leave politics to someone else except to note that the shenanigans in Broward County are a disgrace to humanity. Why don’t we just give every Democrat two votes and be done with it. Plus, tonight at Pavilions a scarily dressed man asked me if I were […]

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Buehler, Buehler

 

In the Fall of 1973, I was fortunate enough to work as a speechwriter for Richard M. Nixon, the Peacekeeper, at the White House. My father, Herbert Stein, worked there in a far more exalted position as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (sic). In those Halcyon days, William L. Safire, one of the […]

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Killing Pain That Lingers

 

Friday This has been an eventful week. As I might have mentioned, I’ve had terrible pain in my right knee for months. I mean EXCRUCIATING pain when I go up and down stairs. After much delay, I dragged my bad self to an orthopedic medical group in Santa Monica with my pal Judah driving. There […]

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Night After Night

 

Sunday Last night, as is usual, I went out to Mr Chow for dinner. It was packed, as usual. My favorite Irish waiter, James the Flirtatious, whirled around with his magic of bringing Diet Coke just when it’s needed. And by the way, what a miracle Diet Coke happens to be. It’s always delicious. Never […]

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Gosnell: A Must, Must, Must See Movie

 

Saturday Run. Don’t walk. If you care about abortion. If you care about the precious innocence of the hundreds of thousands of unborn babies — and especially BORN babies — murdered every year by the abortionists. If you care about the sanctity of life. RUN DON’T WALK to see “The Gosnell Movie,” as I call […]

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But Seriously

 

As my loyal readers know by now, my wife is not in good health. She stays in bed almost all day, often with her old hubby lying next to her snoozing away. But at about 10 at night, we usually take out our DVDs and watch documentaries about World Wars I and II and the […]

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Democrats, Call Off Your Dogs

 

I just don’t get it. I don’t understand how this whole business with Brett Kavanaugh should have descended to such depths. Here we have a man who was and is a top notch legal scholar. Unimpeachable judicial credentials. Yale Law School (where I also went). Not a blemish against him. Family man. Friends to all […]

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Stalin Would Approve

 

Herewith a few terrifying thoughts about the left’s attacks on Brett Kavanaugh. First, we have entered a genuinely Stalinist world in which all it takes is an accusation from the favored clique, in this case, “progressive” women, to wreck an honest man’s career. There is no trial on facts or law any longer. As others […]

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