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.

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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America and the State of the Nation

 

A few days ago, I was in a small but cheerful hotel room in downtown Chicago. I had just flown in from L.A. and had dinner with John Coyne, a dear friend from Nixon days, so I was in a great mood. As the air conditioning whirred around me, because Chicago was having a strange […]

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The Trump Effect

 

Presidents Day. L.A. Off in a drizzle to my 12 step meeting. It has been raining steadily here most of the winter. It’s like living in a dimly lit aquarium. The “climate change” nuts had been telling us that we humans had caused the drought and now we were going to have 500 years of […]

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Insane Trump

 

Sunday So, it’s Sunday night and the internet is lit up like a Christmas tree with Senator Al Franken’s comments about President Trump on CNN this morning. Al, a true genius, and a longtime friend, said that some GOP Senators were saying that Mr. Trump was “not right in the head” or something like that, […]

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Subversives in Black Robes

 

What that court did on Thursday was the equivalent of Japan suing FDR in 1941, saying that if the USA went to war against Japan, many Japanese would be killed and wounded. Therefore, Japan argued, the due process rights of the Japanese would be violated and the court must enjoin the U.S. going to war. […]

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The President’s Immigration Rights

 

Wednesday So, the rain falls every day here in Los Angeles now. Every single day. And Jerry Brown, our governor, told us we would have a drought for 500 years. Politicians are not good weather forecasters. No one is a good weather forecaster. The forecasters cannot tell what the weather will be tomorrow. How can […]

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