Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko, a senior advisor to the American Principles Project, of Washington, D.C., served as a junior White House official under President Reagan.

The Fascination of Steve Bannon


How important is the distinction between nationalism and patriotism? Could it be that this distinction might be all that stands between Steve Bannon and political power? It may seem too slender a distinction, too thin a thread, to matter so much. Yet as G.K. Chesterton’s wrote on Fairy Tales (reprinted at All Things Considered, 1956, p.188-9): […]

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Enter Bitcoin: Your Future Revealed in George Gilder’s ‘Life After Google’


Google and social media have been in the headlines. So has Bitcoin. Tech guru and conservative economist George Gilder now brings the two together in a fascinating and pertinent way. According to a very recent WellsFargo/Gallup poll, about 2% of American investors — defined as people with more than $10,000 in stocks, bonds or mutual funds […]

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A Modest Proposal for Making America, and the World, Great Again


Hello, Tim Draper. Break California up into three States? High time! What might be the larger implications of tugging on a loose thread of the sweater that is the Megastates that dominate the world? They weave a garment that has for centuries engulfed the world in war and which lingers on, making the world gratuitously […]

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Sexual Anarchy in the U.S.


Two progressive icons in the Capitol have recently announced their resignations. Sen. Al Franken, under pressure from the Senate Democratic conference, announces his resignation in the wake of the resignation of Rep. John Conyers under pressure from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The consequences of sexual misconduct are taking a big toll beyond the progressive […]

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Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite


The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump’s White House strategist. Time magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him. Time is joining the elite media lynch mob. The one thing this tsunami of media infamy doesn’t get is… […]

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What’s Left? Trump Against Clinton Echoes Capitalism Against Communism


Hillary Clinton is not a communist. That said, she is certainly running to the left. What’s left? That’s actually an interesting question. People throw around the terms “left” and “right” with an instinctive, imprecise, sense of their meanings. It’s good to get back to first principles. I am rereading, after long neglect, the charter document […]

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 ‘What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us…’


So, as the headline has it, begins the subtitle of John Tamny’s latest book, Who Needs the Fed? It might have been even more aptly titled The Emperor Has No Clothes. It explodes the myth that government agencies, especially the Federal Reserve System, can be a force for prosperity and with justice for all.

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Obama, The Great Bathroom War of 2016, and The Cultural Revolution


If you’re not up on your Gramsci, you won’t know what’s happening. Why did President Obama use executive authority to insist that the transgendered be allowed to use school bathrooms and shower room facilities of the gender with whom they identify? The GOP does not fully grasp this. Neither does Time magazine, which devotes its May […]

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