Ben Stein’s Diary
by | Mar 15, 2019

Thursday Now for a few words about Hollywood, Southern California, and education. When I first moved out here, roughly 43 years ago now, I was in the process of writing a book about the political attitudes of Hollywood powers. Propelled…

by | Mar 11, 2019

Yesterday, I was being visited by my pal, Mike Visser, and his son, David. I wanted to go down to the desert just to soak up the sunshine. Normally, I would have had my super pal Judah drive me down…

by | Mar 1, 2019

To begin at the beginning, I’m at the Breakers, a spectacularly built and situated resort in Palm Beach, Florida. I’m here to give a speech to the Four Arts Community Center. The speech was yesterday, immediately after a lovely lunch…

by | Feb 25, 2019

Sunday I’m down here in Greenville, South Carolina. I’m visiting my son Tommy with my glorious travel companion, Bob, keeping me company. My other glorious friend, Judah, is keeping my wife company as she lies ill at our home in…

by | Feb 19, 2019

Now for the charming topics of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, and the so-called “Green New Deal.” If ever there was a multi-pronged way to snatch Depression from the Jaws of prosperity, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seems to have hit upon it. Ms….

by | Feb 17, 2019

Well, it had to happen. We were taught in econ 101 (actually my first class in econ was “Money and Banking” taught by my parents’ dear, dear friend from the University of Chicago, C. Lowell Harriss) that if you keep…

by | Feb 4, 2019

It’s raining here in LA. Not cool. I liked it much better when it never rained. LA is not too much fun in the rain. The sky is gray and it’s cool. I’ll go swimming anyway. Okay, get ready to…

by | Jan 29, 2019

Sunday The weather here in LA is perfect. Low humidity. No wind. No clouds. Seventy-two degrees. I lay in bed for hours, then went swimming and I thought, as I endlessly do, how grateful I am. I am a Jew….

by | Jan 25, 2019

Sunday Here I am in Miami Beach with my friend and assistant, Bob Noah. He’s a super smart guy and I could barely travel without him. We maneuvered our way through the massive airport, got into our car, and headed…

by | Jan 24, 2019

In June of 1970, I graduated from Yale Law School. Not by grades but by the election of my peers, I was selected to be valedictorian. I gave a high sounding speech about law and social justice and kindness and…

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