Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech, Publisher
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, specializing in health care and entitlement policy. He previously worked as speechwriter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, and as chief speechwriter for U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. Domenech is also editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and co-host of Coffee & Markets, an award-winning podcast focused on politics, policy, and the marketplace. He co-founded Redstate and appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, and The Blaze. He lives in Virginia. Email him at
Progressives Want Everything Locally Grown Except Government

Progressives want everything locally grown except government, in part because self-government proves the failure of the Administrative State.

The Sinestro Theory of The Administrative State

In the era of the Administrative State, big government has been giving out too many rings to too many would-be Sinestros.

Ferguson And How We Feel About Cops

Ferguson shows us what happens when militarized cops go overboard.

The Logic of Jonathan Chait: Libertarians Don’t Exist

There can’t be a libertarian moment because libertarians do not exist. They’re make-believe, just like elves, gremlins, or Eskimos!

The Libertarian Moment Can’t Just Be A Moment

If the progressive view prevails among Millennials, the libertarian moment will only be a moment. It can and should be so much more.

Obama Will Be Disgraced, Not Impeached

Don’t throw at .260 hitters. Impeachment won’t stop disrespect of the rule of law from this crew. Only crafting a new governing majority will.

Compassionate Conservatism Is Still A Thing

Maybe, as it turns out, liberty is actually a more compassionate solution for more people than compassionate conservatism? We might as well give it a try.

The CBO Is Using Enron-Style Accounting On Obamacare

The level of distrust for the validity of CBO’s estimates is growing, and their latest step to game the accounting on Obamacare’s ramifications is amazing.

Ira Glass Has Opinions About Shakespeare

This American Life host Ira Glass has seen King Lear, and has some thoughts.

On Energy Prices, The Working Class Blames Washington

Energy prices present a golden opportunity to break the left’s coalition and win over the working class.

The Agony of Jonathan Gruber: Michael F. Cannon’s Revenge

Does Earth-2 Jonathan Gruber also love birds?

Why Gavin Newsom Can’t Use His Good Ideas About Local Governance

Gavin Newsom has some good ideas about local governance which he can never put into practice.

Area Lobbyist: Why Do Republicans Want To Kill My Job?

John Feehery worries that Republicans don’t want to just do whatever big business wants them to do any more.

Why Do Gerson and Wehner Think The Drug War Helps People?

When it comes to the drug war in particular, we should demand a very high burden of proof from those who seek to restrict liberty and expand the state.

2016 Republicans Must Have Answers On The NSA And Iraq

Republican candidates in 2016 will have to answer questions about Iraq and the NSA, whether they’d like to or not.

Media Ignorance Is Worse When It’s Intentional

Media ignorance is worse when it’s intentional. It’s one thing to not know another perspective exists – it’s another to purposefully pretend it doesn’t exist.

Food Prices Are Soaring And Washington Doesn’t Care

Politicians insist that inflation is under control, just so long as you don’t include prices for food, education, health care, housing, or energy.

What Makes You A Patriot?

Share the found elements of Americana which extend into our lives from surprising sources and inspire you to feel like a patriot.

OTC Birth Control: Your Body, Your Choice, Your Responsibility

People don’t naturally assume that over the counter birth control should be available for free: they think they should be able to buy it. Let them.

The Real Problem With Soccer: Insufferable Fans Like Will Leitch

World Cup soccer can turn irony-obsessed liberal hipsters into jingoistic patriots. Will Leitch reminds us they’re still insufferable.

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