Robert Tracinski
Robert Tracinski
Robert Tracinski, Senior Writer
Robert Tracinski is a senior writer at The Federalist. He studied philosophy at the University of Chicago and for more than 20 years has written about politics, markets, and foreign policy. He has been published in dozens of newspapers, from the Chicago Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle, and been featured on many radio and television shows, from Rush Limbaugh to “The O’Reilly Factor.” He is an occasional guest host of The Federalist Radio Hour and editor of The Tracinski Letter.
The Symbolic Self-Liquidation Of The Democratic Sit-In

The Democrats’ gun-control sit-in is symbolic, but the symbols have the opposite of their original meanings.

The Real Worst Tweet Of The Year (So Far)

The reaction on Twitter to a toddler’s death reveals the death of the last vestiges of old-fashioned ‘liberalism.’

Brexit: Welcome, Britain, To Our Revolution

The issue in the Brexit is the same as the one behind the American Revolution: the consent of the governed.

The Backwards Logic Of This Election Year

If this is the election year in which logic seems irrelevant, how come the rules of logic explain so much of what’s going on?

Orlando Uncovers The Left’s Indifference To Minority Rights

The reaction to the Orlando terrorist attack shows how badly the Left is failing the minorities it claims to protect.

Is Newt Gingrich Running For Shadow President?

Is Newt Gingrich distancing himself from Trump, or promising to be the responsible party who will really run a Trump administration?

With Hillary Clinton, Democrats Nominate The Worst Caricature Of Themselves

As the Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton takes the cardboard cut-out cartoon caricature of the Left and conforms to it.

How To Fix The Olympics In One Step

Hosting the Olympics is always a mess, but that could be minimized by one simple reform that returns to the ancient roots of the games.

Switzerland’s ‘Basic Income’ Idea Was Democratized Aristocracy

Switzerland’s referendum for a ‘basic income’ reveals the endgame of the welfare state: the neo-aristocratic privilege of living without working.

Brad Thor Is Right: ‘Death To Tyrants’ Is As American As Apple Pie

If Brad Thor made an “assassination threat” against Donald Trump, then America’s Founding Fathers–and Virginia’s own state flag–are equally guilty.

The Ultimate Argument For #NeverTrump

We need to say #NeverTrump to preserve the history and institutions that protect liberty.

Yes, You Can Blame The DDT Ban For Zika

The WHO admits Zika spread because it ‘dropped the ball’ on mosquito control in the 1970s, just when environmentalists demanded that we abandon DDT.

The Marie Antoinette Socialism of Bernie Sanders’s Wife

Burlington College is a microcosm of Bernie Sanders’s socialism, including the way Jane Sanders cashed in while running it into the ground.

Global Warmists Admit They’re Really Book Burners

The Portland Public Schools board is going to need to buy carbon offsets to compensate for their global warming book-burning campaign.

Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ gave us a fantasy vision of socialism. Venezuela is showing us the brutal reality.

Obama Is Against PC In Theory, Not In Practice

President Obama believes in open debate and tolerance of opposing viewpoints—but make your bathrooms trans-friendly or else.

How Facebook Became The Old Media, Only Worse

Facebook is re-building the gatekeeper role once claimed by the New York Times editorial board, but with less accountability.

The Case For An American Liberal Party

An American right-of-center Liberal Party would force a debate on what ‘liberty’ and ‘liberalism’ really mean.

‘Free Republic’ Now A Safe Space for Donald Trump Supporters

Donald Trump supporters have turned Free Republic, one of their favorite Internet forums, into a safe space free of triggers and macroaggressions.

Why We Love That Photo Of Chris Hemsworth Baking A Cake

A photo of beefcake actor Chris Hemsworth making a cake for his daughter has a lot to say about the role of men and of masculinity.