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.
It’s Official: Gary Johnson Is A Left-Wing Candidate

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson just came out in favor of a big new carbon tax. What the heck is going on here?

If Libertarians Want To Be Relevant, Maybe They Should Focus On Promoting Liberty

The Gary Johnson campaign is a test of whether Libertarians love the votes of the mainstream right in 2016 more than they hate the conservatives.

Donald Trump Is Jon Stewart’s True Successor

This implies Trump is the first Internet troll candidate, campaigning for the lulz of getting everyone sputtering with outrage at the latest outburst that he maybe does and maybe doesn’t actually mean.

Libertarians Are Blowing The Opportunity Of The Century

This is the one year I’m considering voting for the Libertarians. Too bad Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are blowing it.

Paul Ryan Victory Shows This Won’t Be Trump’s GOP

Paul Ryan’s easy victory over his primary challenger shows that Trump hasn’t transformed the Republican Party.

Pack It In, Everybody, We Used Up the Earth

August 8 has been declared Earth Overshoot Day, the point at which humanity has used up all of the available natural resources for the year.

We Need the Ideal Of The Olympics More Than Ever In 2016

The Olympics are a lonely and desperately needed outpost for a sense of striving, heroism, and human nobility.

In Venezuela’s Socialist Paradise, Workers Report To Labor Camps

Venezuela is marching into the socialist future by marching into the feudal past.

James Cameron’s Climate Change Lies At The DNC

The DNC featured a video from James Cameron touting the devastation already happening because of ‘climate change.’ It’s propaganda through and through.

With DNC Hack, Russia Wins By Showing Up

The DNC hack shows Vladimir Putin is interfering in American politics precisely because neither party is focused on him.

‘Law And Order’ Won’t Save The Republican Party

The left has constructed a false narrative about racist cops, but the Republican Party is building a false narrative about crime.

Sheriff Clarke Is Right: There’s A War On Cops

Sheriff Clarke is right: we’re seeing ‘guerrilla urban warfare against the police’ fueled by a false narrative about police shootings.

Obama: ObamaCare Didn’t Work, So Let’s Completely Socialize Medicine

President Obama implicitly acknowledges ObamaCare has failed—and lays the cards on the table for what we knew was going to be his next step.

Ticking The Gay Sulu Box Is Unworthy Of Star Trek

Star Trek has never shied away from a liberal message, but its classic approach wasn’t as bland, concrete, and obvious as ticking off PC boxes.

Donald Trump Doubles Down On Anti-Semitic Meme

Is Donald Trump a real anti-Semite, or does he just accidentally look like one?

We Accomplished More When Everybody Was Naked (In Art)

A review of history indicates that both men and women accomplished a lot more when everybody was naked—at least in art.

Left’s Response To Al-Qaeda Turns Internet Parody Into Real Life

In al-Qaeda’s response to media coverage of the Orlando attack, life imitates satire.

UK After Brexit: What Is The Charter Of The Land?

Brexit was a vote for British exceptionalism—the idea that freedom is the unique mission of the English-speaking peoples.

How Democrats Won The House Gun-Control Sit-In

The Democrats’ gun-control sit-in was a failure at moving legislation. But it was a success at making us forget about terrorism.

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.