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.
Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Accountable Capitalism’ Is More Proof Of ‘Progressive’ Feudalism

Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act shows that her ‘progressive’ agenda is to resurrect an essentially feudal approach to property rights.

Trying To ‘Own The Libs’ Is Actually How You Get Owned by Politicians

The real danger of the ‘own the libs’ mentality isn’t just about the failure to persuade. It’s about failure to hold your own side accountable.

This Year, There Was Finally Only One Side Left In Charlottesville

Having Antifa as the only side at this year’s demonstrations in Charlottesville is clarifying about the real motives and priorities of the far left.

Charlottesville Is In A State Of Panic Over A Few Nazis Who Might Not Even Show Up

The city is shutting itself down for three days, because the mere prospect of a few neo-Nazis is spinning people into a full-blown panic.

Steven Pinker Shows How To Defend The Enlightenment Without Really Trying

Steven Pinker makes a good case that something has been going right in the modern world, but you’re on your own if you want to define exactly what that is.

Rule By Executive Order Is Also Bad When Trump Does It

The cause of small government is not served by following Barack Obama’s example and asserting dubious new powers for the president’s pen and phone.

The Age Of Didacticism Is Out To Kill Comedy

There’s no way to make comedy didactic, so the enforcers of mandatory ‘woke’ culture are coming to destroy comedy altogether.

Trump’s Destabilizing Trade War Is A Triumph Of Stupidity

Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly told Donald Trump, ‘If you want to be stupid, I can be stupid, as well.’ This is a perfect summary of a trade war.

Michael Anton’s ‘Social Contract’ Is Not The ‘Traditionally American’ Concept Of Liberty

The only really interesting thing about Michael Anton is his call for a ‘social contract’ that is opposite of the traditional American concept of liberty.

Ending Birthright Citizenship Will Make Republicans Look Like The Party Of Dred Scott

Are Republicans ready to become the party of Dred Scott? I ask, because that’s what Michael Anton wants President Trump to make it look like.

Why The Russians Are The Baddies Again

On Russia, Donald Trump has gone from America First to Blame America First. But Mitt Romney was right all along: Russia is our number one geopolitical foe.

Elon Musk’s Thai Cave Rescue Grandstanding Explains What’s Wrong with Tesla

Elon Musk’s embarrassing, thick-skinned grandstanding about the Thai cave rescue offers some lessons about the problems with his own company, Tesla.

It’s Past Time To Break Up The Supreme Court’s Harvard-Yale Duopoly

A shot at one of the top jobs in the federal judiciary seems to be the exclusive perk of attending just two law schools and a small number of elite undergraduate schools.

Donald Trump’s Trade War Is Proving The Free Traders Right

It seems almost embarrassing to have to rehearse the case for free trade, but Donald Trump is determined to make us learn it all over again, the hard way.

The Left Celebrates July 4 By Denouncing The First Amendment

It is not news that the Left wants to shut us up. But now the leading publication of the mainstream Left is openly coming out against the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court Opening Isn’t About Trump, It’s About Mitch McConnell

If judges are a vindication of Trump, are they also a vindication of Mitch McConnell? And if so, does a good Supreme Court really compensate for a lousy Congress?

In Online Sales Tax Decision, Supreme Court Completes Its Inversion Of The Commerce Clause

The Supreme Court has taken a constitutional provision intended to limit government power and turned it into a mandate for unlimited government power.

Online Mobs Drive Ornithologist Into Research Secrecy After Learning He Killed A Bird

Something must have gone wrong with the culture’s conspicuous love of science, because it is manifesting itself in odd spasms of hostility to science.

How Albert Einstein Posthumously Spawned The Theory Of Wokeness Relativity

To understand a hit piece on Albert Einstein for being ‘racist,’ we have to understand the Theory of Wokeness Relativity.

5 Ways EU Regulations Will Make An Internet With One Neck, Ready For One Leash

The EU’s proposed Article 13 is supposed to enforce copyrights on the Internet, but it will really establish big tech companies as information gatekeepers.