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.
‘This Is America’ Is The Epitome Of Preachy PC Art

Donald Glover’s ‘This Is America’ is typical of the art championed by our cultural elites: little artistic content, but loud, didactic political messaging.

The Cold War With Iran Is Back

President Trump’s cancellation of the Iran deal gets America back in to fight our side of it.

When The Going Gets Rough, ‘Ideas And Persuasion’ Are All We’ve Got To Take Down The Left

An internecine debate about conservative support for Trump raises important questions about the role of the pundit and the purpose of debating ideas.

Yes, Communism Is Definitely Idealist, And That’s Why It Leads To Mass Murder

Why do intellectuals still cling to Marxism? The answer is that Communism is ‘idealist’ in the strict philosophical sense. And that’s not a good thing.

Tesla Is An Environmentalist Tulip Mania

Elon Musk’s electric car company has always been a triumph of green hype over reality. Now Tesla is finally running out of other people’s money.

Marco Rubio Blows With The Prevailing Trumpian Wind

Marco Rubio really, really wants to be president. He wants it badly enough to blow with the prevailing wind, and the prevailing wind comes from Trump.

Royal Baby Mania Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Celebrity

The attraction of the royal family isn’t about politics. It’s about wishing that our celebrities behaved like the current generation of British royals.

The Problem With Social Media Isn’t The Media, It’s The Social

The Internet was supposed to supercharge the spread of information, but social media is actually crippling our ability to process new ideas.

Trump’s Syria Strategy: For One Night Only!

By declaring ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria after a single night, President Trump is avoiding the kind of sustained strategy that actually produces results.

Britain’s Knife Control Is A Bad, Real-Life Parody Of Gun Control

If you set out to write a parody of gun control, it might look like the real news from London, where guns don’t kill people, knives do.

Is Mueller’s Trump Investigation A Clinton Impeachment Rerun?

If the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s lawyer is about what we think it’s about, we could be living through a rerun of the Clinton impeachment crisis.

Why ‘Win And Go Home’ Isn’t Working In Syria

President Trump wanted to declare victory over ISIS in Syria and go home. Well, that’s the trick, isn’t it? It turns out ‘win and go home’ rarely works.

Rich Lowry Gets Stampeded Onto The Trump Train

Rich Lowry just wrote off the NeverTrump movement as ‘deluded.’ Yes, the same Rich Lowry who compiled the ‘Against Trump’ issue of National Review.

Marco Rubio Finally Gets What Philosophers Are Good For

Marco Rubio finally gets it right. We do need philosophers, and the past few years demonstrate just how badly we need them.

The March For Our Lives Was Just ‘Helicopter Protesting’

In a triumph of helicopter parenting, the ‘student-led’ March for Our Lives protest turns out to have been mostly organized and paid for by adult activists.

Donald Trump Is A Unilateral Trade Warmonger

In trade war terms, Trump’s tariffs are the equivalent of invading Iraq without first getting a UN resolution—or congressional authorization.

How The Second Amendment Prevents Tyranny

The Second Amendment was supposed to protect us from government by dispersing its coercive power among the people. We still adhere to that system today.

Why The Stormy Daniels Story Is A Sign Of The Apocalypse

It looks like Donald Trump’s lawyer paid a porn star to hush up a story about her liaisons with the man who is now president. How come nobody really cares?

Was Social Media A Mistake? Here’s An Experiment To Find Out

Social media has turned out to be a big mistake because it has recentralized digital media under big companies controlled by the authoritarian left.

The National School Walkout Sums Up Our Middle School Politics

Why not draft school kids as political activists in the The National School Walkout? Our politics is already just an inflated version of middle school.