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.
‘Don’t Be Evil’? Google Is Becoming A Police State

Google employees are creating their own enclave of mandatory wokeness, but they’re not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.

How A Watchdog Sacrificed Press Freedom To Partisanship

The Committee to Protect Journalists just gave Donald Trump its award for Undermining Global Press Freedom, making a mockery of its supposed mission.

Remember, Oprah Winfrey Is Our Premier National Snake Oil Salesman

Oprah Winfrey is responsible for promoting a whole variety of quack medical nostrums and launching the careers of questionable experts.

What Donald Trump Set On Fire When He Burned Steve Bannon

Donald Trump’s spectacular disavowal of Steve Bannon isn’t just the end for Bannon. It’s the end for Bannon’s attempt to turn ‘Trumpism’ into a movement.

President Trump Has A Clear Shot At The Iranian Regime

Protests in Iran give us a clear shot at helping take down a dangerous and oppressive dictatorship. Please, please, please, let’s not mess this up.

The ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Theory Of American Politics

Deeper cultural problems led us to our current state of political crisis, and it’s just about everybody’s fault.

How The Trump Conundrum Will Affect America’s Long-Term Health

Trump’s first year in office has turned out much better than expected, but don’t let that blind us to some of the long-term costs of Trumpism.

In 2017, The ‘Resistance’ Couldn’t Shoot Straight At Trump

Donald Trump requires an opposition to keep him in check, but also gives them plenty of ammunition to work with. So how did they still manage to blow it?

Who Punches The Nazi-Punchers?

This year, an ideology that killed millions in the twentieth century attempted to resurrect itself. Oh, and the Nazis tried to make a comeback, too.

What We’ve Learned From The Great Sexual Harassment Awakening Of 2017

The moral reform movement on sexual harassment has veered into predictable overkill, but it’s worth defending the original phenomenon.

Roy Moore Is A Lesson On The Folly Of Angry Populism

The obvious lesson of Roy Moore’s election loss is that angry populism fueled by resentment of ‘elites’ is not the basis for a political movement.

CFPB Employees, You’re Not Dumbledore’s Army. You’re Dolores Umbridge

The CFPB’s Harry-Potter-styled rebellion of mid-level bureaucrats seems a lot less like Dumbledore’s Army and a lot more like Dolores Umbridge.

How Russia’s Olympics Ban Evaporates The Illusion Of Nationalism

Russia’s total ban from the upcoming Winter Olympics is a warning about the illusions of Vladimir Putin’s style of chest-thumping nationalism.

The Kate Steinle Verdict Is The Right’s Zimmerman Trial

The Kate Steinle verdict is the Right’s turn to be outraged after an acquittal because they were never warned about the weaknesses of the actual case.

What If You Can’t Normalize Donald Trump — Because He’s Already Normal?

It has become a terrible crime to ‘normalize’ Donald Trump. But have we considered the even more terrifying possibility that Donald Trump is normal?

Sex Assault Claims Don’t Prove Male Toxicity, But The Absence Of Masculinity

I always suspected the left would circle back to Puritanism. What strikes me about most of the allegations so far, however, is how unmasculine the men are.

AT&T’s Monopoly Offers A Cautionary Tale For Net Neutrality

The history of AT&T shows how the Internet as we know it was born out of rejecting the policies that are the backbone of ‘net neutrality.’

Roy Moore Shows Why We’re Not Prepared For The Coming Crisis

Defenders of Roy Moore should reflect that in an era of crisis we’re going to have to fall back on the strength of our values, norms, and institutions.

#140orFight: Twitter Is Destroying Itself By Expanding To 280 Characters

Twitter has decided to give everyone 280 characters for each tweet. Nobody was asking for this, and it doesn’t make the medium better. It makes it worse.

Why Won’t The Nightmare Dream Of Communism Die?

A century of Communism achieved four main results: poverty, oppression, war, and mass death. So why does anybody still think collectivism is ‘idealistic’?