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.
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.

Trump’s North Korea Meeting Is Just Bad Theater

President Trump wants a ‘historic’ deal to make him look like a great leader—exactly the mistake previous presidents made in negotiating with North Korea.

For The Left, The Enlightenment Is Just Another Excuse To Cry ‘Racism’

Jamelle Bouie gives us a critique of the Enlightenment from the Left, and it’s exactly what you were expecting: another excuse to call everyone racist.

Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Majority Wants To Kill Freedom Softly

The Supreme Court’s religious freedom ruling is so narrow it allows bureaucrats to violate your conscience as long as they’re more polite when they do it.

The ‘Roseanne’ Debacle Is a Warning About the Price of Trumpism

The ‘Roseanne’ debacle is a self-inflicted wound — and a warning that what happened with Trump-supporter Barr could happen with Trump himself.

The Plug Must Be Pulled On Google’s Plan For Thought Control

The left tries to claim Star Trek for itself, but the original series offers a surprisingly prescient cautionary tale about Google’s conformist PC agenda.

How Star Trek Became A Tribal Battleground Of PC Art

Why is it ‘weird’ for Ted Cruz to be a Star Trek fan? Because the left is using PC didacticism to mark off parts of the culture as their tribal territory.

Tastemakers Have Opened The Floodgates Of Preachy PC Art

An Alanis Morissette jukebox musical shows how mainstream culture is openly embracing the idea of a didactic or propagandistic role for art.

Let’s Cool The Philosophical Hot Takes On The Laurel Versus Yanny Audio Illusion

We can’t be content to view ‘Laurel Versus Yanny’ as a fun intellectual puzzle. No, somebody has to claim it proves everything is subjective.

Dear Conservatives: The Enlightenment Is Not The Enemy

Some conservatives are dismissing the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and trying to surrender its brilliant legacy to the enemies of Enlightenment on the Left.