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.
Why Late Night Hosts Like Jimmy Kimmel Are Suddenly So Political

Late night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel are substituting political diatribes for monologues. In totally unrelated news, their viewership is steadily declining.

Don’t Be These People Breaking The 72-Hour Rule For Sensitivity About The Las Vegas Shooting

Don’t want to end up saying something embarrassingly stupid? Wait at least 72 hours after the Las Vegas shooting before using it to score political points.

Hugh Hefner Won The Sexual Revolution Then Lost It

Hugh Hefner, the creator of Playboy, died Wednesday at 91. He lived long enough to see the sexual revolution succeed—then turn against him.

Kneeling Protests Are The Worst Form Of Resistance Ever

The Left shows their defiance of Trump by kneeling before his officials as if they’re viceroys. This has got to be the worst ‘Resistance’ ever.

NFL Protests Are The Dead End Of ‘Resistance’ Culture

The NFL protests have cleverly put the ‘Resistance’ on one side and President Trump on the other—along with the national anthem, the flag, and military veterans.

This Weekend’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Needs To Bring Balance To The Trek

With ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ the franchise has a chance to return to its TV roots and the high-concept sci-fi story-telling that made it a cult favorite.

Is A George W. Trump Foreign Policy Sustainable?

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy.

Watch This Movie To Debunk The ‘Tech Monopoly’ Hysteria

If you’re tempted to catch the ‘tech monopoly’ bug, inoculate yourself by watching Barnes and Noble and AOL rule the world in ‘You’ve Got Mail.’

16 Years Later, Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11?

On this 9/11 anniversary, we’re starting to realize that nobody has a coherent strategic answer to the threat of Islamic terrorism. We’re not even trying.

The Schadenfreude Phase Of The Trump Administration Is Hitting Already

This is the stage some of us have been waiting for: when Trump tacks back to the Left, makes nice with Democrats, and sells out his core supporters.

Cool It On The ‘Google Monopoly’ Talk

Talk about Google being a ‘monopoly’ is an attempt to make tech giants into scapegoats for our wider frustrations with the world.

Bullying A Leftist Think Tank Pierces Google’s Carefully Cultivated ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Image

Google shows what ‘Silicon Valley progressivism’ means: being the Left’s enforcers in the culture wars, in exchange for dispensation for economic sins.

Berkeley’s Antifa Takeover Shows There Is Evil On Both Sides

The riots in Berkeley should put to rest the idea that criticizing Antifa creates a false ‘moral equivalence’ between the violent left and the violent right.

Charlottesville’s Statue Burqas Are A Sign Of Liberals’ Panic Over What They’ve Unleashed

Charlottesville’s novel solution to the conflict over Confederate monuments is to drape them in statue burqas meant to shield viewers from temptation.

Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left

After Charlottesville, the Left’s tendency to smear anyone who disagrees with them as a Nazi is spiraling to the point of paranoid insanity.

Donald Trump Needs To Not Be President Yesterday

We’re done with the ‘take what we can get’ phase of Donald Trump’s administration. It’s time for the ‘he’s a disaster and needs to go’ phase.

Notes From Charlottesville On Our State Of Emergency

The ominous warning of Charlottesville’s riots is that we are letting politics descend into a brutal, unprincipled brawl between two illiberal caricatures.

No One Expects The Google Inquisition, But It’s Coming

The Google memo controversy could tear up the implicit social contract we’ve all accepted with the big technology companies to whom we entrust our data.

Okay, Google: How Do You Prepare A Country For Totalitarianism?

To be ready for dictatorship, people have to embrace its habits and practices voluntarily, or at least show little resistance. Google is doing its part.

Lena Dunham Epitomizes Our Self-Enforcing Police State

Lena Dunham turning informant on politically incorrect airline employees shows how the Left is training us to internalize the ethos of the police state.