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.
Americans Chose Liberty Over Security A Long Time Ago. School Shootings Don’t Change That

A life of total ‘security’ would be psychologically intolerable, and would expose us to the great evils of an overbearing government.

Yes, We Should Celebrate Our Anglo-American Heritage

Trying to make our ‘Anglo-American heritage’ seem racially exclusive is not an answer to white nationalists. It’s an echo of them.

North Korea Fanboying Is Why We Can’t Trust The Left

The media’s weird praise for North Korea over the weekend is a timely reminder of why we just can’t trust the Left with power.

The GOP Budget Deal Throws Fiscal Sanity Out The Overton Window

President Trump signed a deal to avert a government shutdown for another two years by basically giving the Democrats all the spending they wanted.

John Williams, The Man Who Wrote The Soundtrack To The Olympics, Turns 86 Today

Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating the themes he wrote for the Olympics.

Stop Trying To Make Watergate Happen

The Russia and FBI probes lure political partisans with the prospect of winning political battles by making an end run around ordinary politics.

Enjoy The Super Bowl While You Can, Because Football Is Doomed

Science is telling us that football is a sport in which the audience entertains itself by watching men turn their brains into mush. That can’t last.

Republicans’ Latest Family Leave Scheme Shows Why We Can’t Be Free

A new family leave proposal shows how people on the right have allowed the big government mentality to take up residence inside their heads.

‘Groundhog Day’ Has Lasted 25 Years Thanks To Its Unexpected Profundity

Twenty-five years ago, ‘Groundhog Day’ seemed like just a light screwball comedy. It has since been accepted as a beloved classic with unexpected depths.

How Politically Correct Art Is Leading To The Age Of Didacticism

The left, for all its institutional dominance in the arts, is substituting an uninspiring didacticism for artistic creativity.

Feminists To Women: You’re Consenting To Sex Wrong

‘Enthusiastic consent’ is just another way of telling problematic women they’re doing things wrong by lecturing them on how to have politically correct sex.

Aziz Ansari Illustrates How #MeToo Turned into a Neo-Victorian Sex Panic

The Great Sexual Harassment Awakening has run aground on the shoals of…Aziz Ansari? Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that, either.

‘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?