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.
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’?

Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Why We Don’t Have One-Man Executive Rule

In two recent interviews, Donald Trump doesn’t really seem to grasp the difference between our system of government and authoritarian one-man rule.

Global Warming Alarmist Sues Scientists, Saying Academic Critiques Of His Work Are ‘Defamation’

A Stanford professor is suing other scientists for critiquing his work in favor of ‘renewable energy.’ That’s not how science works.

At Today’s Universities, Philosophy Is The Handmaid Of Political Correctness

University philosophy departments are supposed to be centers of open inquiry and rigorous analysis. What happens when that comes up against political correctness?

Harvey Weinstein Set Off The Left’s Version Of The Televangelist Scandal

It didn’t stop with Harvey Weinstein. It’s now spreading to the political media, where it is about to cause a similar devastating loss of moral credibility.

Why Congress Needs To Reinforce Donald Trump’s Reign Of Benign Regulatory Neglect

Everyone is so distracted by the drama on the President Trump’s Twitter feed that they’re not paying attention to his crackdown on runaway regulation. Good.

5 Ways To Know If We’ve Won The Culture War

It’s hard to know whether you’re winning or losing the latest round of the culture war if you have no idea what winning would look like.

We Live In The Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About

Young adult fiction is awash in projections of a dystopian future, yet we’re still sliding into that future, and young adults are going along with it.

Harvey Weinstein Provides Yet Another Reminder That Power Corrupts

What the Harvey Weinstein case reminds us is that our elites are corrupt. And there is only one long-term solution that will mitigate the problem.

Signs Liberalism’s Slow Suicide Is Finally Complete

Campus protests against the ACLU are a sign that American ‘liberalism’ is being destroyed by the forces it unleashed and its own inherent contradictions.

‘Discovery’ Is Star Trek In A Mirror, Darkly

Previous Star Trek series had a problem with overly utopian idealism. Now the problem is that they’ve beaten all of it out of the franchise.

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.