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.
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.

Tom Wolfe Was America’s Carnival Barker

Tom Wolfe, the journalist and novelist who died yesterday at 88, was our enthusiastic guide to the raucous and colorful spectacle that is America.

‘This Is America’ Is The Epitome Of Preachy PC Art

Donald Glover’s ‘This Is America’ is typical of the art championed by our cultural elites: little artistic content, but loud, didactic political messaging.

The Cold War With Iran Is Back

President Trump’s cancellation of the Iran deal gets America back in to fight our side of it.

When The Going Gets Rough, ‘Ideas And Persuasion’ Are All We’ve Got To Take Down The Left

An internecine debate about conservative support for Trump raises important questions about the role of the pundit and the purpose of debating ideas.

Yes, Communism Is Definitely Idealist, And That’s Why It Leads To Mass Murder

Why do intellectuals still cling to Marxism? The answer is that Communism is ‘idealist’ in the strict philosophical sense. And that’s not a good thing.

Tesla Is An Environmentalist Tulip Mania

Elon Musk’s electric car company has always been a triumph of green hype over reality. Now Tesla is finally running out of other people’s money.

Marco Rubio Blows With The Prevailing Trumpian Wind

Marco Rubio really, really wants to be president. He wants it badly enough to blow with the prevailing wind, and the prevailing wind comes from Trump.

Royal Baby Mania Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Celebrity

The attraction of the royal family isn’t about politics. It’s about wishing that our celebrities behaved like the current generation of British royals.

The Problem With Social Media Isn’t The Media, It’s The Social

The Internet was supposed to supercharge the spread of information, but social media is actually crippling our ability to process new ideas.

Trump’s Syria Strategy: For One Night Only!

By declaring ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria after a single night, President Trump is avoiding the kind of sustained strategy that actually produces results.

Britain’s Knife Control Is A Bad, Real-Life Parody Of Gun Control

If you set out to write a parody of gun control, it might look like the real news from London, where guns don’t kill people, knives do.

Is Mueller’s Trump Investigation A Clinton Impeachment Rerun?

If the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s lawyer is about what we think it’s about, we could be living through a rerun of the Clinton impeachment crisis.