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 The Stormy Daniels Story Is A Sign Of The Apocalypse

It looks like Donald Trump’s lawyer paid a porn star to hush up a story about her liaisons with the man who is now president. How come nobody really cares?

Was Social Media A Mistake? Here’s An Experiment To Find Out

Social media has turned out to be a big mistake because it has recentralized digital media under big companies controlled by the authoritarian left.

The National School Walkout Sums Up Our Middle School Politics

Why not draft school kids as political activists in the The National School Walkout? Our politics is already just an inflated version of middle school.

Will Trump Get Played by North Korea? He Just Did

Maybe Kim Jong-un is North Korea’s Mikhail Gorbachev. But given the total lack of evidence for such a radically new direction, this is vanishingly unlikely.

The Parkland Shooting, And Why We Need To Put Reason Over Emotion

The response to the Parkland shooting shows why we always have to guard against relying on a purely emotional appeal instead of fact and logic.

Dear Annoying Parkland Kids: We Gave You A Pretty Awesome World, Try Not To Mess It Up

Let’s look at Parkland kids’ arrogant presumption that previous generations messed up the world, so that they have to ‘rebuild’ it.

Donald Trump Sells Out The Right On Guns

Just as the anti-gun media narrative on school shootings was falling apart, Donald Trump held a televised summit with lawmakers and revived it.

New School Policing Info Marks Broward County’s Scott Israel An Ayn Rand Villain

Like Wesley Mouch, the bumbling central planner in ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel keeps messing up then demanding wider powers.

Why It’s Time To Raise The Voting Age Back To 21

The teens going on television to agitate for gun control after the Parkland shooting make the case, not for lowering the voting age, but for raising it.

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.