Christopher Cook
Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United’s notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.


Stories by Christopher Cook

By Christopher Cook | May 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Fossil fuels have HELPED the environment

“Why You Should Love Fossil Fuel,” aka, what you understand if you’re not a raging hypocrite living in unicorn and rainbow land.

By Christopher Cook | May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Government Policy Is Killing a Small Town

Actually, it’s killing an entire state.

It’s infuriating, really. Government has no legitimate authority to prevent hydraulic fracturing. Government is only legitimate insofar as it uses its monopoly of force to defend natural rights. When it starts preventing human activity or redistributing wealth, it cedes legitimacy.

You can argue that government is defending rights when it acts to mitigate the impact of externalities (e.g. pollution), but the bar has to be set very high when it comes to government taking preemptive action against externalities. …

By Christopher Cook | May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Coolidge Showed That Doing Less Produces Better Results

Not only is limited government the best choice from a moral standpoint, the absence of action produces abundance. The presidency of “Silent Cal” is an excellent piece of evidence.

Just ask Amity Schlaes, who wrote a book on President Coolidge, and another book about the (government action-induced) Great Depression that came along a few years later.

By Christopher Cook | May 23, 2015 | 3 Comments
solar panel green energy environmental

I call the article below by Stephen Moore to your attention not out of shadenfreude or a nose-thumbing desire to say “I told you so” to the green energy fanatics. Rather, I call it to your attention so you can join me in demanding our share of the hundreds of billions dollars that government took from us and spent on green energy subsidies (some of which was retuned in campaign donations back …

By Christopher Cook | May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: The Votes from 1964 Are Still Being Counted

I watched this video a while back and I have been meaning to post it. I don’t always agree with George Will, but he really nails it here. As we get caught up in the day-to-day political struggles, it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come. Will uses the 1964 election as his launching point, calling Barry Goldwater The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics.

This is long, but worth …

By Christopher Cook | May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Should We Privatize Our Police Forces?

Other than actual anarcho-capitalists like David Friedman, Dr. David Gordon, and others, even the most radical minarchist libertarians see neutral, third-party justice and security to be legitimate functions of government. Indeed, the most radical minarchist libertarians see these as basically the only functions—the core of the “night-watchman” state. The anarcho-capitalists have respectable arguments that we should consider on the subject, of course, but at the end of the day, comparatively few people support privatization of the police.

The thing I like about this video, however, …

By Christopher Cook | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Why the Left Demonize the Rich

Hint: It’s so they can steal their money.

By Christopher Cook | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Obama Has Switched Sides in the Middle East

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and says it is going to murder you and millions like you, perhaps you should take it at its word.

By Christopher Cook | May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
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And bats, too. And desert tortoises. Why do they hate them? Why, mommy, why?

What’s that you say, Democrats? You don’t hate birds and bats and turtles? Well then—in light of your borderline deification of solar and wind as energy sources—explain this:

‘Alarming’ Rate Of Bird Deaths As New Solar Plants Scorch Animals In Mid-Air

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun …

By Christopher Cook | May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Sarah Silverman and Her Lefty Friends Are a Bunch of Liars

In addition to noting the ease with which the left lies, Whittle touches on another important point: their narcissistic self-image. This is a subject I deal with at some length in The Top Three Motivations of Every Liberal and The Top Three Reasons Why Liberals Hate Conservatives.