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 (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to

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By Christopher Cook | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Donald Trump

Based on his public policy statements, it seems likely that Donald Trump would not know a libertarian principle if one came up and bit him on his nonaggression axiom. I suspect he would not know Hayek from a hole in the ground.

But is it possible that his position could be consonant with libertarian principles? Can we make a libertarian argument for immigration restrictions and border control?

Libertarians have, over the years, taken a variety of views on the subject. In today’s libertarian mainstream (if there is such a thing), …

By Christopher Cook | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In its standard formulation, the core principle of libertarianism is the nonaggression axiom, which holds that it is morally wrong for one person to initiate force against another person.

Insofar as it goes, this certainly has the merit of being true. From a bird’s-eye view, there are only two kinds of force: aggressive force (force initiated to pursue some gain) and protective force (force deployed to respond to or prepare for aggressive force). The latter is morally legitimate; the former is not.

The principle also …

By Christopher Cook | February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Video: Amazing Video: Genius Honey Badger Uses Eight Different Tools to Escape

Not only does this demonstrate intelligence, it also shows the desire for freedom in every creature.

If honey badgers evolve thumbs, we’re in big trouble!

By Christopher Cook | February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

With 99% of the precincts reporting,  a disciplined Ted Cruz’s strong organization has given him the win in Iowa, in spite of recent battering by a typically feisty Donald Trump.


Just as big a story is Marco Rubio’s strong third-place finish, nipping at the heels of the confident Trump. This positions Rubio well going into the New Hampshire primary, which is typically dominated by more moderate voters than Iowa.

Update: …

By Christopher Cook | January 17, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Check out AEI’s 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970:

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as …

By Christopher Cook | January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: The Real Gap Is Not Rich and Poor, It’s Government and Everyone Else

For several years now, in articles and comments on this site, I have noted that it is becoming increasingly difficult to hold government officials accountable for wrongdoing—essentially, that we are developing a two-tiered system of elites and everyone else. In the video below, David Friedman, son of the late great Milton Friedman, makes a similar argument.

David Friedman is an anarcho-capitalist, which I am not, and he is arguing this point from that perspective. That being said, are his points not fairly …

By Christopher Cook | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Envy is an ugly, ugly emotion. When it turns into calls for government to use force to regulate business because it makes too much money (or whatever the objective du jour is) it is ugly and, by definition, coercive and violent.

And, when it comes to perceptions of business profits, it’s also motivated by some very wrong information:

I find this totally fascinating, though not completely unexpected. …

By Christopher Cook | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Video: Restaurants Give $3 Billion a Year to Charity. Why Would You Want to Hurt Them?

Minimum wage laws not only cause unemployment among those who can least afford it (as the original progressive architects of minimum wage laws well knew) they also push restaurants into bankruptcy.

Why would anyone think that is a good thing? Not only do they create jobs and provide a service people want, they also help the poor and less fortunate:

By Christopher Cook | January 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Video: Libertarian Star Wars Parody

For those of us who watched every one of Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” videos (and loved the heck out of them), the Chewbacca bit near the end is extra hy-sterical!