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 | April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Bobby Jindal Goes After Teacher’s Unions, More in Great Speech

When you live in a world where heads of teacher’s unions say things like, “Parents don’t have a clue when it comes to making choices for their children,” you need people like Jindal who’ll fight back.

By Christopher Cook | April 25, 2015 | 2 Comments
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“Focus on defeating GOP establishment rather than Hillary.”

So says Common Constitutionalist over at Godfather Politics, and he may have a point. Here’s part of what he says:

If Hillary Clinton is so unbeatable, why are others making noise about joining the race? The latest is comrade Bill de Blasio, the commie Mayor of New York City. Well, at least he’s answered …

By Christopher Cook | April 24, 2015 | 2 Comments
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She has the largest number of scandals in her past of any living American public figure.

She ducks out of sight for a while and then pops up again—stronger than ever.

She has avoided being held accountable for actions the mere allegation of which would have driven any Republican from public life 40 years ago. 

She is . . . the most corrupt woman in the world.

So how does she do it? How has she amassed, over decades, a list of crimes and corrupt acts any one of …

By Christopher Cook | April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Woman on Welfare Wants Taxpayers to Pay for $15,000 Wedding, Being A Bride Is A ‘Basic Human Right’

First, the story:

Anna Broom has been on welfare since she was 19-years-old since she was deemed too overweight to work. In total, she has collected over $149,000 in benefits but says that simply isn’t enough as she now wants taxpayers to pay for a dream wedding costing $15,000. Broom claims that being a bride is a “basic human right” and that she is entitled to a “‘traditional English wedding and party in a castle.”

By Christopher Cook | April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Obama and Clinton

And so the triangulation a deception begins:

Hillary says Obama economy has ‘stalled out’

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Road tripping for her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a dark assessment of a “stalled out” U.S. economy Monday, a judgment at odds with President Barack Obama’s brighter view of what the nation has achieved on his watch.

Clinton toured a wood furniture factory in Keene in her first visit to the …

By Christopher Cook | April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In a recent article, I said the following:

Waxman and his crowd would argue that they want, covetously and greedily, to shield their wealth from the Democrats, who will nobly take it from them to give to the less fortunate. This merry band of self-congratulating latter-day Robin Hoods would suggest that if not for them, these greedy richers would never part with a thin dime, so they must take it from them.

As a long time fan of the Robin Hood …

By Christopher Cook | April 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Is ‘White, Discussion’ by Live a Screed About Political Correctness?

Though it is a slight discursion from our normal fare, I would like to take a moment to ask the question posed in the title of this post. I was listening to music and heard the lyrics of the song below and I wondered if this is indeed a screed about political correctness. Is that what the lyricist was thinking?

If so, then kudos to him, because political correctness really is a scourge upon rational thought. Will it bring about, or …

By Christopher Cook | April 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Is Beauty REALLY in the Eye of the Beholder?

Are you sure?

By Christopher Cook | April 19, 2015 | 1 Comment
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Rand Paul’s answer to Dana Bash’s question on same-sex marriage leaves much to be desired in terms of clarity and specificity. It’s also not very inspiring. (Transcript appended below)

” You probably could have both”? Is that the best he can do? Why not be more specific? Why not have, and express, a very specific policy and justify it clearly. Maybe even one that inspires people to agree.

For some background, here is what I wrote on the subject back in 2012:

By Christopher Cook | April 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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 “The Dothraki follow only the strong.”
—Ser Jorah

Okay, so maybe I don’t actually want to live in stone-age conditions, living in tents and riding with a horde. Maybe. But after reading the article Why Are So Many Employers Unable to Fill Jobs? by Stephen Moore, I was deeply sickened by the reason employers are having so much trouble. If I had to choose just one work to sum up that reason, it would be this: weakness.

1) Government discourages work.

Able-bodied people would …