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

Stories by Christopher Cook

By Christopher Cook | November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: If Your Neighbor Puts a Junk Car on His Lawn, Does That Harm You? (Whittle & Klavan)

I agree with Klavan and Whittle, and some of the commenters on the original post: this should not be a matter calling for government force. However, what if the neighbor is dumping waste oil on his property, and that poisons your well water? Both involve action on his property and both cause harm that occurs outside of his property. Does the poisoning of your drinking water rise to a level that does justify …

By Christopher Cook | November 9, 2015 | 3 Comments
Video: Techno-Abba Israeli Bikini Beach Flash Mob

Israelis, surrounded by people who want them dead and crave death themselves, are a people who love life!


By Christopher Cook | November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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This is a deeply disturbing read . . .

I’m a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. I am not a world-class teacher by any means, but I am conscientious; I attempt to put teaching ahead of research, and I take a healthy emotional stake in the …

By Christopher Cook | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In an excellent monograph titled “What Is Classical Liberalism?,” John C. Goodman sums up one of the salient differences between 19th century liberals (today called conservatives and libertarians) and 20th century liberals (a.k.a. progressives, statists, etc.), saying that

“the former believed in economic liberties and the latter did not. Twentieth century liberals believed that it is not a violation of any fundamental right for government to regulate where people work, when they …

By Christopher Cook | November 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Angel Flight Radio Tower Remix With Lyrics (Radney Foster)

Powerful and touching.

By Christopher Cook | October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The original creators of the concept of minimum wage laws were early 20th century progressives—the political ancestors of today’s American left and the Democratic Party. However, unlike today’s Democrats, the original architects of minimum wage laws had a very different objective in pushing for such laws. Simply put: they were racist eugenicists who wanted to use minimum wage laws to cause unemployment among black people, with the ultimate objective of reducing their access to jobs, and thus food, and thus, …

By Christopher Cook | October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Lessons for Today: Paul Harvey—The Testing Time, Part 3

Continuing from part 2 . . .

“That free men dragging their feet were outdistanced by slaves dragging their chains.” Great line, Mr. Harvey!

Storms will always be there. The question is, Will we hide from them or soar above them?

By Christopher Cook | October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Lessons for Today: Paul Harvey—The Testing Time, Part 2

Continuing from part 1 . . .

As we grow fatter and more entitled, we cede more power to government. But the bigger the government, the smaller the individual. They are inescapably inversely proportionate.

As government grows, so does the risk of the rise of a strongman, who promises to resolve the decay that government itself has produced. His solution, tragically, is even more government. Rome’s experiment in this ended in a thousand years of darkness.

What made America so great? Whatever it …

By Christopher Cook | October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Lessons for Today: Paul Harvey—The Testing Time, Part 1

It may seem like Paul Harvey is from a bygone time and his quietly forceful style has no place in our modern era of loudness and 142-character opinions.  But if you listen closely, you’ll hear that Harvey’s words contain wisdom and warning for us today.

War is always with us, and we weaken ourselves militarily at our great peril.

Taxation has always been with us, but if it goes too far, we will fall.

Empires have always risen and fallen, tumbling from their …