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 and He is currently the principal contributor to

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By Christopher Cook | October 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

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When you hear “human rights violations,” you probably picture horrible dictators running brutal regimes doing terrible things to a helpless and cowed populace. And you’d be right. But you don’t have to raze villages or impose jus primae noctis on the local serfs to violate human rights. In fact, the more you come to understand the concept of natural rights, the more you …

By Christopher Cook | October 23, 2014 | 2 Comments
Video: Dana Loesch gets the Founders RIGHT in her new book, “Hands Off My Gun”

Well, Dana Loesch is out with her new book on gun rights and, predictably, operatives of the left’s smear machine are savaging her. (Don’t you just love how when the targeted conservative is black, gay, or a woman, the left gets extra-vicious?)

Most of the attacks are ad hominem slurs, lightly smeared with historically ignorant quotations designed to give their “arguments” a patina of plausibility. Caleb Howe has done a good job of …

By Christopher Cook | October 22, 2014 | 2 Comments
natural rights

It has been said that it is not possible to enumerate all of our natural human rights, because they are theoretically without limit. David Boaz made a comment to that effect in “Libertarianism: A Primer.” Thomas Jefferson and the authors of the Declaration of Independence tipped their tricorne hats to this notion with open-ended phrase, “That among these . . .”

I emphatically agree that there is no theoretical limit to our rights. I disagree equally emphatically, …

By Christopher Cook | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Americans Have Become the Five Monkeys in a Cage

Not too long ago, I was thinking about a singularly depressing topic: How the Enlightenment-era concepts of natural rights, the state of nature, and the social contract have become all but unknown to most Americans.

These concepts undergirded the Founders’ thinking in nearly everything they created and bequeathed to us. In the Colonial era, this liberty-based philosophy was understood by the wealthiest Boston lawyer and the poorest farmer alike. But talk about them today and a lot of people will look …

By Christopher Cook | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Ronald Reagan Speaks Openly, Unabashedly, about God, Jesus, and the Bible

I have a simple question: will we ever hear a president talk like this again?

Whatever your beliefs, was it really so bad to have a president who was not afraid to talk about his?

By Christopher Cook | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Taxi Monopoly Cronyism vs. Uber and Lyft

A willing buyer of a service connects to a willing seller of a service via technology. No one’s rights are impacted or taken away.

There really shouldn’t be anything else to say, but in this world where few people understand the basics of human rights theory, there always is.

By Christopher Cook | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Bill Whittle Video: Stop Calling Yourselves Liberals.

Just stop.

By Christopher Cook | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Extremist Fred DuVal: 14-Year-Olds OK To Have Abortion Without Parental Consent

“It is both disturbing and troubling that Fred DuVal, as a father, would say that parents have no right to consent to what their children decide to do with their bodies. To actually say, ‘yeah,’ a 14-year-old girl should be able to get an abortion without parental consent is so far out of the mainstream, it is shocking. Years of polling demonstrate that Americans – Republican, Democrat and in-between – believe parents have …

By Christopher Cook | October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Fred DuVal Played Role in Release of Terrorists to Help Hillary Clinton

As Breitbart rightly points out, in addition to these facts speaking to Fred DuVal’s total unfitness for elective office, this also serves as “a reminder that the narrative of Hillary Clinton as stately grandma is far from the truth.”

Well said. Hillary Clinton is not an elder stateswoman. She is a venal political operator who has, on numerous occasions, put her own political advancement ahead of the welfare and safety of the American people.

In aiding …

By Christopher Cook | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: VIDEO—Sen. Pat Roberts: Valerie Jarrett Was Involved In IRS Scandal

Th IRS made war on the White House’s enemies. Should anyone be surprised that the attack orders came from the White House?

HT: Daily Caller