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 | November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: Sainsbury Christmas Video: The Christmas Truce of WWI. Wow!

The story of the Christmas Truce of World War One is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever heard. I get choked up even just thinking about it sometimes.

To actually see it dramatized . . . well, see for yourself. (Before you watch the video below, please understand: it’s a true story—it really happened.)

More info here.


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Reprint: Originally published on Jan 31, 2011

Part 3: Retailing ideas

We now return to our series on the myths and memes of income inequality: Here are the previous installments: Part 1, Part 2, Part 2a. As promised, I will now take a brief detour to discuss a little bit about style and approach when making and countering arguments in this arena, or in any arena.

When discussing economic issues, claims, and assertions, it’s easy to get into the weeds …

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Reprint: Originally published on Mar 23, 2011

Ever since Rep. Jan Schakowsky sponsored a bill to create a new tax bracket for millionaires and billionaires, a bill co-sponsored by Arizona Rep. Raul Grijavla, we’ve been looking at the philosophy and claims that undergird the impulse to create such a tax.

In the first installment, we demonstrated three things:

1. The United States already has the most progressive income tax in …

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Reprint: Originally published on Jan 27, 2011

Part 2A: No, the poor are NOT getting poorer.

Yesterday, in part 2 of our series on income inequality myths, we discussed one aspect of the left’s class-warfare argument usually expressed as “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.” Specifically, we excerpted vital data from a 2008 article by Brad Schiller that shows that the poor are manifestly NOT …

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A bit more on the Thanksgiving theme. We all stuff ourselves silly on Thanksgiving, which is part of the fun. (The layer of brown sugar, nuts, and streusel crumbs on our sweet potatoes was more than half an inch thick. Awesome!) But the reason for the day is, as the name suggests, being thankful for this great nation and the many glorious benefits bestowed upon us by a munificent God. Non-believers can be equally thankful for these same gifts, which …

By Christopher Cook | November 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, at the end of a day, I feel a bittersweet pang of gratitude for the fact that, flawed as I am, God has granted me another day to try to be better.

I received this poem via email from an acquaintance, and I thought it related. Happy Thanksgiving night, everyone.



By JohnHall

Is anybody happier because you passed this way?

Does anyone remember you spoke to him [her] today?

The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;

Is there anyone …

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Video: Video: Thanksgiving, Washington DC Style!

Uncle Betway brings home some unsavory characters.

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October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States
A Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of …

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New York, 3 October 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by …

By Christopher Cook | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Video: For Thanksgiving! Talk Back on Pie

This Freedom Foundation video takes on a subject that we have covered in these pages numerous times: the “fixed pie” or “zero sum game” fallacy. Essentially, this is the left’s contention—as seen in their statements and their policies—that available wealth is of a fixed amount, and that one person can only get rich at another’s expense.

Even if there weren’t an historical and economic record to prove …