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 | January 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

De Blasio picking up where Bloomberg left off. (Don’t look at us, New York—you’re the ones who keep elected these clowns!):

Enjoy your takeout while you can, New York.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration announced on Thursday that the city will ban polystyrene foam, effective July 1.

Polystyrene foam is used in products such as packing peanuts and containers for takeout food and drink.

By Christopher Cook | January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Dad knocks out young punk who insulted his wife and daughters

This has already gone viral, but in case you’ve missed it, it is a must-see, for several reasons:

First, if you are a young, drunk punk, maybe think about showing a little more respect. It might keep you from getting your brains scrambled, or worse. Maybe—and here’s a novel thought—think about not getting so drunk in the first place. Or ask yourself why it is that when you get drunk and your inhibitions are released, you feel the need to do stuff like this.

Second, …

By Christopher Cook | January 24, 2015 | 7 Comments
Video: Video: You Won’t Believe What Lena Dunham Says to Adam Sandler About His Dead Friend Chris Farley!

Lena Dunham has made a cargo cult out of being insecure and compulsive—justifying her pathetic behavior by constant references to the bugbears of her drug-addled and seemingly endless adolescence. Only in today’s America could a person make such a lucrative career out of being so mentally, personally, and sexually dysfunctional.

And, of course, only if that person is on the political left. A conservative as emotionally stunted—who took as much perverse pleasure out of being so utterly befuddled—would be beaten out of the public …

By Christopher Cook | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Secretive Government Operation Tries to Shut Down Gun Stores

Here is the way the left operates. One they discover that they are unable to get what they want through the elected representatives of the people, the essentially start cheating: Using executive orders, rules from unelected bureaucrats, rulings from unelected judges, and bureaucratic coercion of third parties in order to get what they want. De Tocqueville warned us almost 200 years ago that this would happen. He called it “administrative despotism” and his warning was shockingly prescient.

Operation Choke Point: “One …

By Christopher Cook | January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Western Civilization is continuing its slow surrender, but this is a particularly egregious capitulation:

More from the Washington Times:

The largest university press in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or pork in their books to avoid offending Muslims and Jews.

Oxford University Press (OUP) explained that their books must take into consideration other cultures of the world and must avoid mentioning pigs or “anything else which could be perceived as pork,” …

By Christopher Cook | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Why surprising?

Well, the first thing that jumps out is that Mitt Romney is more conservative than Rick Santorum (or at least he is deemed so by this ranking system). That would come as a shock to many.

Then there’s the notion that four potential Republican candidates (Christie, Huntsman, Bush, Snyder) are closer to the center than any of the potential Democrat candidates. That would come as a surprise to many who are led to believe that Republicans are so radical and Democrats …

By Christopher Cook | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Video: Video: Democrats in Government Intentionally Perpetrated the Low-fat Lie

My piece New Research: Was the Low-Fat Diet Craze Completely Wrong? generated a fair amount of discussion on Facebook. One of the primary points of discussion was the fact that the law-fat diet craze was given official imprimatur—and pushed fairly hard—by government. First, by elected officials like George McGovern, and later by bureaucracies like the USDA. In doing so, they

A) gave the patina of authority to what …

By Christopher Cook | January 20, 2015 | 83 Comments

An open letter to all conservative and Republican pundits and activists . . .

Those who follow politics closely are doubtless aware that every presidential election seems to start earlier than the last. Speculation on future candidates is an ongoing sport, of course, but the announcements, exploratory committees, and commencement of actual campaigning seem to come earlier and earlier each time. Even now, just a couple of months after the 2014 midterm election, the process is beginning. That is why we need to have …