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Ben Stein

Stein speaking at 2006 National Summit on Retirement Savings
Born Benjamin Jeremy Stein
November 25, 1944 (1944-11-25) (age 65)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Actor, writer, commentator, lawyer, teacher, humorist
Spouse(s) Alexandra Denman (1968-1974; 1977-present)
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Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning game show host.

Stein has frequently written commentaries on economic, political, and social issues, along with financial advice to individual investors. He is the son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein,[1] who worked at the White House under President Nixon. His sister, Rachel, is also a writer. He is well known for his dry, monotonous way of speaking.

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Biography

Early years

Stein was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Mildred (née Fishman), a homemaker, and Herbert Stein, a writer, economist, and presidential adviser.[2] He is Jewish and grew up in the Woodside Forest neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland. Stein graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1961 along with classmate journalist Carl Bernstein; actress Goldie Hawn (class of 1963) was two years behind. Actor Sylvester Stallone was a schoolmate at Montgomery Hills Junior High School.[3] He went on to major in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi society and the Philolexian Society. After graduating with honors from Columbia in 1966, Stein went to Yale Law School, graduating in June 1970. He says that he did not have the highest grades in his class at Yale, but was voted valedictorian by the students because he was most popular.[4]

Legal and academic career

Stein speaking at Miami University in 2003

He was first a poverty lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. before becoming a trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission.[5]

Stein's first teaching stint was as an adjunct professor, teaching about the political and social content of mass culture at American University in Washington, D.C., and then at University of California, Santa Cruz. He also held classes on political and civil rights from the United States Constitution at UC Santa Cruz. At Pepperdine University in Southern California, Stein taught libel law and United States securities law and its ethical aspects. He was a professor of law at Pepperdine University Law School, from about 1990 to 1997.[6]

In addition, Stein is very interested in American Civil War history, and is a strong supporter of the Civil War Preservation Trust.[citation needed]

Stein was the commencement speaker for the Liberty University 2009 graduation on Saturday, May 9, at Williams Stadium. [7] At this ceremony, the University awarded him an honorary degree. According to the school, Stein "delivered a message of creationism, patriotism and value for humanity to graduates and their families."[8]

Writing career

Stein writes frequently on a variety of topics, including politics, investing and economics. He writes a regular column in the conservative magazine The American Spectator. He has also written for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Penthouse, Los Angeles Magazine and Barron's Magazine, where his discussion of the Michael Milken Drexel Burnham Lambert junk bond situation, as well as the ethical dimensions of management buyouts, attracted heavy US national attention in the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed] He wrote a regular biweekly column for Yahoo! Finance online, with his last article dated August 7th, 2009. [9] His bestselling books (with investment advisor Phil DeMuth) include Yes, You Can Retire Comfortably, Can America Survive?, and Yes, You Can Time the Market. In 2009, he published a collection of essays, The Real Stars.

Stein was fired from his position as a Sunday Business columnist at the The New York Times in August 2009 due to a policy forbidding writers from performing product endorsements or advertising. Stein had recently become an advertising spokesperson for credit information company FreeScore.com, and according to a Times statement, had assumed there would be no conflict provided that he did not discuss credit scoring in general or FreeScore.com itself in his column. However, the publication felt that it would be inappropriate for him to write for them while he was involved in advertising, and terminated his contract.[10] Writing in The Spectator, Stein states his belief that the real reasons for his firing were budget cuts at the Times, his criticism of President Obama, and pressure from those critical of Expelled, who "bamboozled some of the high pooh-bahs at the Times into thinking there was a conflict of interest".[11]

Political career

Stein began his political career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, and later for President Gerald Ford. On May 3, 1976, Time magazine speculated on the possibility of Stein having actually been Deep Throat. Stein responded over the years by not only denying he was Deep Throat, but by going further and accusing journalist Bob Woodward of falsifying the famous secret source. In the May 14–21, 1998, edition of the Philadelphia City Paper Stein is quoted saying, "Oh, I don't think there was a Deep Throat. That was a fake. I think there were several different sources and some they just made up."[12] After Mark Felt's identity as Deep Throat was revealed, Stein stated that Richard Nixon would have prevented the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge if he had not been forced to resign. For his actions leading to that resignation, Stein said:

If there is such a thing as karma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life or the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide.[13]

In 2005, Stein said in the American Spectator:

Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?

Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.

That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton—a lying, conniving peacemaker.[14]

On June 24, 2008, Stein received the Freedom of Expression Award at the Entertainment Merchants Association’s Home Entertainment Awards for "his outspoken economic and political beliefs."[15]

Career in the media

I've said to my wife repeatedly, I just want on my gravestone, 'He loved dogs' and 'Bueller, Bueller.'
 
— Stein on the impact of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on his life.[16]

Stein became a Hollywood consultant before he moved into acting. His film career was launched by his performance as the monotonic economics teacher in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In one scene, he gives an unscripted economics lecture, relying on his own experience in economics. The topics covered in his lecture are the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 and the then-current debate over supply-side economics.[17] Stein decided to just run with it when the director told him to speak about something he knows well. The only scripted lines are those in which he calls attendance, repeating "Bueller?...Bueller?" in a monotone voice.

Stein played similarly bland and unemotional characters. He had a recurring role in the TV series The Wonder Years and played himself in Dave.

He also appeared in several television commercials, most notably for Clear Eyes throughout the 1990s and 2000s ("The difference is clear… Dry Eyes? Clear Eyes.")—many ads spoof movies of the day, such as one where Stein is a painter (a play on The Da Vinci Code). Stein's deadpan, monotone deliveries stand in stark contrast to the more typical enthusiasm of commercial personalities. Before this, he appeared for a Godfather's Pizza ad in 1987 and as a bland science teacher in a 1990 ad for Keebler Sprinkle Cookies.

In 1997 Stein was given his own game show by Comedy Central titled Win Ben Stein's Money along with co-host Jimmy Kimmel (replaced by Nancy Pimental and later by Sal Iacono). True to its name, the money that contestants won on the show was subtracted from the $5,000 Stein earned per episode (in addition to his salary). The show won five Daytime Emmy awards before ending its run in 2003.

In 1999, during the height of Win Ben Stein's Money's popularity, Comedy Central gave Stein another show, a talk show with celebrity guests entitled Turn Ben Stein On. One of the mainstays of the show was Stein's dog, Puppy Wuppy, who had free run of the set.

Other movies and television shows in which Ben Stein has appeared include: Charles in Charge, Seinfeld, Full House, Casper Meets Wendy, The Mask and its sequel, Son of the Mask as well as the TV show, The Mask: The Animated Series, Earthworm Jim (TV series), Star Search, MacGyver, Richie Rich, Game Show Moments Gone Bananas, Cavuto on Business, The O'Reilly Factor, CBS News Sunday Morning, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Family Guy, Fairly Odd Parents, Duckman, Married...With Children, and the intelligent design vs. evolution documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.[18]

In addition, Stein's voice roles include The Pixies, magical creatures on the animated series The Fairly OddParents, Mr. Purutu on the animated Series The Emperor's New School, Professor Wisenstein in Bruno the Kid, the birthday party clown on "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and Pip on Animaniacs. Stein also voiced a psychiatrist, again named after himself, in the USA TV series Duckman; he once appeared in the sitcom Married with Children as a receptionist in the animal afterlife. He also made a cameo appearance in the comic book Young Justice; as Ali Ben Styn. Another cameo appearance was in the Family Guy episode When You Wish Upon a Weinstein. Stein also voiced the character Sam Schmaltz in the 1996 computer adventure game Toonstruck.

In addition, Stein has written for the television industry. He is noted for his outlines for the TV movie Murder in Mississippi and for the lengthy ABC miniseries Amerika. He has also contributed to the creation of the well-liked TV comedy Fernwood 2-Night.

Ben Stein hosted a show on VH1 called America's Most Smartest Model.[19] The show aimed to find the smartest among fourteen models through a series of challenges.[20]

On May 14, 2006, during an appearance on the Fox News program Your World with Neil Cavuto, Stein called for a tax increase of 3.5% for wealthy Americans, to be earmarked for soldiers and military initiatives. Indeed, Stein wrote an editorial for The New York Times critical of those who would rather make money in the world of finance than fight terrorism.[21]

On December 28, 2009; Stein appeared on CNN's Larry King Live with Dr. Ron Paul to discuss the attempted bombing of an American plane on Christmas Day 2009. Stein said that Dr. Paul's stance that the United States were "occupiers" in Iraq and Afghanistan "is the same anti-Semitic argument we've heard over and over again."[22] The comment started a shouting match between the two men and prompted anger from Dr. Paul's supporters and those who believe Stein went too far in calling Paul's argument anti-Semitic.[23] Stein issued an apology on December 30, 2009.[24]

He is an occasional political and economics commentator on CNBC's Kudlow & Company.

Financial advice prior to 2008 stock market crash

On March 18, 2007, in a column for CBS News online version of CBS News Sunday Morning, Stein famously proclaimed in the beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis that the foreclosure problem would "blow over and the people who buy now, in due time, will be glad they did," the economy was "still very strong," and the "smart money" was "now trying to buy — not sell — as much distressed merchandise" in mortgages as possible.[25]

On August 18, 2007, on Fox News Channel's Cavuto on Business, Stein appeared with other financial experts dismissing worries of a coming credit crunch[26]. The lone dissenter was Peter Schiff, who predicted that the mortgage sector would create a crisis leading to massive recession, a view that produced laughter from the other experts. Stein strongly recommended investing in then-troubled financial institutions[26].

Ben Stein: The credit crunch is way overblown. The [financial institutions] are being given away; they're so unbelievably cheap...The subprime problem is a problem, but it's a tiny problem in the context of this economy...It's a buying opportunity, especially for the financials, maybe like I've never seen before in my entire life.

[...]

Peter Schiff: This is just getting started. It's not just subprimes. This is a problem for the entire mortgage industry. It's not just people with bad credit that committed to mortgages they couldn't afford. It's not just people with bad credit who are going to see their home equity vanish... This is going to be an enormous credit crunch...

Neil Cavuto: You must be a laugh-riot at parties.

(LAUGHTER)

[...]

Ben Stein: ...subprime is tiny. Subprime is a tiny, tiny blip.

Peter Schiff: It's not tiny. And again, it's not just subprime. It's the entire mortgage market.

Ben Stein: You're simply wrong about that... Defaults for the whole mortgage market are tiny.

[...]

Ben Stein: I think stocks will be a heck of a lot higher a year from now than they are now.

A year and a month later, in the Global Financial Crisis of September 2008, global stock markets crashed, Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the US government, AIG was bailed out by the Federal Reserve, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America Corporation, and Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs confirmed that they would become traditional bank holding companies.

In a Yahoo! Finance article written on October 17, 2008, Stein explained that his understanding of the debt obligations based on real estate loans was less than the "staggeringly large" amount of obligations that were created through trade in derviatives of those, and so why it wasn't as similar to collapse of junk bond empire in early 1990s as he'd thought it would be: "Where I missed the boat was not realizing how large were the CDS based on the junk mortgage bonds."[27]

Political views

Abortion

Stein is a pro-life activist and was given a Pro-Life Award in 2003 by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.[28]

Larry Craig scandal

In 2007, Stein chastised the police and the GOP leadership for their response to the Larry Craig scandal. Stein said that Craig's sexuality should not be an issue: "A party that believes in individual rights should be rallying to his defense, not making him walk the plank."[29]

Tax code

Though often labeled as a political and economic conservative, Stein has criticized the U.S. tax code for being too lenient on the wealthy. He has repeated the observation made by Warren Buffett, one of the richest individuals in the world (who pays mostly capital gains tax), that Buffett pays a lower overall tax rate than his secretaries (who pay income taxes). Stein has advocated increasing taxation on the wealthy.[30]

Other

Quite notably Ben Stein endorsed Democrat Al Franken in the 2008 Minnesota Senate race, calling him an "impressive guy".[31]

Invesco Field controversy

Stein drew fire for a 2008 interview with Glenn Beck in which Stein compared U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign rally at Invesco Field to Adolf Hitler's Nazi rallies at Nuremberg.[32] The Economist called Stein's invocation of Nazism an intentional use of logical fallacy to distract from the campaign. [33]

Views on evolution and science

Stein has publicly denounced the theory of evolution, which he and other intelligent design advocates term "Darwinism," declaring it to be "a painful, bloody chapter in the history of ideologies," "the most compelling argument yet for Imperialism," and the inspiration for the Holocaust.[34][35] Stein does not say belief in the theory of evolution alone leads to genocide, but that scientific materialism is a necessary component.[36] He co-wrote and stars in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a film that aims to persuade viewers that the theory of evolution was instrumental to the rise of the eugenics movement, Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust, and portrays advocates of intelligent design as victims of intellectual discrimination by the scientific community, which has rejected intelligent design as creationist pseudoscience.[37][38][39]

The general media response to the film has been largely unfavorable. It received a 10% meta-score from Rotten Tomatoes. Multiple reviews, including those of USA Today and Scientific American, have described the film as propaganda.[37][38][39] The Chicago Tribune's rating was "1 star (poor),"[40] while the New York Times described it as "a conspiracy-theory rant masquerading as investigative inquiry" and "an unprincipled propaganda piece that insults believers and nonbelievers alike."[38] Noted evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who appeared in the film, has strongly criticised Stein's film in an open letter on his website.[41]

In a Trinity Broadcasting Network interview with Paul Crouch Jr. regarding Stein's movie,[42] Stein made the following statement about science and religion:

Stein: When we just saw that man, I think it was Mr. Myers, talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed … that was horrifying beyond words, and that’s where science — in my opinion, this is just an opinion — that’s where science leads you.

Crouch: That’s right.

Stein: …Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.

Crouch: Good word, good word.

Due in part to the notoriety he received for a talk he gave on economics at the University of Vermont, Stein was invited to be the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2009. After the announcement, university president, Dan Fogel, notified Stein that a number of people had complained about Stein speaking at the commencement and receiving an honorary degree from the school, so that when he came he "would not be blindsided". The complaints were because his views of science were "affronts to the basic tenets of the academy." Due to the furor, Stein declined his commencement invitation.

Personal life

Stein is twice married to entertainment lawyer Alexandra Denman, with whom he has an adopted son.[1] He lives with Denman in Beverly Hills and Malibu, California.[43][44] Stein also has a summer home in Sandpoint, Idaho.[45] Stein also owns an apartment in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC, which he inherited from his parents. [46]

Bibliography

Stein's book titles to date (7 fiction, 21 nonfiction) include:

Year Title Publisher ISBN
1978
On the Brink: A Novel (coauthor: Herbert Stein) Ballantine Books 0-345-27650-7
1978 Dreemz (hardcover: California Dreemz) Ballantine Books 0-345-28156-X
1979 The View from Sunset Boulevard: America as brought to you by the people who make television
1982 Ludes
1985 Financial Passages
1986 Her Only Sin 0-312-90636-6
1988 Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights: the Diary of a Mad Screenwriter
1992 A License to Steal: the Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation 0-671-74272-8
2002 How to Ruin Your Life 1-56170-974-3
2003 How to Ruin Your Love Life 1-4019-0240-5
2004 How to Ruin Your Financial Life 1-4019-0241-3
Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It 1-4019-0333-9
2005 Yes, You Can Be a Successful Income Investor: Reaching for Yield in Today's Market 1-4019-0319-3
Yes, You Can Still Retire Comfortably: The Baby-Boom Retirement Crisis and how to Beat It 1-4019-0318-5
2006 How Successful People Win: Using "Bunkhouse Logic" to Get What You Want in Life 1-56170-975-1
2007 The Real Stars: In Today's America, Who Are the True Heroes? New Beginnings Press 1-40191-144-7
2008 How to Ruin the United States of America 1-40191-869-7

References

  1. ^ a b IMDB: Ben Stein bio
  2. ^ "Ben Stein Biography (1944-)". filmreference.com. NetIndustries, LLC. http://www.filmreference.com/film/41/Ben-Stein.html. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  3. ^ Ben Stein Also Sings - Time magazine
  4. ^ CNN.com - Transcripts
  5. ^ JD Journal: "Winning Thoughts from Ben Stein"
  6. ^ Ben Stein's official biography
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=8025
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ Interview by Brian Howard: "20 Questions: Ben Stein" Philadelphia City Paper May, 1998
  13. ^ Stein, Ben: "Deep Throat and Genocide", "The American Spectator", June 1, 2005
  14. ^ http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8242 Deep Throat and Genocide
  15. ^ Lee, Grace (June 10th, 2008). "This Time Ben Stein Wins!". http://www.homemediaexpo.com/hmexpo/v42/press.cvn?id=11&p_id=23. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  16. ^ Chaney, Jen: "'Bueller, Bueller' Edition Almost Saves 'Ferris'", "The Washington Post", January 10, 2006
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0104807/quotes
  18. ^ Expelled Press Release
  19. ^ "America's Most Smartest Model" (2007)
  20. ^ reality blurred + VH1 plans America's Most Smartest Model, The Salt-N-Pepa Show, Danny Bonaduce's Child Star, and Click!
  21. ^ Stein, Ben: "Looking for the Will Beyond the Battlefield", "New York Times", August 20, 2006
  22. ^ Ben Stein says Ron Paul uses anti-semetic arguments "The New American", December 29, 2009
  23. ^ Win Ben Stein's Apology "Young Americans for Liberty", December 29, 2009
  24. ^ A Ron Paul Moment "The American Spectator" December 30, 2009
  25. ^ Stein, Ben:"Ben Stein Says Economy Is Fine, Says Don't Worry About Foreclosure Blues, The Mortgage Market Is Robust","CBS News", March 18, 2007
  26. ^ a b "Fox News recap Aug. 18, 2007", http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293819,00.html
  27. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/yourlife/115733
  28. ^ Richard Kimble, "Tenth Annual Proudly Pro-Life Awards Dinner Provides a Powerful Testimony for Life"
  29. ^ Ben Stein Says Craig Was Lynched Twice CBS News
  30. ^ Stein, Ben. In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning. New York Times. November 26, 2006.
  31. ^ [5]
  32. ^ Media Matters, "Stein on Obama's convention speech"
  33. ^ "The truth". The Economist. October 16, 2007. http://www.economist.com/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=9645274. 
  34. ^ "Better Than We Deserve," American Spectator 2007 Dec.
  35. ^ Rennie, John. "Ben Stein's Expelled: No Integrity Displayed". Scientific American. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=ben-steins-expelled-review-john-rennie. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  36. ^ "Ben Stein's Diary #60: From Boston To Berlin," American Spectator 2007 Sep., [6]
  37. ^ a b "This is propaganda, a political rant disguised as a serious commentary on stifled freedom of inquiry." Claudia Puig (April 18, 2008). "Also opening: 'Bin Laden,' 'Intelligence,' 'Forbidden Kingdom'". USA Today.com. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2008-04-17-also-opening_N.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  38. ^ a b c Catsoulis, Jeannette (2008-04-18). "Resentment Over Darwin Evolves Into a Documentary". New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/movies/18expe.html?ref=movies. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  39. ^ a b Shermer, Michael (2008-04-09). "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed--Ben Stein Launches a Science-free Attack on Darwin". Scientific American. http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=ben-steins-expelled-review-michael-shermer. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  40. ^ Roger, Moore. "'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed' (Ben Stein monkeys with evolution)". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/chi-18-expelled-review,1,6127461.story. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  41. ^ "'Open Letter to a victim of Ben Stein's lying propaganda' by Richard Dawkins". richarddawkins.net. http://richarddawkins.net/article,2488,Open-Letter-to-a-victim-of-Ben-Steins-lying-propaganda,Richard-Dawkins. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  42. ^ Science Equals Murder (article at National Review Online)
  43. ^ "Ben Stein". MySpace. 2008. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=93744710. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  44. ^ Stein, Ben (2005-06-01). "Ben Stein". The American Spectator. http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=8242. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  45. ^ Stein, Ben: [7] American Spectator, June 1, 2004, "Happy Bush Country"
  46. ^ Stein, Ben: [8] Washingtonian, January 1, 2009, "Home Sweet Home"

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pat Sajak
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host
1999
with Jimmy Kimmel
Succeeded by
Bob Barker and Tom Bergeron

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born 1944-11-25 in Washington, D.C.) is an American lawyer, economist, law professor, actor, comedian, author and former White House speechwriter. He is best known as host of the Comedy Central game show Win Ben Stein's Money, his deadpan portrayal of the history teacher in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and as spokesman for Clear Eyes brand eye drops. He has recently gained notoriety as the star of the controversial intelligent design film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

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  • For any exam in history, here is the answer: all human history is the struggle between systems that attempt to shackle the human personality in the name of some intangible good on the one hand and systems that enable and expand the scope of human personality in the pursuit of extremely tangible aims. The American system is the most successful in the world because it harmonizes best with the aims and longings of human personality while allowing the best protection to other personalities.
  • In today’s world, at least in America, an Einstein or a Newton or a Galileo would probably not be allowed to receive grants to study or to publish his research. They cannot even mention the possibility that–as Newton or Galileo believed–these laws were created by God or a higher being. They could get fired, lose tenure, have their grants cut off. This can happen. It has happened.
  • Darwinism is still very much alive, utterly dominating biology. Despite the fact that no one has ever been able to prove the creation of a single distinct species by Darwinist means, Darwinism dominates the academy and the media.
  • [The] Third [problem with Darwinism], which I think is overwhelming, and just sort of blows the whole theory of Random Mutation out of the water, is, at least, let me say, raises big questions, that is. Assuming it all did happen by Random Mutation and Natural Selection, where did the laws of gravity come from. Where did the laws of thermodynamics come from? Where did the laws of motion and, of heat come from? Where, I guess that's the same as thermodynamics. Where did all these laws, that make it possible for the universe to function, where did they all come from? Why isn't all just chaos and everything collapsing in on itself and killing everything?
  • Evolutionism, as taught by Darwinism, has nothing - nothing - to say about how life originated. Has nothing to say about how the governing principles in the universe - gravity, thermodynamics, motion, fluid motion - how any of those originated. It's...it's got some gigantic missing pieces.
  • We believe that Darwinism is the real Orthodox Church, because Darwinism asks you to believe in things unseen that are incredibly unlikely. Darwinism asks us to believe that out of pure random chance, we got a cell that is as complicated as a Boeing 777. Darwinism asks us to believe that one day there was nothing but mud and ooze, and the next day there was life, and very soon after there was intelligent life. Darwinism asks us to believe that you can destroy genetic material through random mutation and natural selection and yet end up with more genetic material. We don't really ask you to believe anything that difficult; it is sort of innate in mankind to believe that there is a God, a heavenly Father and we're asking you to just follow the consequences of that and see if possibly there could be some scientific validity to that.
  • My feeling is that Darwinism is only at best a partial solution, and an extremely dangerous partial solution. I would say, based on the little I know, Darwinism explains microevolution within species quite well. As to its broader consequence and implications, I don't think it explains individual species evolution at all well.
  • And for me, it's pretty clear-cut that until we learn some better explanation for how life began, there is a God who always existed and created the heavens and the earth. And until somebody gives me a better explanation, I'll go for it. And it doesn't scare me at all when scientists say, "Oh, but that can't be proved," because neither can any of the Darwinian hypotheses about how life began be proved. Anyway, I couldn't give a [profanity] whether a person calls himself a scientist. It doesn't earn any extra respect from me, because it's not as if science has covered itself with glory, morally, in my time. Scientists were the people in Germany telling Hitler that it was a good idea to kill all the Jews. Scientists were telling Stalin it was a good idea to wipe out the middle-class peasants. Scientists were telling Mao Tse-Tung it was fine to kill 50 million people in order to further the revolution.
  • I'm still not that familiar with it [Intelligent Design]. I'm more familiar with it than most people, but nowhere near as familiar with it as a genuine expert in the subject. I don't pretend to be a scientist. I'm the person who moderates the discussion between and among the scientists.
  • [I did] Some [reading to prep for Expelled]. I read one book cover to cover, From Darwin to Hitler, and that was a very interesting book--one of these rare books I wish had been even longer. It's about how Darwin's theory--supposedly concocted by this mild-mannered saintly man, with a flowing white beard like Santa Claus--led to the murder of millions of innocent people.
  • Yes, it [making Expelled] has made my belief in that [Intelligent Design] much stronger. It has pointed out something which haunted me ever since I learned about Darwinism, which is, Where did it all start? How did life start? Darwinism has nothing to say about that--nothing useful, anyway--but I think Intelligent Design has a great deal to say about it.
  • I went in thinking: ‘I’m not going to find out that Darwinism is a fraud. I’ll probably find out these (intelligent design proponents) are frauds.’ But I wound up knowing a lot more than when I started. I learned that Darwinism is being overhyped, and that it doesn’t really convey what’s going on. Sometimes if you follow a ‘truth’ far enough, it becomes a lie.
  • Yes, [I spent] two long years, traveling all over the United States, all over Europe, interviewing many, many, many people who had been thrown out of their academic jobs because they taught that there was a possibility of life coming from something other than Darwinism, who thought that possibly random selection and mutations didn't account for the universe, didn't account for gravity, didn't account for why nobody had ever seen an individual species evolve -- no one's ever seen an individual species evolve!"
  • You can only say Darwinian causes -- random mutation, natural selection -- even gravity is supposed to be done by that! And I would say to these people, well, how did life begin? We don't know, but it had to be by Darwinian means. Well, how did gravity begin? We don't know, but it had to be by Darwinian means. Why did it have to be that way? Why couldn't there have been an intelligent designer?

(About the point of Expelled): "There's no evidence whatsoever that Darwin had anything useful to say or anything to say period about how life began or how the universe began or how gravity began or how physics began or fluid motion or how thermodynamics began. He had nothing to say about that whatsoever." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYL9uuqgwpw

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  • Bueller... Bueller...

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Ben Stein

Ben Stein (November 25, 1944) is an American attorney, political consultant, writer, actor, comedian, and TV personality.

He was a lawyer, then speech writer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He went into show business helping some liberal writers write accurate portrayals of conservatives for a TV show. He soon turned to acting, he landed his most famous role as a boring teacher in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He was also the main person in the 2008 movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. His nerdy appearance and dead-pan manner have made him a popular fixture on movies and TV till this day, from 1997 to 2003 he had his own game show, Win Ben Stein's Money, he also wrote many books, had articles that appeared in popular magazines and newspapers. He is also spokesperson for a product named "Clear Eyes".

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