This is a big weekend for historic births and essential Americans. On this day in 1807, an American farm boy named Robert Fulton changed the world as thoroughly as the Wright Brothers would a century later by sailing, nay steaming his Clermont (aka North River) from Greenwich Village to Albany and back again. Bystanders were [...]

This is my end-of-year review of the best books I read this year.  They weren’t all published in 2013 (though some were), nor are they everything I read in 2013; but I did read them in 2013 and hope you will read them in 2014. Moreover, I am leaving out the Bible, which is obviously [...]


Forbes Magazine By Eric Jackson & Rod Martin August 15, 2013 The Steve Jobs biopic (Jobs) premiers August 16th, lionizing the late Apple CEO, who revolutionized every field he touched, founded the legendary Apple Computer, and made it the most valuable company in history. But Jobs’ legacy would be very different without one man:  Gilbert [...]

I have not entitled this op-ed “What the Election Meant”.  That might be a bit grandiose for the day after.  But November 6, 2012 definitely taught us some things we must not ignore. First and possibly foremost, stuff happens. In this case it was a hurricane.  Sandy kept Mitt Romney off TV for five crucial [...]

The Golden Age Upon Us

by Rod D. Martin on 4 November 2012

The following is the op-ed I had ready to go in case of a Romney win.  The problem with that statement, of course, is that “in case of” meant “when”, as, like nearly everyone on our side, I was pretty darn certain of victory.  So we intended for this to run on Election Day or [...]

In January 2008 alone, a man who’d held federal office for barely three years and who was considered by virtually everyone to be the underdog for his party’s nomination raised $36 million.  46% of that record haul came from small, individual donors through the internet.  It was three times the take of his party’s frontrunner [...]

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

by Rod D. Martin on 5 October 2011

The world has been changed many times over by the brilliance of Steve Jobs.  I could not begin in these short moments after his death to estimate his impact on me and mine.  But a few thoughts deserve jotting down. I first encountered Jobs in the pages of Fortune magazine, in 1982, wherein I first [...]

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If you think the Internet revolution encompasses only areas like business, advertising, publishing and entertainment, you are sorely mistaken. In less than a decade, starting from nearly nothing, left-wing powerhouse created a force that can put a million volunteers on the ground, can raise $30 million in small donor contributions every cycle (several times [...]

The Examiner

Technological change is accelerating at an accelerating rate. It’s hard for even the greatest technologists to keep up, much less analyze the societal implications of their work. So where are we headed? Here are four of the trends you most need to watch. » Adult stem cells: While all media and political attention seems focused [...]

“America has no shortage of oil… Washington, DC has a shortage of the political will required to let American workers go get it.” – Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) With oil prices reaching record levels, the left is up to its old tricks, blaming the President and calling for lots of expensive big government “solutions”. As [...]

World Magazine

How many problems does it take for “one of the most sophisticated systems ever produced by man” to become just another white elephant? A lot of people have been asking that about the Space Shuttle lately.  But the Space Shuttle’s downward spiral started long, long ago.  In fact, it started in the Nixon Administration. In [...]

Last week — March 23 — marked the twenty-first anniversary of the announcement of Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) to defend America from a missile attack. For everyone who sees missile defense as a moral and strategic imperative, it’s been a happy anniversary indeed. The reason? Thanks to President Bush, this is the year [...]

And Now For the Good News

by Rod D. Martin on 27 February 2004

Some folks, it seems, just never learn. Especially doom-and-gloomers. In 1980, the late economist Julian Simon made a bet with Paul Ehrlich, author of the best-selling 1968 book, The Population Bomb. The bet concerned commodity prices and was intended to illustrate a point. Simon wagered prices would fall; Ehrlich said they would rise. Both men agreed that higher [...]

New Worlds

by Rod D. Martin on 16 January 2004

Historians sometimes ask themselves questions like “How must Queen Isabella have felt when she finally gave permission for Columbus to sail to the New World?” Maybe someday they will ask the same of George W. Bush. Bush’s vision, announced this Wednesday to an overflow crowd at NASA headquarters, is a vow to expand “human presence [...]