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Affluent Investor | June 27, 2017

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AboutRod D. Martin, Author at Affluent Investor

Rod D. Martin

Rod D. Martin

Rod D. Martin, founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, is a technology entrepreneur, futurist, hedge fund manager, and professor. Fox Business News calls him a “tech guru”, Britain’s Guardian labeled him a “philosopher-capitalist”, and Gawker describes him as a “brilliant nonconformist.” He was a senior member of PayPal's pre-IPO startup team and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy.

Posts By Rod D. Martin

May 19, 2017 |

Open Letter From Conservative Leaders: Military Readiness vs. Transgender Politics

Conservative leaders strongly support the principle of peace through strength and therefore the need for immediate action to return the priority of the Department of Defense to restoring America’s military readiness and ending costly and distracting social engineering.

President Trump … Read More

May 10, 2017 |

Should Southern Baptists Abolish Their Political Mouthpiece?

Southern Baptists are upset at one another again, this time due to radically differing views of the decisions of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore.

Moore came into office as an almost universally popular choice. Things have … Read More

April 18, 2017 |

How Much Bible Reading Does it Take To Change Behavior? The Stats Say…

A major study has found that reading the Bible four days or more per week greatly affects the behavior of the reader. But the bad news for Sunday Christians is, reading the Bible three days a week … Read More

April 6, 2017 |

From Deists to Computer Simulationists: Elon Musk Sparks a New-Old Debate

Elon Musk has been much in the news of late. From reusable rockets that promise to reduce the cost of space travel more than 200-fold and settle a million people on Mars, to his revolutionary electric car company that already … Read More

March 27, 2017 |

The Bible Speaks to Trump’s Immigration Policies, and Not in the Way Many Christian Leaders Claim


As Donald Trump – keeping his most central campaign promise – has forced immigration and refugee resettlement to the center of debate, Christians have had a lot to say. Most support the President’s plans, particularly his temporary order … Read More

February 9, 2017 |

Rethinking Immigration

I have always been pro-immigration — very pro-immigration — while of course being very much opposed to the illegal variety. But even before Paris and the ensuing refugee debate, I have been thinking, gradually, for some time now, that we in … Read More

December 27, 2016 |

Why Charlie Brown is Wrong About Christmas

In the perfectly delightful A Charlie Brown Christmas, perhaps the most Christian 25 minutes of television ever (and not only because of Linus’s wonderful presentation of Luke chapter 2), everyone’s favorite Round Headed Kid unendingly decries the “commercialism” of Christmas.

And … Read More

December 7, 2016 |

Fight For $15 Produces a Wave of Job-Replacing Kiosks

Just as I’ve warned you — over and over — the agitators trying to raise the minimum wage to a ludicrous $15 an hour have torched the very people they claim to represent.

Those people got greedy. And their greed … Read More

November 29, 2016 |

Are “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” Christian?

In its most famous passage, America’s founding document asserts that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, … Read More

November 16, 2016 |

Results, Riots, Rigging, and More

On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, along with Senate and House majorities, and absolute blowout numbers at the state level all across America. He defeated the most corrupt candidate in American history, … Read More

October 31, 2016 |

The Religious Liberty Election

A few weeks ago, in an article entitled “Banning Preaching”, I told you about the unelected Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which in July decided that no pastor may preach any sermon, in any service “open to the public”, which might … Read More

October 25, 2016 |

Six Centuries From Agincourt

Today in 1415 on this, St. Crispin’s Day, King Henry V triumphed at Agincourt. The battle is one of the defining moments in the history of the English-speaking peoples. It is a victory like unto Marathon or Arbela; or … Read More

October 24, 2016 |

How to Have (Almost) Fool-Proof Ballot Security

Donald Trump just made voter fraud a bigger issue than any time since Al Gore threw the country into turmoil over the 2000 election.

Trump said he’d “wait and see” whether he accepted the outcome without a challenge. Instantly, the Democrat-NeverTrump Axis … Read More

October 11, 2016 |

Trump’s Death & Resurrection


Friday, Donald Trump imploded in scandal and was widely pronounced dead. Sunday night, a smug Hillary Clinton was nuked by that same dead man.

It was, in Pastor Jim Garlow’s words, as though Trump was buried on Friday, and … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

6 Things the Media Isn’t Saying About the Debate

1. Last night proved what I thought: both Trump AND Hillary are bad debaters. But there’s a difference.

Donald Trump is new at this. He’s not a politician, he’s not a wonk, and he’s not a lawyer. The past month … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

Cruz Endorsed Trump!

So he finally did it. Over the weekend, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for President.

In a public post, the Texas Senator and conservative lion wrote:

“In Cleveland, I urged voters, ‘please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Seven Principles for Deciding Who to Vote For

This year – like every year – we are faced with imperfect candidates between whom we must choose.

As I write this, the context is Donald Trump, whom many conservatives find appalling, and against whom I fought in the … Read More

August 18, 2016 |

Is The Left Starting to Ban Preaching?

You’ve probably never heard of the unelected Iowa Civil Rights Commission. But just before last month’s Republican National Convention, it announced that Iowa pastors may not preach any sermon in a service “open to the public” which might cause any … Read More

July 29, 2016 |

Trump to NATO: Stop the Freeloading!

So Donald Trump had the temerity to question our disproportionate funding of NATO again. And everyone’s going bonkers.

The Newsmax headline (and Newsmax tends to be pretty pro-Trump) reads: “Trump: Can’t Go Into World War III for NATO Allies Who … Read More

July 27, 2016 |

RNC Wrap-Up, TrumpTed, Dem Disarray, Why We Fight, and More

This week we’re going to sum up the Republican National Convention, which surprised in many, many ways; and take a look forward at the Democrats and beyond. Whatever differences Republicans have with each other just now, the difference between these … Read More

July 19, 2016 |

Inside the RNC, Nice, Dallas, and More

The following article was written on Friday, July 15th.

Dear Friends,

I had finished this letter and was ready to put it (and myself) to bed, when I got the news of the Nice terror attacks.

84 more people are … Read More

July 15, 2016 |

#FreeTheDelegates Is A Singularly Awful Idea

Our #NeverTrump friends are plotting a coup here in Cleveland, whereby all delegates would be freed to vote however they wish not on the second ballot, but on the first.

I call this a coup – as they do – … Read More

June 30, 2016 |

Brexit Perspective, the Trump Meeting, and More

A Note From Rod

Dear Friends,

As you know, I haven’t written for the past three weeks (largely due to travel), and I just can’t tell you how grateful I am for all of the incredibly kind comments I’ve received … Read More

June 13, 2016 |

Why I’m Meeting With Donald Trump

As you have probably read by now, Donald Trump has invited a number of Evangelical leaders to meet with him in New York shortly after the Southern Baptist Convention. Among the organizers of this conversation are many good friends of … Read More

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