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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 5, 2016 |

Can Trump Win? Yes, If…

So can Donald Trump win in November? Throughout the campaign, “answers” to that question has been slathered in propaganda. To Trump supporters, their man can do no wrong. To Cruz supporters (and non-Cruz #NeverTrump types as well), Trump is the devil, … Read More

May 2, 2016 |

Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, and What Socialism Has Already Cost Us

Elon Musk is famously a Democrat. He might not appreciate some of what I’m about to say.

But he above all others knows it’s true.

Elon just announced he’s going to Mars within 10 years. This isn’t one of … Read More

April 28, 2016 |

Open Letter: Stop Modern Slavery!

Open Letter From Conservative Leaders Congress Must Demand that Laws to Halt Modern Slavery Be Enforced and Uphold the Principle That Government Action Should Protect Life

All people of good will believe that sex trafficking, forced labor, and other … Read More

April 22, 2016 |

New York Update

My quick take on last night’s New York primary, and the aftermath.

On the Republican side, Trump won big on home turf, but he won bigger behind the scenes, where he shook up his campaign staff and brought in … Read More

March 14, 2016 |

What’s Really Wrong With Evangelicals?

In the February 29 edition of the Washington Post, ERLC President Russell Moore laments that he now “hates the word evangelical.” In particular, he attacks pastors such as First Baptist Dallas’ Robert Jeffress (though only by implication) for their support … Read More

March 9, 2016 |

Why Ted and Not Trump?

A good friend asked me today why she should vote for Cruz rather than Trump. So I told her.

I am not yet of the opinion that Trump is evil (as some are). But he is absolutely not our best pick. … Read More

March 4, 2016 |

The Wealthy: The Most Difficult Unreached People Group

Matthew 19:24 is a hard passage. Most pastors get it right, explaining that when Jesus says “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of … Read More

February 15, 2016 |

Margaret Thatcher: Christianity and Wealth

ivered to the assembly of the Church of Scotland by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, May 21, 1988.

Perhaps it would be best if I began by speaking personally as a Christian, as well as a politician, about the way I … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Poll: 81% Want Severe Restrictions on Abortion

Last week’s Roe v. Wade anniversary may seem to many pro-lifers a sad reminder of how little progress has been made for the cause of life in 43 years. But a new Marist poll shows a massive shift in opinion … Read More

January 27, 2016 |

Ingratitude, Christian Civic Duty, and “Politicizing the Pulpit”

Last week, Frank Page, President of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote a great article called “Freedom is Not Free.” Aimed at Christians and especially pastors, it properly points out (among other things) our Biblical duties in … Read More

January 19, 2016 |

Letter From the Birmingham Jail

by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. |

[ N. B. All typographical errors are from the original source and therefore have not been corrected. ]

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This response to a published statement by eight fellow clergymen from Alabama … Read More

January 14, 2016 |

Is Lightning About to Strike Hillary Twice?

Is lightning about to strike Hillary Clinton for the second time?

Tuesday’s Monmouth University poll has Hillary down 14 points in New Hampshire, 39% to Bernie Sanders’ 53%. And in a primary where independents and even Republicans routinely vote, she’s … Read More

January 13, 2016 |

Your English Teacher Was Wrong: Capitalize “Earth”

I’ll admit, it’s been a while since my last English class; but like most of you, I was taught that you should never capitalize the word “Earth” (or for that matter, “Moon” or “Sun”). I know for a fact that … Read More

January 12, 2016 |

The Actions of a King, Not a President

I remember very well when, in the 1980s, Congress passed the Boland Amendment, prohibiting U.S. aid to the anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua (because Democrats never miss a chance to support Communists, but I digress). Certain people in the Administration (Oliver … Read More

January 11, 2016 |

What Does It Mean to Be a Natural Born Citizen?

The meaning of “natural born citizen,” as used in the United States Constitution, has nothing to do with the medical procedures (or lack thereof) involved in one’s birth. Rather, it has to do with whether a person was entitled to citizenship … Read More

January 7, 2016 |

North Korea’s H-Bomb: The Lesson You Haven’t Thought Of

So North Korea detonated what they call an H-Bomb. Our guys are saying it’s “just” an “enhanced” nuclear device.

I’m sure you find that a comforting distinction.

North Korea has done this on Barack Obama’s watch. And it got me … Read More

December 28, 2015 |

The Wonderful Commercialism of Christmas

Since long before I was born, people have been decrying, bemoaning, lamenting the so-called commercialism of Christmas.

Stop it. Right now.

Christmas is an absolutely singular holiday: there is nothing else like it. Independence Day is nice, but there … Read More

December 15, 2015 |

U.S. Lab: Electronic Voting Machines Shockingly Easy to Hack

I have said for years that the only secure election is one with paper ballots, photo IDs and (ideally) indelibly inked thumbs (such as we required in Iraq and Afghanistan). That last bit also requires the elimination of early voting.

Read More

November 23, 2015 |

Refugee Questions Liberals Need to Answer

Over the past few days, there has been much online rancor regarding the degree of probability that many of the Syrian refugees might be terrorist infiltrators, sent by ISIS to carry out more attacks like the one in Paris last … Read More

November 23, 2015 |

The Tragic Dumbing-Down of “Idolatry”

Ask an American pastor what “idolatry” is, and you’re likely to get a lecture about bass boats.

And that’s a problem.

While it is true that in the broadest sense the term “idolatry” means placing anything before God – money … Read More

November 4, 2015 |

Five Keys to Innovation

So you want to be an innovator?

Innovation can mean an edge for your business, a breakthrough cure you might need someday, a significant improvement in quality of life: lots of things people need and want. The most significant … Read More

November 3, 2015 |

South Africa: UN Climate Deal a Form of Apartheid

While Western elites celebrate “saving the planet,” South Africa’s government brought a divergent point of view to the Paris climate talks: the UN climate deal is a form of apartheid.

Writes Canada’s Globe and Mail,

“A summit in … Read More

November 2, 2015 |

Most Important Political Facts of the Week

Most important political fact of the week: The Republican Establishment went on the attack against its own party.

Does this sound hyperbolic? Consider:

  1. John Kasich – whose principle achievement is expanding Medicaid, and whom many have touted as … Read More
October 28, 2015 |

Six Centuries From Agincourt

Dear Friends,

It is not just every day you get to celebrate the 600th anniversary of anything.

Agincourt was a particularly defining moment for the English-speaking peoples, in every way but not least our faith. I’ve penned a few thoughts on … Read More

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