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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

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

October 27, 2015 |

How Much Is Enough?

It is the inevitable, even cliché, lesson we are supposed to learn at the end of countless movies, television shows, and even sermons. Some wealthy figure, shown by events to have great deficiencies in his life, is asked by a … Read More

October 26, 2015 |

Why Does America’s Oil Output Refuse to Collapse?

U.S. oil output isn’t dropping. And that is…more than a little interesting.

Given the collapse in oil prices — very recently we were told that $250 oil would be the new normal — many predicted that U.S. frackers would be … Read More

October 15, 2015 |

Some Thoughts on the Speaker’s Race

Some thoughts on the Speaker’s race:

1. The American people elected one of the largest Republican House majorities in history, and certainly the largest in almost a century, in successive elections — 2010, 2012, 2014 — entirely and only because … Read More

October 14, 2015 |

A Tale of Two Cities, in Pictures

The glory that is Hong Kong is even more breathtaking than the tragedy that is Havana.

Prior to the “Socialist Revolution,” Cuba was one of the most advanced and successful countries in Latin America. In 1960, as Castro was consolidating … Read More

October 13, 2015 |

Conservative Victory: Kevin McCarthy Quits

I just want to stress, for those conservatives who want to drop out, give up the fight, take their toys and go home, start a third party, whatever: the three members of that third party, no matter how big … Read More

October 12, 2015 |

The Crusades in Perspective

is again filled with defenders of Islamist “feelings” in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Eventually but invariably they invoke that favorite liberal trump card, the Crusades.

But I have to marvel at the tendency of these people to focus so heavily … Read More

October 9, 2015 |

The Pope is Wrong About Capitalism

The Pope’s continued attacks on Capitalism raise important questions Christians should consider. Certainly unbridled human activity of any sort is fraught with sin: it is our nature. But the Pope’s critique misses the mark, Biblically, historically and practically. Christians must … Read More

October 2, 2015 |

Should America Pay Reparations for Slavery?

The question comes up again and again: should the U.S. government pay reparations to the descendants of African American slaves? There are a variety of arguments for this, the most obvious of which is the obvious horror of slavery … Read More

September 30, 2015 |

Study: Bible Reading Dramatically Changes Behavior, But…

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

September 29, 2015 |

One of the Most Critical Keys to Success May Surprise You

One of the most essential keys to success? Study those who’ve gone before.

History gets a bad rap. Children are conditioned to hate it: they are told it’s boring, they are told it’s all memorization of facts and dates. And … Read More

September 21, 2015 |

Must You be Ruthless and Selfish to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Must you be ruthless and selfish to be a successful entrepreneur? No. It’s exactly the opposite.

An entrepreneur must be ruthless with himself — he needs to be a disciplined machine — but the rest of what he does is an exercise in … Read More

September 15, 2015 |

Most Important Political Facts of the Week

Most important political fact of the week: Hunger Games politics.

Politics, like the blockbuster movie franchise, is a zero sum game: somebody has to win, everybody else has to lose. But how you go about winning is very different when … Read More

September 14, 2015 |

What We Still Haven’t Learned From 9/11

“We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union. . . provide for the common defense. . . and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this … Read More

September 8, 2015 |

Most Important Political Facts of the Week

Most important political fact of the week: the dominance of the outsiders.

It’s not just Trump, who in last Thursday’s Monmouth poll hit an incredible 30%. The same poll found an equally improbable Ben Carson in second at 18%, and … Read More

September 3, 2015 |

Why the Golden Rule is the Secret of Success

To many people, the Golden Rule is very simple: he who has the gold makes the rules.

They aren’t entirely wrong, of course. But that’s not the idea or the ideal. And if you want to succeed, understanding why makes … Read More

September 1, 2015 |

The Same Sex Marriage Ruling Offers the Church Opportunities

Much ink has been spilled on the dangers to religious liberty contained in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. But the decision also presents some valuable opportunities.

1. The chance to stop lying.

Oh, Christians (and especially pastors) don’t mean … Read More

August 21, 2015 |

Sabato: Cruz Top Tier, Trump Un-Nominatable

Famed pundit and political scientist Larry Sabato, writing in his Crystal Ball Report, has pronounced a new Republican top tier that’s outsider heavy. He also says Donald Trump is, at best, Republicans’ “summer fling.”

Sabato is a smart guy, but … Read More

August 14, 2015 |

Debates and Uber and Frackers, Oh My!

Last week’s Republican Presidential debate was the highest rated in history, and was anything but “lacking in substance.” While the RNC and other establishment types want fewer of these events, they are utterly mistaken in that approach. Just as the … Read More

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