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Ben (@bhweingarten) is a reader, writer, thinker, commentator and truth seeker.

He is an ardent proponent of free markets and free minds, and peace through strength.

Born in New York, raised in New Jersey and educated at Columbia University where he studied economics and political science, Ben’s love of liberty was forged among those anathema to him — frequently the political minority and chief instigator from classroom to cocktail party.

While in college, Ben sought an outlet for his contrarian views (at least by Morningside Heights standards), writing extensively for Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” sites.

Ben’s academic interest in political economy led him to pursue a real-world education in finance and the law, and following graduation, Ben spent several years in investment banking where he specialized in bankruptcies and restructurings.

But as Ben watched America’s precipitous decline during the Obama years — economically, militarily and culturally — while her foes in China, Russia and the Islamic world ascended, the pull of entering the political fray in the face of the progressive march proved too strong. He decided to channel his skills, interests and abilities towards the war of ideas, at an entrepreneurial company that shared his values and principles, leading him to join Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.

At TheBlaze, Ben wrote editorials on subjects such as economics, defense, politics and history; developed, launched and independently operated TheBlaze Books, TheBlaze’s books and ideas vertical; created, hosted and produced TheBlaze Books Podcast, featuring interviews with leading conservative and libertarian thinkers; drafted a nightly briefing memo incorporated into Glenn Beck’s programs; served as a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck ProgramPat & Stu and Pure Opelka shows; and assisted in all aspects of TheBlaze/Mercury Radio Arts‘ publishing operations.

In October 2015, Ben launched ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and publication services firm dedicated to helping individuals, organizations and institutions advance the principles of individual liberty, limited government and a strong national defense.

Ben has contributed to outlets including Breitbart, City Journal, The Claremont Review of BooksConservative ReviewThe FederalistGatestone InstituteThe HillLibrary of Law & Liberty, National Review, Newsmax, PJ Media and Zero Hedge. His work has been highlighted at American Thinker, The Andrew Klavan ShowBoldTV, Conservative HQ, The Daily Caller, The Daily WireThe Drudge ReportThe HillHotAir, Instapundit, Jihad Watch, Legal Insurrection, Library of Law & LibertyMark Steyn Online, Mosaic MagazineThe New CriterionOverlawyeredRealClearBooksRealClearMarkets, RealClearPoliticsWashington Free Beacon and elsewhere.

In 2015 Ben was selected as a Publius Fellow to the Claremont Institute.

Ben is a long-suffering fan of the New York Mets and Minnesota Vikings. He tweets about them on nights and weekends incessantly.