Rob Long, Hollywood writer and producer, started his career as a screenwriter for the TV show "Cheers." You can find his musings on National Review, Newsweek International, and the Los Angeles Times. Rob's weekly commentary "Martini Shot" is broadcast on L.A.'s KCRW and can be found on iTunes. Rob is editor-in-chief of Ricochet.

In Defense of Ebenezer Scrooge

In the opening sequences of A Christmas Carol—which in a way is a kind of secular gospel story for the secular Christmas—hardworking and thrifty Scrooge is bent over his desk delivering value to his clients. In addition, by restricting the use of coal in his office fireplace, he’s also doing his part to clean up … Continued


Justice: The One Virtue Nobody Really Wants

From The Seven Deadly Virtues, Hollywood writer and producer Rob Long tackles justice, a complicated concept “with lots of moving parts and a terrifying margin of error.” “Justice,” he says, “is karma on a timetable.” — [Ed.] “Your Honor, I have a problem,” the prospective juror said to the judge during jury selection a year … Continued

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