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James Marshall Crotty (a.k.a. Crotty) is best known as the co-founder, editor, and peripatetic publisher of Monk: The Mobile Magazine, which from 1986-1998 he ran from the dashboard of his 26-foot Fleetwood Bounder “Monkmobile.” He is the author of several books, including How To Talk American (Houghton Mifflin), The USA Phrasebook (Lonely Planet), and, with fellow “Monk” Michael Lane, of Mad Monks On the Road (Simon & Schuster), The Mad Monks’ Guide to New York City (Macmillan), The Mad Monks’ Guide to California (Macmillan), and works in TV, multimedia, and film, including the forthcoming urban debate documentary, Crotty’s Kids, which Crotty wrote, directed, produced, and in which he stars. As a media auteur, Crotty has been profiled in major American media, including Newsweek, the New York Times, ABC’S “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” MTV News, Fox News, Rolling Stone, CNN, USA Today, Wired, and hundreds more. Mr. Crotty has also been featured in major international media, including the BBC, CBC, Germany’s Der Stern, Japan’s NHK, and Italy’s Panorama. Mr. Crotty is widely regarded as a pioneer of “the mobile office” (Portable Computing Magazine) and the inventor of “dashboard publishing” (Fact Sheet Five). Starting in 1994 with the Transom, continuing in 1997 with Hollywood Broadcasting and concluding in 2000 with Playboy, Crotty brought high-level multimedia content to the web long before the user-generated era took hold. In 2004, he helped launch the blog/video blog revolution with the independent politics and culture site, The Crotty Farm Report ( He is currently the “Business of Education” columnist for Forbes Media ( and an Independent Political Columnist for the Huffington Post. In addition to his writing and film work, Crotty is a founding Principal in L.A.-based Monk (, which includes the web development company Monk Media (, Monk Space production rental (, Monk Host ( and Monk Post ( In his spare time, Crotty volunteers as a debate coach and judge (see for a trailer about his work with at-risk youth) and leads Great Books discussion groups in cities around the world. Mr. Crotty earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Santa Fe, “the Great Books School.” He can be reached via: Email: Twitter: Facebook: Forbes:

Entries by James Marshall Crotty

San Luis Obispo: The New Napa?

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 8:39 PM


Roughly halfway between Silicon San Francisco - and the window-breaking, Google-Bus-halting envy its digital strivers engender - and LA's brain-depleting smog, sits the crown jewel of the California Central Coast: San Luis Obispo. If you're traveling to this good, kind burg,...

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The Knockout Blow Bernie Sanders Refuses to Deliver

(17) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 10:42 AM


It is confounding, in watching Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders' unevenly successful primary campaign against Democrat insider Hillary Clinton, why he has not gone in for the kill. He enjoys the same populist tailwinds fueling the more successful, and equally unprecedented, Republican campaign of...

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As Establishment Flails, Trump Goes in for Kill

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 6:30 PM


The GOP Establishment is in such a state of apoplectic panic over the rogue candidacy of real estate developer Donald J. Trump that on Thursday they sent out its feckless failed nominee Mitt Romney (who four years previous fulsomely praised Trump...

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Comparing Trump to Hitler Is Worst Kind of Hate Speech

(99) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 1:40 PM


To all those comrades on my Facebook feed irresponsibly comparing isolationist Donald Trump to imperialist Adolf Hitler: that is your constitutionally protected right.

However, we have a very important, if unwritten, rule in high-level policy debate: he or...

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Rubio Thumps Trump in Rumble in GOP Jungle

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 11:07 PM


For nine GOP Presidential debates, Florida Senator Marco Rubio tried to rise above the fray, letting 12 other candidates take on rutheless counter-puncher Donald Trump. Rubio calmly watched each of these contenders - including his former mentor, Jeb Bush, armed with...

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Trump and Clinton Take Command of U.S. Presidential Race

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 8:54 AM


As I predicted months ago, it's likely to be Donald John Trump vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a genuine Battle of New York, in the U.S. general election. There are still primaries to go before we sleep, but as South Carolina and Nevada voters...

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Berlinale: The Best and Wurst of It

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 11:00 PM


German automobiles are renowned for their engineering. However, this fine-tuned ethos of fine-tuning is not reserved to cars. Engineering itself is a German national trait, hard-wired through natural selection's work on the prevailing German zeitgeist, or Ganz Organisiert (totally organized).

Along for...

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How Trump Lost Iowa

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 11:29 PM

It's now confirmed that Donald Trump has decidedly lost the Iowa caucuses to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Moreover, he barely surpassed the vote total of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, this year's "comeback kid." Keep in mind that Trump was beating Cruz by 11% and Rubio by...

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David Bowie -- Gentleman, Genius, and Pop Hero -- Dies At 69

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 8:44 AM

Gentleman, genius, and one of my teenage "heroes", David Bowie, died Sunday, January 10, after a secret 18-month battle with cancer. I am blown away reading now about how many people were also quietly inspired by this highly original rock and pop...
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In San Bernardino Shooting, Patriarchy Pulled the Trigger

(18) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 7:20 PM


I am all for religious liberty and the freedom to wear whatever you want, including full-metal burka, but the relatives of American-born, Redlands-residing, "ISIS-sympathizing" (according to Farook's own father) terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook, insult our intelligence when they proclaimed,...

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How Nebraska Can Return to College Football Greatness

(119) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 11:54 PM

Nothing I say here will assuage the pain of being a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan right now. This is especially true after our hugely disappointing loss to the no-nonsense, mistake-free, steady-as-she goes Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday at 90,000-strong Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (Nebraska's 347th consecutive sellout).

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To Defeat Radical Islamic Jihad, We Need Three Types of Army: Military, Political and Love

(7) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 7:31 AM

Last night in Berlin, we celebrated the 7th birthday of Matilda Foelsch. A multi-ethnic, multi-cultural gathering of Matilda's friends partook of Kasekuchen (cheesecake), Waldmeister (green lemonade), tasty satay sticks, and vegetarian sushi (no wasabi) at the Pankow home of Frank Foelsch and Cathleen Eberhardt. The rambunctious all-female celebrants raced around...

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Blue Ocean Film Festival Makes Waves In Monaco, As Cop21 Approaches

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:17 PM

Within U.S. political campaigns, environmental protection is the ugly stepchild. It does not drive voter turnout, as much as hot button, easily gamed issues like illegal immigration and taxes do.

However, within environmentalist circles, marine protection is that stepchild. Though 48% of...

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Detached And Star-Crazy, But Worth It All The Same

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 6:55 PM

Ah, Santa Barbara. Sitting amid bougainvillea-covered white walls at the surprisingly inexpensive Hotel Milo (formerly Oceana Hotel), just across from the gentle blue Pacific Ocean -- if also next door to the uncomfortably named Sambo's On the Beach -- there are few other places in Southern...

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Southern California's Best Film Festivals, Part 1: Palm Springs

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 4:16 PM


Despite what you've heard about film productions "running away" to Georgia, Louisiana and New Mexico, Southern California (SoCal) is still the world headquarters of global film production. However, what kind of place is SoCal when it comes to film festivals? That's about as...

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First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM


To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. "Heresy!...

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With China on the Ropes, Oil Plunging, Markets in Free Fall, How Do I Play Equities Now?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:17 AM

Friends often ask me, on huge down market days like Friday, what I think of equities moving forward. While I have earned decent long-term returns from Apple (which has been hit particularly hard since its April, 2015 all-time high), several ETFs, and...

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How the Left Can Put the Planned Parenthood Debacle Behind It and Restore Integrity to the Abortion Debate

(13) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 6:09 PM


I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ever since.

However, as I told Jesuit photographer Don Doll - a revered chronicler of...

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Donald Trump, You're Fired

(192) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Dear Donald Trump:

After Thursday night's egregious and disappointing debate performance, it is clear you have now completely fulfilled your chief function in this year's GOP primary. You put illegal immigration -- and the role that countries like Mexico and sanctuary cities...

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My Quick Take on the Fox Kiddie Table Debate

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Jim Gilmore (Governor, Attorney General, counterintelligence agent, NRA board member) sure has a big black ring on his right hand. If I was ISIS, I'd be scared of that thing.

Bobby Jindal gets my vote for Student Council President. Too bad he...

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