John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Davidson is a senior correspondent at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.
‘Westworld’ Is Actually A Thoughtful Meditation On Suffering And Consciousness

Critics of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ say all the plot twists hide shoddy storytelling. But the show is telling a profound story about suffering and consciousness.

Why The Mainstream Media Can’t Hold Trump Accountable

The mainstream media have lost credibility. Under Obama, they were compliant. Under Trump, they’re hysterical. So who will hold Trump accountable now?

The Green Party Is The Future Of The Democratic Party

Democrats lost because they swung too far left and abandoned white, working-class voters. If they don’t change course, they’ll become the Green Party.

Meet The Intolerant Vulgarians Of The Dirtbag Left

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, some on the political Left are lashing out, loudly proclaiming just how intolerant and illiberal they really are.

Mainstream Journalists Don’t Care About Free Speech Until Donald Trump Attacks It

In the wake of Trump’s election, the mainstream media is suddenly concerned about the First Amendment. The truth is, they never cared about free speech.

How Donald Trump Won The Midwest

Turnout in rural and suburban areas across the Midwest propelled Trump to victory in states he wasn’t supposed to win. The key to his appeal was respect.

Liberals Don’t Really Think Donald Trump Is Extreme

When liberals claim that Trump is extreme and dangerous, don’t believe it. They think the entire Republican agenda is extreme, no matter who’s running.

The Myth Of 2016: Our Country’s Problems Come From Somewhere Else

No matter who wins the election Tuesday, 2016 has revealed the dominant myth of our time, which is that our problems are not our fault, and come from afar.

In Pennsylvania, Trump’s Protectionism Lures Blue-Collar Democrats

Pennsylvania wasn’t supposed to be a swing state, but decades of industrial decline and Trump’s promises of protectionism might put the state in play.

How Chicago Cubs’ Manager Joe Maddon Is Saving His Hometown

Joe Maddon, the biggest sports celebrity ever to come out of Hazleton, is building a legacy of tolerance and integration in his struggling hometown.

Trump Is Inspiring Rust Belt Democrats To ‘Cross Over’

In northeast Ohio, where cities are shrinking and communities are struggling, many lifelong Democrats are ‘crossing over’ to vote for Donald Trump.

In Ohio, Despair Breeds The Politics Of Ambivalence

In Akron, Ohio, residents grapple with a heroin epidemic, new industries that create too few jobs, and an election that no one wants to talk about.

Could Ivanka Trump Take Her Father’s Place As America’s Marine Le Pen?

Donald Trump has drawn comparisons to Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing National Front. But what if Ivanka Trump is really America’s Le Pen?

How The Clown Hysteria Explains Our Psychotic Presidential Election

The recent sightings of demented clowns across the country is a sign of something deeper that’s amiss in American society—something only clowns can show us.

Trump Triggers The Great GOP Crackup

Republican officeholders and officials began disavowing Trump over the weekend. But it’s too little too late for them. The GOP crackup has arrived.

If Low-Skill Immigrants Don’t Compete With Working-Class Americans, Robots Will

Donald Trump wants us to believe that immigration is hurting American workers. The truth is more complicated—and less useful.

NPR Reporter Has No Idea What ‘Come And Take It’ Means

Some anti-gun folks in the Texas town that coined the phrase ‘Come and take it’ don’t know where the phrase came from or what it means.

Democracy Has Made Trump And Hillary Inevitable

The rise of Donald Trump has a lot to do with the failure of the elites. But as Alexis de Tocqueville noted, it also has a lot to do with envy.

Evan McMullin Is The New Ted Cruz

At a weekend conference in Texas, Ted Cruz defended his decision to endorse Donald Trump while independent candidate Evan McMullin took up Cruz’s discarded mantle.

Andrew Sullivan Is Right: Smartphones And Social Media Are Torturing Us

Smartphones and social media are supposed to connect us. But what happens when we’re so constantly connected that we forget how to be alone?