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.
Brexit Reminds Us European Unity Requires Force

The idea of a united Europe isn’t new. But Brexit reminds us that uniting the continent requires eroding national sovereignty and using force.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Strike A Blow Against ‘Small Ball’

LeBron James and the Cavaliers made history Sunday night. But perhaps even more important, they cast doubt on the Warriors’ brand of ‘small ball.’

The Second Amendment Isn’t About Hunting or Self-Defense, But Revolution

After Orlando, some are calling for stricter gun laws, or even a repeal of the Second Amendment. But gun rights and liberty are inseparable.

What If Mateen Wasn’t Targeting Gay People At All?

Liberal elites are pushing the narrative that Christians and the NRA are as much to blame for Orlando as ISIS. But what if Mateen wasn’t targeting gay people?

The Orlando Terrorist Attack Is The Price We Pay For Not Destroying ISIS

President Obama thinks terror attacks like the Orlando nightclub massacre are an acceptable price to pay for American nonintervention in the Middle East.

Hillary Clinton’s Politics Of Virtue

Hillary Clinton has often changed her views over the years. What hasn’t changed is her belief in the politics of virtue, that doing good requires power.

A Guaranteed Income Would Be Better Than Our Corrupt Welfare System

Charles Murray wants to replace welfare with a guaranteed income. Doing so would help cut out third parties that profit from our corrupt welfare system.

Obama Tries To Pretend The Second Amendment Doesn’t Exist

Obama doesn’t want to talk about why strict gun laws don’t reduce gun violence, but he has much to say about why we should regulate guns like automobiles.

Why Americans Don’t Care That Paul Ryan Is Voting for Trump

Paul Ryan has said he’ll support Trump in hopes of passing policy reforms. But most Americans don’t care about policy; they just want their side to win.

The Transgender Debate Moves To The Sports Field

As the Olympics loom, the transgender debate is about to move from the bathroom to the playing field, where the incoherence of the trans agenda is obvious.

America’s War On The Confederacy Is Really A War On The Past

Banning displays of the Confederate flag and removing monuments of Confederate leaders amounts to a war on the past. But it won’t help us to overcome it.

Black Market Ride-Sharing Explodes In Austin After Voters Drive Out Uber And Lyft

Now that Uber and Lyft have pulled out of Austin due to onerous new city regulations, drivers and riders are turning to black market ride-sharing.

America’s Dangerous Crisis Of Confidence

Americans distrust the government, and yet they want the government to do more. This crisis of confidence could produce something worse than bad government.

GOP Leaders Surrender To Trump

Donald Trump went to Washington last week, and the GOP establishment jumped on the Trump train. They’re going to tell conservatives to do the same.

‘Uncharted’s’ Nathan Drake Is A Rare Modern Alpha Male Hero

The release of Sony’s ‘Uncharted 4’ this week is a rare cultural affirmation of the old-fashioned alpha male hero in the character of Nathan Drake.

How Austin Drove Out Uber And Lyft

The story of how Uber and Lyft were driven out of Austin is a textbook example of how government-backed cartels force out competition under the guise of creating a “level playing field” or ensuring “consumer safety.”

Why Hillary Clinton Would Be Better For Conservatives Than Trump

Conservatives should set aside their worries about the future of the GOP. Opposing Clinton would be better for conservatives than colluding with Trump.

5 Glaring Contradictions In Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech

Trump’s foreign policy speech Wednesday was a meandering tirade of incoherence and contradictions. Here are the top five.

In Pennsylvania, Trump Exploits The Politics Of Decline

On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians might vote for Trump in a landslide. If they do, it will be an expression of outrage and hope and the politics of decline.

Upstate New York Was Predictable Trump Country. It’s Dying

It’s no surprise that Donald Trump won upstate New York in a landslide Tuesday. The entire region is in economic and social decline.