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.
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?

How The Collapse Of American Community Has Fed Donald Trump

Many voters place a faith in Donald Trump that once rested in their churches, families, and wider communities.

The Best-Case Scenario For 2016: Mike Pence Or Tim Kaine

With all the talk of Hillary Clinton’s health, voters might consider that the best-case scenario might be for a VP pick to end up in the White House.

Sorry, Paul Krugman, The Media Isn’t Biased Against Clinton

Paul Krugman is afraid the media is unfairly biased against Hillary Clinton while Donald Trump is getting a free pass. He apparently has no sense of irony.

Russia Isn’t Trying To Elect Trump, It’s Trying To Undermine America’s Faith In Elections

Russia doesn’t have to steal the election to accomplish its ultimate goal, which isn’t to elect Trump but to undermine America’s faith in elections.

Russia’s Cyber Warfare Has Bigger Aims Than Electing Donald Trump

Recent high-profile cyberattacks are all part of a coordinated Russian effort to disrupt U.S. elections. The ultimate goal isn’t to elect Trump, but to undermine Americans’ faith in democracy.

Donald Trump Brings His Reality TV Road Show To Texas

Why would Trump hold a rally in Texas instead of campaigning in swing states? Because Trump’s not running a campaign, he’s staging a reality TV road show.

The White Working Class Needs Cultural Renewal, Not Empty Promises

The white working class is in crisis. But renewal won’t come from political elites or government programs, it will come from communities and families.

The Plight Of The White Working Class Isn’t Economic, It’s Cultural

The white working class thinks Donald Trump can solve its economic problems. But their problems aren’t primarily economic, they’re cultural.

‘Stranger Things’ Is A Triumph Of Imagination

Netflix’s new hit series ‘Stranger Things’ creates a dark and dangerous world but imbues it with wonder. No wonder the heroes are children.

Like Trump, Right Should Speak To America’s Forgotten Fishtowns

The white working class has serious problems, many of them self-inflicted. Donald Trump is reaching out to these people, and conservatives should do the same.

Hillary Clinton’s Historic Night Marred By Contradiction And Dissent

In what was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s historic night, the contradictions and tensions within the Democratic Party were undeniable and distracting.