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.
Why Progressives Hate Steve Bannon’s Cyclical View Of History

Progressives hate Steve Bannon’s fascination with a book that suggests history is cyclical. It undermines a progressive worldview that yearns for utopia.

How America’s Reasons For Entering World War I Resonate Today

On the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, the reasons we went to war hold an eerie resemblance to issues facing our country today.

No, It’s Not Time For The GOP To Embrace Single-Payer

Donald Trump’s voters did not sign themselves up for Barack Obama’s third term.

What’s Better: Medicare For All, Or A Free-Market Health-Care System?

In a debate hosted by Mic, The Federalist’s John Davidson tried to explain to a socialist how freer markets could improve our health care system.

How Not To Think About Vladimir Putin

Conservatives are deluding themselves if they think Putin is anything but a run-of-the-mill autocrat who rules through brute force.

The GOP Health Care Bill Falls Into The Obamacare Trap

The Republican health care bill would bring immediate pain for future gain—a recipe that promises to satisfy no one, just like Obamacare.

Grandstanding Democrats Embarrass Themselves At Gorsuch, Comey Hearings

Instead of doing the serious work they were elected to do, congressional Democrats spent the day virtue-signaling to their base.

How Austin’s Progressive Leaders Ruined Ridesharing At SXSW

Uber and Lyft were noticeably absent from SXSW this year, damaging Austin’s reputation as a tech hub. The city’s political leadership is to blame.

Yes, It’s Better To Be Poor In The Mississippi Delta Than In Bangladesh

Nobel laureate Angus Deaton recognizes the plight of America’s poor, but he’s reluctant to say the poor are often the authors of their own misfortune.

Trump Says He’s Open To Negotiation On Obamacare. Here’s His Chance

The Republican Study Committee is backing two amendments to the GOP health care bill that strike at the heart of Obamacare: Medicaid expansion.

What Europe’s New Nationalists Want Is Not To Be Ashamed Of Their Heritage

The new nationalism sweeping Europe is driven by a desire for something more concrete than the illusory promises of globalism. Europeans want a narrative.

Congress Should Fix Obamacare By Giving Health Care Back To States

Republicans in Congress shouldn’t tie themselves in knots trying to ‘replace’ Obamacare. If some states want to keep it, they can pay for it themselves.

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico.

The Left’s Freakouts Will Continue Until Morale Improves. Here Are Some Tips

Trump has revealed a disturbing intolerance among progressives who can’t separate life from politics, and who don’t really want to live and let live. They should.

Obama’s Shadow Government Is Organizing To Undermine Trump

The leaks that led to Michael Flynn’s resignation are just the beginning. Obama and his loyalists in and outside government are working to undermine Trump.

2016 Punctured The Silicon Valley Hype About Social Media And Diversity

Since Trump’s election, our Facebook and Twitter feeds have become fountains of anger. Silicon Valley needs to wake up to human nature.

Stop Calling Donald Trump A Fascist, Because He’s Not One

The Left’s favorite epithet for Donald Trump is ‘fascist.’ The problem is, the term simply doesn’t apply. They should stop using it.

Why Neil Gorsuch’s Politics Matter Far Less Than His Legal Analysis

Americans often think the Supreme Court falls into ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ camps. But justices usually care more about the law than about politics.

Why Are Progressives So Angry? Trump Defeated Their Messiah

The outrage and hysteria over Trump should confirm what should have been obvious during the Obama years: progressives have turned politics into a religion.

Let Jerry Brown Turn California Into A Socialist Utopia

Now that Donald Trump is issuing executive orders that progressives hate, blue states are rediscovering federalism. We should let them do as they please.