John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson is a senior correspondent at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.
What The Origins Of Memorial Day Can Teach Americans About Getting Along

For many Americans, Memorial Day is nothing more than a cookout. But it began as a way to honor those who died in the Civil War, and heal a broken country.

Star Wars Returns To The Ancient Ruins Of Skellig Michael

More than a century ago, George Bernard Shaw visited the island monastery that now forms the iconic backdrop for the forthcoming Star Wars film.

Trump Is Overestimating Palestinians’ Desire For Peace

Trump wants to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but the obstacles to peace that have bedeviled past U.S. presidents have not gone away.

The Media Elite Is Indulging Dangerous Fantasies About Removing Trump From Office

Ross Douthat argues in The New York Times that the cabinet and Congress should remove Trump from office. It’s a reckless argument for undermining democracy.

Only Trump Derangement Syndrome Can Explain Calls For Impeachment

Progressives are calling for President Trump’s impeachment over the James Comey firing. Only one thing explains their lapse of reason.

The American Left Is Talking Itself Into Violence

The recent violence that’s marked our college campuses is seeping into the rest of society, and the vast majority of it comes from the intolerant Left.

Trump’s Travel Ban Has Nothing To Do With The First Amendment

The furor over Trump’s executive order on immigration isn’t about the Constitution. It’s about liberals’ contempt for Trump.

House Republicans Pass Slightly Different Version Of Obamacare, Claim Victory

The GOP health care bill is mostly political theater, yet the Left is acting like Republicans just destroyed health care, while Republicans are celebrating.

If Obama Wants To Help Democrats, He Should Disappear

Barack Obama is back, but if Democrats ever want to be competitive in national politics, they should hope and pray that he stays out of the spotlight.

New Orleans Is Wrong To Remove Its Confederate Monuments

The progressive impulse to purge public spaces of Confederate monuments isn’t about inclusion and tolerance, it’s about politics and power.

Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech

Progressive college students seem to think violence is okay as long as it’s silencing ‘hate speech.’ Someone should tell them there’s no such thing.

Let’s Talk About What’s Happening To The Democratic Party

The mainstream media is obsessed with how Trump is changing the GOP. But the real transformation in American politics is happening in the Democratic Party.

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.