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Happy Birthday, FDRLST! Here Are Our 10 Most Popular Articles

Happy birthday to us! Here are our 10 most popular articles of the last year.


Happy Birthday to us! It’s hard to believe that we’re already a year old. We’ve had a lot of fun, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed the content that we’ve published over the last year. Here’s how our publisher, Ben Domenech, commemorated our one-year birthday (via The Transom, which you should subscribe to):

I am grateful for the dedication and innovative thought of our Senior Editors, the incredible Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, who bring unique and insightful perspectives on culture and politics; to Joy Pullmann, our excellent and tireless managing editor; to the always contrarian and always interesting Rob Tracinski; and to Sean Davis, our co-founder, who never goes a day without making me laugh and is someone you never want on the opposite side in a fight. The most important aspect of any organization is a strong and talented core team – and ours has helped elevate us beyond publications with vastly greater resources. As colleagues and friends, I am thankful for them.

I am also grateful for the contributions of our frequent contributors, who come up with perspectives on things we often do not anticipate ourselves – including D.C. McAllister, Rachel Lu, Leslie Loftis, Amy Otto, Stella Morabito, Heather Wilhelm, Anna Mussmann, Andrew Quinn, Daniel Payne, Rich Cromwell, Neal DeWing, Scott Lincicome, John Davidson, Tom Nichols, David Marcus, Hans Fiene, C.J. Ciaramella, and more – you can see everyone we’ve published in our first year here. As we grow as a publication, my hope is that we become a place where writers can grow and mature, trying new and interesting approaches which expand beyond the limits of traditional publications.

Lastly, I want to thank our readers, from the influential columnists to the homemakers, who have been so dedicated and generous and thoughtful in their engagement of our work. A media startup is difficult to get right – finding the right tone, maintaining quality, and seeking out a niche left unfilled by existing entities. Before The Federalist existed, more than one person I talked to shared the view of this smart fellow. The other day, one of the conservative intellectuals who is fond of our work noted to me that he would never have put together this combination of writers, but now that they are here, he can’t imagine how a publication like this didn’t always exist. And that, I think, bodes very well for the years to come as we mature and grow.

We thought it might be fun to list our 10 most popular articles of all-time to give you a window into the favorite content of our readers. If you missed any of them the first time, you’ll now have an easy opportunity to read a few of them. And if you already read them, why not give them another run-through?

Without further ado, here are The Federalist’s 10 most popular articles of all time.

1. The Death of Expertise

To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.

2. The Osteens’ Donald Sterling Moment

The flap over Victoria Osteen’s recent comments is anticlimactic, given the Osteens have said a thousand even more theologically indefensible things.

3. Five False Perceptions About The Hobby Lobby Case

As Hobby Lobby heads to the Supreme Court to challenge the Obamacare mandate, don’t be duped by these five common misperceptions about the case.

4. Top 10 Ridiculous Responses Regarding My Third Pregnancy

No one – not family nor friend – should at all be concerned with my husband’s nether-regions during my pregnancy. Thank you very much.

5. FACT: Tangled Is A Far Better Movie Than Frozen

Frozen is a mildly entertaining princess movie. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

6. Stop Pretending Sex Never Hurts

If we’re going to warn people of the perils of Big Gulps and French fries, shouldn’t we warn them of the dangers of sex?

7. Five Things Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ Gets Wrong

How accurate is the science on Cosmos? Does it matter? Isn’t science, like pizza, still pretty good even if it’s bad?

8. Feminism Or Sexism? Depends: Is It Beyonce’s VMAs Or Vergara’s Emmys?

Hours after praising Beyonce’s dirty VMA performance as a feminist masterpiece, media condemned Sofia Vergara for joking about her curvy body. For real.

9. The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading

A top ten list of books which which you’d be mildly embarrassed to admit you’ve never read. So you lie about it.

10. 6 Stupid Arguments About Hobby Lobby From Dumb Liberals

Here are the 6 dumbest arguments from dumb liberals about the Hobby Lobby decision.