Conor Friedersdorf

Why Don’t Libertarians Care About Ron Paul’s Bigoted Newsletters?
December 22, 2011

Nearly four years ago, on the eve of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, The New Republic published my expose of newsletters published by Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The contents of these newsletters can best be described as appalling.

A Primary Challenge?
July 08, 2011

[Guest post by Matthew Zeitlin]  In a somewhat odd post for the Atlantic, libertarian-ish Conor Friedersdorf suggests that left-wingers disappointed in the Obama administration ought to support a primary challenge so that they can get Obama to stop taking the left wing of the Democratic Party for granted: Is there any way out of this cycle, whereby every president is virulently hated by the opposition and proceeds to betray his ideological allies, who submit for lack of an alternative?

Angry Fox Geezer Syndrome
February 01, 2011

A Frum Forum writer notes an interesting trend: People who find their parents are watching Fox News and losing their minds. To wit: Over the past couple of years, I’ve been keeping track of a trend among friends around my age (late thirties to mid-forties). Eight of us (so far) share something in common besides our conservatism: a deep frustration over how our parents have become impossible to take on the subject of politics.

Career Advice Corner
January 26, 2011

Conor Friedersdorf probably does not have a future as a pulp romance novelist.

Why I Care About Ayn Rand
December 30, 2010

Conor Friedersdorf takes issue with my Ayn Rand obsession: Over at The New Republic, Jonathan Chait continues his long-running jihad against Ayn Rand. One key to understanding the many people who cite her as an influence is that most of them, if forced to confront the whole of Objectivist philosophy, would reject large chunks of it and acknowledge its manifold flaws. So why do they consider themselves fans? The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged offer radical challenges to society as currently organized and morality as it is commonly taught.

Is The EPA Ignoring Congress with Its Climate Rules?
December 27, 2010

Last week, shortly before Christmas, the EPA posted a quick item on its website announcing a timetable for new climate regulations on power plants and petroleum refineries. This, in turn, provoked all sorts of outrage and confusion. Industry lobbyists blasted the move. James Inhofe predicted Armageddon and pledged to do whatever it took to thwart the agency. And some commenters framed this as a fresh power grab by the Obama administration. What was harder to find, though, was an explanation of what the EPA was actually doing. So let's roll tape.

The Individual Mandate And Right-Wing Hysteria: A Follow-Up
December 16, 2010

Conor Friedersdorf objects to my post about the individual mandate:  What does worry me is the notion that the federal government is no longer an entity of enumerated powers – that a limit on its scope purposefully established by the Founders no longer exists. It used to be a check and balance.

About My Job
September 07, 2010

Conor Friedersdorf lists some various conceptions of the role of an opinion journalist: The purpose of opinion journalism is... 1) make money. 2) attract an audience. 3) influence people. 4) ...

August 04, 2010

-- Adam de Jong explains how Rand Paul can win in deep-purple Kentucky. -- Conor Friedersdorf bemoans Newt Gingrich's descent into "ugly populism." -- David Frum, still a fairly orthodox neocon on foreign policy, refudiates the right-wing mosque boycott. -- Tom Tomorrow predicts the next great right-wing scandal.

A Sociologist Covers The News
June 07, 2010

Chris Beam's well-received piece imagining a news article written by political scientists has inspired Conor Friedersdorf to imagine a news article written by sociologists: NEW ORLEANS — Absent from the dialogue surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began on April 20, 2010 following an explosion that killed eleven workers, are the roles of class, race and especially gender.