Daniel J. Flynn

Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website, www.flynnfiles.com.   

The Weekly Standard’s Suicide


Reports indicate that The Weekly Standard soon joins Life, Look, Calling All Girls, Hit Parader, George, and Oui on the great newsstand in the sky. (Perhaps loyal “readers” find Oui on some lower-elevation newsstand.) Death by internet seems a tempting obit but it does not capture the self-inflicted nature of the magazine’s demise. Like the […]

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Censorship, Alas, Works


Twitter suspended Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy last week. Her offense? She wrote on the site that “men aren’t women.” A is A. 1 + 1 = 2. Water is wet. In North Korea, students learn that the United States started the Korean War. In Stalin’s Russia, the commissar vanishes from the photograph. In China, the […]

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Who Is John Roberts to Judge Trump?


“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts lectured the president this week in a prepared statement. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent […]

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‘Cult City’ in Your City


American Spectator writer Ross Kaminsky interviewed me on Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco for his morning show on KHOW in Denver earlier this week. Way back when, Ross hosted a weekend show. Now his program airs every weekday in a top-20 media market. This means he is […]

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Marked for Death 40 Years Ago, Jim Jones’s Nemesis Survives His Prophecy


Forty years ago Sunday, Jim Jones orchestrated the deaths of 918 people in Guyana. He blamed one man, also in Guyana at the time, for Peoples Temple’s demise and hoped aloud that his followers would murder him. “Can they not talk to San Francisco to see that [Tim] Stoen does not get by with this […]

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Meet the New Boss — Same as the Old Boss?


Nancy Pelosi won more than 85 percent of the vote in her district on Tuesday. Donald Trump received less than 10 percent of San Francisco’s ballots in 2016. In hailing from a city that bans plastic straws, freebie Happy Meal toys, and the sale of fur coats, Pelosi represents a parochial cosmopolitanism that does not […]

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Free Rein for Free Range?


Californians vote on Tuesday on what some see as a step to give the government free rein to make you eat free range. “Absolutely no reason in the world that anyone should have the right to tell you what you can and cannot eat,” Forrest Lucas, founder of Protect the Harvest and the Lucas Cattle […]

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Food Gentrification on the Ballot


“Food gentrification is those with money and satisfied choices dictating food options for those with neither,” Diane Sullivan, an anti-poverty activist, tells The American Spectator. In San Francisco, where a 385-square-feet studio apartment went for $537,000 earlier this year, residents know the value of space — and the perils of gentrification. But San Franciscans overwhelmingly […]

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Whitey Bulger

Government That Created Whitey Bulger Culpable in His Death


Winter Hill Gang leader James “Whitey” Bulger, who once “won” a multimillion-dollar prize from the Massachusetts lottery, ran out of luck in West Virginia Tuesday. The 89-year-old died in prison, violently, shortly after his transfer to the United States Penitentiary, Hazelton. The same federal government that empowered Bulger to murder enabled his murder through massive […]

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‘Culpability Is a Tricky Thing’


“Culpability is a tricky thing,” Julia Ioffe writes at the Washington Post. She nevertheless finds Donald Trump culpable in inspiring a murderer, wholly unconnected to him, of 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “His role is just to set the tone,” Ioffe writes of the president. “Their role is to do the […]

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