R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery.

He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. he is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.

Tom Wolfe Is Dead and I Am in Italy


Castelvetro di Modena, Italy On May 14th a star failed to come out. Tom Wolfe passed away that day. With his passing the conservative movement lost its greatest social critic, and America lost one of its greatest novelists. As a writer Tom was his own man. He died as he lived, on his terms or […]

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Why We Don’t Read Newspapers


Washington I once did a weekly column for the Washington Post. It appeared on Mondays, and was picked up in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, possibly Chicago and I believe Bull Snort, Georgia. It ran in a lot of newspapers, but that was many years ago. Things were different in America. Liberals were […]

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The Delusions and Collusions of the Hon. Kerry


Washington There is a whiff of the absurd about former Secretary of State Jean-François Kerry’s recent “aggressive yet stealthy mission” to New York City. “Aggressive yet stealthy” is how the Boston Globe described his mission, though to serious observers of this elongated buffoon the diplomatic mission was also comic. His return to diplomacy was as […]

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Jeff Bezos Knows His Milton Friedman


Washington Milton Friedman was not only a brilliant economist — a Nobel Laureate in fact — but he was a gifted writer. In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom he presciently explained how healthcare costs were going to leap out of control over the next decades. Sure enough they did. They multiplied from spending roughly […]

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Media Complicity in the Violence of Our Politics


Washington Has it been noted that the country’s political disagreements are becoming increasingly violent? About fifteen years ago “the angry left” appeared on the scene, and its indignant members got a lot of attention from the media. The enormous volume of press attention signaled the media’s manifest approval, if sotto voce. Next came the Occupiers’ […]

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Official Washington’s Crimes


William Casey was my lawyer. One day I came into my office and found a large man sitting on my desk. I greeted him amiably, and he greeted me amiably. Yet, he was still siting on my desk. At some point in our meeting we settled into a more conventional seating arrangement, and Bill began to tell me about the world as he analyzed it at the time, the late 1970s. I then made two decisions. If Bill agreed to be my lawyer I could take on anyone. What is more, he knew prodigious amounts about the world. He had brought charts and maps. He would be my foreign policy advisor.

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Remind You of Anyone?


Court historian James MacGregor Burns assesses the variegated persona of the Liberal savior, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds him surprisingly similar to another great American of more recent vintage: “By the end of his second term his bewildering complexity had become his most visible trait. He could be bold or cautious, informal or dignified, cruel […]

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Why Larry Kudlow Is Giving Donald a Chance


Washington The markets are on edge. Yet, then again, inflation is low, employment is high — in the case of blacks and Latinos historically high — and growth is healthy and looking to become very healthy. Dare we say it, robust? The reason for the edginess in the markets is that President Donald Trump has […]

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Picasso Was a Neanderthal, N’est-ce Pas?


Washington There have been some very auspicious developments in human evolutionary studies that ought to allow us a welcome respite from my usual political ramblings in this space. After all, politics of late has taken a turn toward the grisly. Just last week I reported that our intelligence community was, in fact, spying on Donald […]

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Partisanship and John Brennan’s Plot


Washington What passes for the current wisdom today contains a great deal of solemn slop. Yet there are some solemnities in the current wisdom that one assumes are legitimate. For instance, it is said that today partisanship is more intense than it has been since — I suppose — the Civil War, or at least […]

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