John R. MacArthur

Why do neoliberals get let off the Iraq War hook?

16 April 2024 11:42 pm

Given the worldwide climate of political intolerance, I often try to deflect hostility by prefacing my comments with the old…

The left’s strangled language on Israel and Gaza

20 December 2023 5:17 am

As a left-wing sympathizer to the Palestinian cause, I cringed when I heard reports that college students around the country,…

What liberal America gets wrong about Trump supporters

24 October 2023 4:17 am

Hillary Clinton normally speaks in carefully crafted bromides, so when I read in the New York Post about her risqué suggestion during…

Why ‘woke’ doesn’t have the moral high ground

30 April 2023 12:45 pm

The much-overused word “woke” — basically meaning “to be at all moments of the day and night conscious of racial…

Meet the aristocrat plotting Macron’s downfall

22 April 2023 9:00 am

The aristocrat trying to bring down Macron

America’s woke assault on English

9 February 2023 2:35 am

Each time an American institution commits a new corruption of the English language in the name of ‘social justice,’ US wire services, assisted…

Randi Weingarten isn’t going anywhere

15 December 2022 3:42 pm

It was eerily warm in New York the day before the midterm elections, and the president of the American Federation…

Will Mélenchon upend the French political establishment?

18 June 2022 9:00 am

How much of a threat to Macron is France’s new left coalition?

The descent of New York

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Aggression is everywhere in New York

Joe Biden is winning

25 March 2022 6:26 am

By the middle of January, I’d read some version of the headline “Biden Can Still Rescue His Presidency” so many…

Biden isn't FDR

15 November 2021 9:40 am

With Biden sliding to 38 per cent approval in the polls, it’s finally time for everyone to stop calling him…

You can't keep an American exceptionalist down

12 September 2021 7:34 am

Like millions of other Americans I was riveted by the images of chaos and despair at the Kabul airport as US…

The decline of American journalism

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The US press has lost its way

Is Trump more left-wing than Biden?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Trump sometimes appears more progressive than Biden


Is Trump more left-wing than Biden?

21 May 2020 2:01 pm

Just when it seemed that Donald Trump had finally committed political suicide — his notion of injecting disinfectant to cure…

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

25 April 2020 9:00 am

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

In this golden age of corruption, it takes much courage to be a whistleblower

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Midway through Crisis of Conscience, the massive new compendium about US whistleblowers by the journalist Tom Mueller, I wanted to…

Alfred Dreyfus is being erased all over again

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In London to promote a book, I received an invitation to a secret screening of An Officer and a Spy,…


Elizabeth Warren is the Hillary Clinton of 2020

24 October 2019 5:46 am

This article is in The Spectator’s November 2019 US edition. Subscribe here. How did Elizabeth Warren, a left-wing populist, become the candidate…

Why won’t the Democrats impeach Trump?

15 June 2019 9:00 am

 New York For leftist anti-Trumpers like me, the Mueller report was initially a godsend, though not for the more obvious…

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Why won’t the Democrats impeach Trump?

13 June 2019 1:42 pm

For leftist anti-Trumpers like me, the Mueller report was initially a godsend, though not for the more obvious reasons. I…

Jeff Bezos isn’t a resistance hero – he’s a ruthless monopolist

16 February 2019 9:00 am

It is tempting to view the blow-up between Amazon’s billionaire owner Jeff Bezos and David Pecker, publisher of the tabloid…

The death of American civility

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My father, an avowed liberal, taught me old-school manners: hold the door and give up your seat for ladies; stand…

The right stuff: I’ll miss my friend Tom Wolfe

19 May 2018 9:00 am

To some, Tom Wolfe’s death might seem a greater loss for readers on the right wing of American culture and…

What was Donald Trump’s father doing at a notorious KKK rally in 1927?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The figure of Donald Trump looms over Sarah Churchwell’s new history of American national identity, which highlights the ugliest features…