Josh Hammer

Josh Hammer is Newsweek opinion editor, a research fellow at the Edmund Burke Foundation, a syndicated columnist, and counsel and policy advisor at the Internet Accountability Project.


The Deliberalizing Imperative Share This

Mar 17, 2021

The New Right, which stands for nothing if not resuscitating a long-moribund communitarian– and nationalism-inspired strand of conservative thought, is not per se “illiberal,” but certainly questions the limitations of a “conservative” right-liberalism defined by little more than values-neutral proceduralism. Various shades of “illiberals,” “post-liberals,” and even plain-old conservative skeptics of our overly liberalized post-World War II “conservative […]

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A Consolidationist Agenda for the Right Share This

Mar 10, 2021

Like so many others here on The Commons, I have been delighted by the recent explosion of intellectual energy on the American Right as it pertains to family policy. Considering the near-ubiquitous rhetorical rebranding of the post-Trump GOP as a working-class party, and the party’s envisioned future political base as that of a multiracial working-class […]

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Reclaim Democracy From Technocracy Share This

Jan 18, 2021

Our present predicament, characterized as it by an emboldened and rapacious post-U.S. Capitol siege Big Tech edifice all too eager to dutifully serve as a repressive ruling class appendage, was perfectly encapsulated on Friday by two of my Commons co-bloggers. R.R. Reno, writing at First Things, observed that “Big Tech’s power to define the limits of free […]

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The Ramifications of a Regime-Level Politics Share This

Jan 11, 2021

The quite clearly collusive actions of the Big Tech giants, in recent days, accelerate even further the national reckoning that has been overdue at least since Big Tech’s coordinated “Pearl Harbor attack” against the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper on the precipice of the monumental recent presidential election. The actions represent an epochal escalation in the ruling class’s war […]

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Progressive Hypocrisy and Our COVID Lockdown Opportunity Share This

Nov 24, 2020

As large swaths of the country prepare to re-enter COVID-19 lockdowns—my current city of Denver, for instance, banned all indoor dining just last week—it is worth pausing to again lament the ham-fisted, blunderbuss nature of most of these virus-fighting measures. As many presciently pointed out at an early stage of the outbreak, mass, society-wide lockdowns are, at […]

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Big Business Is Not Our Friend Share This

Nov 16, 2020

My friend Ryan Williams, Claremont Institute president, had an important tweet thread shortly before the election. With conversations already escalating about where we on the Right—especially the “new Right“—now go from here, Ryan’s thread takes on a special importance. I am reproducing his tweets here, and will then add a bit of my own commentary.

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What To Do After Big Tech’s Pearl Harbor Attack on the New York Post Share This

Oct 26, 2020

As of this writing, the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, has been locked out of its own Twitter account for almost two weeks. It is not entirely obvious why. But what we do know is that, to date, neither Joe nor Hunter Biden has denied the veracity of the Post‘s divulged “Hunter files” email trove […]

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Conservatism Must Be Chastened by Humility Share This

Oct 14, 2020

Re: The Three Deadly Sins of the Right

If a realigned Republican Party is to emerge as a viable national political force, the ever–incisive Henry Olsen will be one of its leading architects. His American Compass essay, “The Three Deadly Sins of the Right,” once again shows us why. I would merely like to expand upon Olsen’s groundwork. The combined effect of Olsen’s second and […]

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A Conservative Jurisprudence Worthy of a Conservative Economics Share This

Sep 21, 2020

The New Right, in contradistinction to the liberalized Hayekian governing mentality that American Compass’s Oren Cass has called “Let the Market Rip,” is unafraid to wield the levers of political power in the service of good political order. Here at Compass, while we often disagree among ourselves as to specific economic policy disputes, there is […]

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On the Astonishing Success of Tucker Carlson Share This

Jul 07, 2020

Last week, I joined Steve Deace’s BlazeTV podcast to discuss the astonishing success of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and the forward-looking implications of that success for both conservative media and American conservatism itself. Carlson, much to the chagrin of “woke” capitalists and astroturfing leftists, now has the highest-rated cable news show in television history. […]

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