About

photoThis blog is where I post odds and ends. Most of my writing is done at The Federalist, where I’m a senior editor. I’m also a nationally syndicated columnist through Creators Syndicate (contact them here if you would like to carry my column), a Happy Warrior columnist at National Review and author of three books. My work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, New York Post, Reason, Jerusalem Post, and numerous other publications. I’ve appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and dozens of radio talk shows across the country.

You can follow me @davidharsanyi.

31 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m just wondering if there was any fact checking done on the Islamophobia story. I checked all the claims of other students and aside from there being no direct relevance to a boy being arrested for bringing in a home made clock there also seems to be less than accurate information.

    1. Liberals are done debating? Debating what? Facts? You must be an intelligent person David, why are you so willfully ignorant of facts? I would be much more likely to engage in a debate if conservatives like you would agree on the empirical facts of the matters of discussion. Instead your tact is base your opinion and attacks on a contrived denial of logic and reason. Not fair.

  2. Thank you for writing, David.
    Wonderful.

    Remember, as the kids say, rightly, ‘Haters hate’.
    Smile and keep going.

    Those that deny your argument are of two types:
    1) they have been in a cave for a decade or more – poor things
    2) or they love their self imposed blinders.

    And please remember, when you bring up facts, you threaten their existence.

    Utterly.

    You present what is an ‘existential threat’ to a liberal’s mind.
    Their leftism is their dogma.
    Fact do not matter.
    Particularly, results do not matter.
    Only feelings and intentions.
    Environmentalism is their substitute religion.
    If supply-side actually worked, as the numbers in the 80s showed, then work and savings and family and law and limited government have a ‘provable success’ and be good for the USA (jingoist!) and the rest of the world (colonialist!).

    Hang in, sir!

    Richard

  3. Always enjoy your articles, Mr. Harsanyi. The Dec. 4 article on Climate Talks was very good except for one item. Your comment on their preposterous exaggerations having as much to do history and science as the Book of Revelation. I agree these people are over the top. But I would have made a different analogy or comparison. Knowledgeable Christians are very aware of the fact that the Book of Revelation is indeed a textbook of history delineated chronologically from the time of John to the end of time.

    Otherwise, thank for your wonderful writings.

  4. Dave – Thank you for such a fine example of journalistic vitriol! I just read your piece “Donald Trump hates your cheap phone”. It joyfully brought back the days of my youth when my parents and grandparents berated me for loving those hated Beatles with their funny hair and their lack of musical knowledge, training and experience. Just a fad for ignorant people. ESTABLISHED people with talent and a track record from days gone by, like Frank Sinatra, that is what the intelligent people listened to. Oh my, those Beatles even talked funny and said ridiculous things. Yep, Trump haters do bring back a wave of nostalgia.
    Your editorial style of looking down from that lofty writer’s peak reminds me of Keith Olberman. Do you know him? You kind of look like him too. Good old Keith. Still fighting to be relevant.
    Thank you again for sharing your obviously superior intellect with us. I cherish every word and I now fully realize the ignorance of the Trump fad. Thank you, thank you! The world is a better place because of your talent.
    Dave, I am over 60, I still work for a living and I am not even a “minority” or “undocumented”. I am heterosexual and proud of it, so I am as irrelevant as it gets. However, I have learned to embrace it. You should too.

  5. I just finished reading your article about the Obama administration apologizing for winning WWII. Most of your article I agree with; however, when you talk about the Nankin massacre, I draw a line. We know about the numbers of this so-called massacre from whom? China of course. There are actually no outside sources to verify this fact. Isn’t it amazing that during the Tokyo Trials, there was no evidence brought up that such a massacre had happened. The west got it’s information from an American who was working for the Chinese propaganda machine at the time. There is only a massacre because the communist Chinese government made one and made everyone believe that there was one. You are a journalist. You know how easy it is to manipulate a picture with no context or a story without actual factual proof to make it seem real. After WWII it was easy to verify the devastation and destruction of Europe and that of the two atomic bombs in Japan. However, this was not the case in China. China didn’t want to be left out of the victim game.

  6. David, your article on Kerry’s apology visit to Japan on behalf of the Traitor in Chief was spot on with one glaring exception: as an honest conservative, I can not agree that the USA does not get into wars over obtaining oil. Iraq 2.0 is a sad exception to America’s desires, at least since 1914, to get into conflict for noble reasons. As muddy as the waters got post-invasion, the initial decision was ignoble and based solely on the lies and manipulations of those with Halliburton-Kellogg’s bottom line in mind. It is a stain on our history which has caused misery and blowback.

  7. А со мной происшествие увлекательный случился. выбрал я проститутку на всю ночь. Причем выбрал самую копеечную, хотя очень даже симпатичную. Откувыркались вдвоем успешно. В чем-то она оказалась не особо умелая, но при этом за ночь напролет удалось испытать на себе все предоставляемые секс за деньги. ощущения, в основном, передала не выдающиеся. основное интригующее произошло по утру. прикиньте мое удивление, что проснувшись после непродолжительного сна, я заметил ее на своей кухоньке в процессе подготовки еды. Я, конечно, разумею, что проститутки Москвы тоже хотят питаться, и она скорее готовила для себя, а не для меня. однако очень даже, приятно. хоть сыронизировали вследствие этого, точно ежели мне интересовали транссексуалы Москвы, то остался бы действительно с пустым желудком.

  8. David, I just read your piece “The Aspirin Eaters”. Some years ago, I came upon a book called Heal Your Headache, by Dr. David Buchholz. The beginning of the book may appear a little bit simplistic, (though the author is a highly qualified medical doctor and researcher out of Johns Hopkins) but its explanations and suggestions were put together in a way that was more helpful to me than anything I previously had seen. I am still a migraineur, but at a level far more manageable than I’d ever hoped. Just wanted to share this. Regards, Eileen

      1. David, I get the same type of headaches (weather related mostly).A couple of things that might help: Excederin makes a “Tension Headache” formula with acetaminophen and caffeine but no aspirin. It works about as well for me with less stomach issues. I also buy caffeine tablets at the drugstore and chop them into quarters because sometimes Caffeine alone works–so why add extra drugs? I get rebound headaches from these but the weather migraines were there without the drugs so until there is a better solution…Best wishes.

  9. Just read your article on Bill Nye. You forgot to mention the rising sea level that is putting Pacific islands underwater and the State of Louisiana property that is no longer inhabitable and the daily tidal floods in Miami. That is not my imagination or junk science. We don’t yet know the total effect of the melting of the glaciers around the globe, but I can say without hesitation that it is happening and sooner or later the quality of life on earth as we know it now will be much different and not in a good way. I choose to believe that CO2 that has increased dramatically over the last 150 years. Do to the industrial revolution and the overwhelming increase in the worlds population has sped up the ordinary chain of events that cause climate change in general. Either way, we need to decrease the use of fossil fuel and go to the non polluting power sources that are available. Exon Mobile could be the power company of the future with solar just as easy as they are with petroleum. Using the last decade as your chief indicator is not enough for a planet that is billions of years old. I have no idea if you believe that the earth is billions of years old. Climate change includes cold as well as heat.

  10. I read an article you posted by chance, and immediately recognized you as a one-dimensional fundamentalist. You are ignorant either by stupidity or by choice, but either way, you are a nugget. Go fuck yourself.

  11. Mr. Harsanyi:

    I’m commenting regarding your article in today’s Washington Post about weeding out ignorant voters. I agree it would help if voters were better informed, but the larger problem is not a lack of information but an inability, or unwillingness, to reason. Many people know facts, but they do not use those facts to logically think through issues to reach a decision. People today are mentally lazy. They want instant answers. This makes them irrational.

    1. I very much agree, but also would argue that even the rational, informed and mentally active voters have tremendous potential for error. That is why it is important to safeguard individual rights, maintain a balance of powers, and limit the level of coercion permitted in governmental activity.

  12. I am also commenting on your editorial in the Washington Post. My criticism is mostly directed at the news media but it is always directed at people like you, the intelligentsia or America, who refuse to understand what the ignorant masses need.

    First, they need the news media to start communicating like teachers instead of entertainers. That could be done just by giving every government employee a paid vacation day on the Monday closest to Tax Freedom Day. This new fringe benefit for so many government employees will make most taxpayers madder than an unregulated firecracker. Which will make it profitable for newspapers to publish an annual one week review of events and conditions. And this annual one week remedial education course could be updated six months later with a one weekend review right before people vote in November.
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    Second, every newspaper should republish their annual reviews as an ebook or print of demand paperback book so people can buy an annual textbook on government of the people, etc, etc. The largest newspapers could sell more “textbooks” by including fifty to one hundred book reviews for the previous year’s most important books. So even if more people don’t buy more books because of the book reviews, they will still become more educated just by reading the book reviews.
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    Third, every state must be compelled to reschedule their caucuses and primaries for Congress and the Presidency at least two weeks after the Taxpayers Holiday. This will make the remedial education courses more exciting. But no one in the news media is interested in communicating like a teacher. And intellectuals like yourself refuse to admit that the voters need a gimmick to make them work harder.

  13. Mr. Harsanyi,

    If you have the privilege of voting in American elections, please refrain from doing so until you have studied basic American history. With your May 21s editorial in the Washington Post, you have shown yourself to be ignorant of the modern electoral process. Your process for “weeding out’ what you feel are ignorant voters is essentially a literacy tests. Anyone with a basic understanding of American history knows that these an held to be unconstitutional. I would also recommend researching the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well.

    Sincerely,

    An informed American citizen

  14. David…great article in Washington Post (re: “We must weed out ignorant voter”)! I have felt that lower the voting age to 18 year-olds was a terribly irresponsible act of pandering by our Congress. Given the stats you cited in your article and some of the antecdol surveys conduct by various media have demonstrated voter ignorance is a systemic problem. We require written testing to obtain driver’s licenses and immigrants who seeking citizenship must pass a civics and history exam. I can speak from experience of raising two sons through the 1980s and 1990s that it was a definite challenge to get them to the point of civics literacy to make informed electoral decisions. We did not try to brainwash them to our views, but to objectively understand and decide…they were products of the internet generation and it was initially hard for them to not just leap to whatever the “internet” had to say on any particular topic.

    Our founding fathers had a very narrow view about voting rights and rightfully so as it appears today’s electorate is living proof of the outcomes of allowing just anyone vote. I am not suggesting we revert to the our earlier sufferage rules, but I do think we out to be required to demonstrate our competency to vote via a written test…in our official language.

  15. Rcd this: “In his oped in the Washington Post We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate, Conservative columnist and senior editor at The Federalist David Harsanyi says never before have so many people with so little knowledge made so many consequential decisions for the rest of us.
    He writes, “Now, some of you will accuse me of peddling crass elitism. But I say the opposite is true. Unlike the many who depend on ignorant voters to wield and secure their power, I refuse to believe that working-class or underprivileged citizens are any less capable of understanding the meaning of the Constitution or the contours of governance than the supercilious 1-percenters. I believe this despite the widespread failure of public schools to teach children basic civics. It’s still our responsibility as voters.”
    ____________________________________

    Am I reading this correctly in seeing that the author considers “working-class or underprivileged citizens” to be the main examples of “ignorant voters”?

    1. While I cannot speak for David, I did not read it that way…in fact my read was exactly the the opposite…the working middle class is typically wel informed and knowledgeable about the electoral decisions; however, they are disenfranchised by a larger block of ignorant voters who the politicians (left and right) pander to through political dependency. The perfect example is how moveon.org convinced people to vote for Obama-Biden’s rhetoric over substance.

  16. Just read your column advocating that we resurrect the literacy test for voters. As I am sure you well know, before the Supreme Court struck it down as being used to cull African American voters, literacy tests were the most common means used by Southern Conservatives to prevent Blacks in the South from registering to vote. I find your column insulting and demeaning to my intelligence. There is no way to prevent unscrupulous voter registrars from using any form of literacy test to discriminate based on any forbidden and unconstitutional criteria. The only way to guarantee otherwise is to outlaw all such tests. No exceptions. Do people really pay you to write this claptrap?

    1. Regarding David Harsanyi’s Op Ed decrying the state of voter ignorance of our constitution and government, his nostrum importuning such voters to stay away from the voting booth is not only impractical but also won’t solve the root of the problem.

      If his standard of voter intelligence is the easy citizenship test given to immigrants, which he notes that many voters would flunk, a good start would be to simply require passage of that test (if not a more rigorous one) by all high school students before they enter the voting booth. We have drivers ed, why not voters ed? Contrary to some commenters, this requirement for graduation would not be unconstitutional as a poll tax or literacy test.

      Sadly, our deplorable curriculum, where courses in civics and government have become endangered species, has produced the state of low voter intelligence that Harsanyi criticizes.

  17. Dear Mr. Harsanyi…

    Thank you for your impassioned piece, “By Rejecting ‘Radical Islam,’ Obama Rejects Reality.” At face value, your title suggests a premise with which I vehemently disagree, and your tongue-in-cheek rhetoric inspires in your readers a tangential view deflecting from the core of the matter, in my opinion, but overall your approach to more deeply understanding the root causes of terrorism is laudable and I am learning more and more to engage with people with whom I disagree, not to prove a point or win arguments but rather to come to a deeper understanding.

    My view on the subject of how to identify and understand the root causes of modern terrorism conducted or sponsored by Middle East nations, states, movements or any ad hoc group/organization/individual is deeply informed by, among other things, a 1991 paper from Sheldon L. Richman, former senior editor at the CATO Institute, entitled ” “Ancient History”: U.S. Conduct in the Middle East Since World War Il and the Folly Of Intervention. Perhaps this paper is already required reading for most foreign policy journalists concentrating on Middle Eastern affairs but, if there is perhaps an opportunity through which you would care to (re)read and/or discuss this view further, I will welcome it.

    Many thanks for your time.

  18. Your article “By Rejecting ‘Radical Islam,’ Obama Rejects Reality” posted 6/15/16 was excellent, and really explained an issue that needed to be addressed.

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