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R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and a New York Times best-selling author. 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, The Washington Times, National Review, Harper's, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris) and elsewhere.

Articles by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

Bad Music and America's sick culture Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What’s playing at the Kennedy Center? Our sick culture

Last week, in this space, I wrote about culture and how essential it is to the politics of a nation. If the culture of a country is upbeat, the country will be fine. If the culture of a country is in decline, its politics will follow. Published May 30, 2023

Milton Friedman Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Milton Friedman’s school choice victory

Who's buried in Grant's tomb? Actually, President Ulysses S. Grant is buried in Grant's tomb, which comes as a surprise to young Americans educated in our modern educational factories. Published May 2, 2023

Former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll walks into Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in New York.  Jury selection is scheduled to begin in a trial over Carroll's claim that former President Donald Trump raped her nearly three decades ago in a department store dressing room.  (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)

E. Jean Carroll and me

I am about to put the finishing touches on my memoirs. The book will be about 400 pages in length, but I had a lot to reveal. Published April 25, 2023

Illustration on banning alcohol through a new prohibition by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Prohibitionists are at it again

The busybodies of the world health organizations are at it again. They are now renewing their assault on demon rum and related beverages. Published April 11, 2023

Inflation Crisis for Biden Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biden is responsible for inflation, but so are his voters

In President Biden's first year in office, people who believed in Milton Friedman's free-market economics watched the him heave trillions and trillions of dollars at the problems facing the country and were aghast. Published April 4, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions from the media in the Florida Cabinet following his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Texas and Florida are being led by tough-talking Republican governors weighing presidential runs as their state lawmakers debate especially strict legislation on border security. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

Floundering Ron DeSantis has no sense of ambiguity

In the course of my lifelong study of political science, I have noted that many political leaders of high achievement have an extraordinary aptitude for ambiguity, not to say dishonesty. Published March 21, 2023

Illustration on the 1619 Project by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Two birds, one stone: ‘1619 Project’ vindicates capitalism

I have long held that when the left gains control of an entity -- be it be a city, a university, or even a simple educational project -- it loses all awareness of what the initial purpose of that entity might have been. Published February 28, 2023

Cleaning Up Government Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Gingrich’s protest movement to clean up government

Today we have few politicians who can even read a book. One who can both read and write books is Newt Gingrich, and he also writes newspaper columns, which I commend to you. Published February 21, 2023

Illustration on national partisan polarization (Republicans and Democrats) by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Republicans are flocking to like-minded locales

There is a phenomenon that has been creeping across America for at least 30 years that I have yet to comment on. Social scientists, however, have been writing about it for a long time. Published February 14, 2023