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Christopher Caldwell (born 1962) is an American journalist and senior editor at The Weekly Standard, as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times and Slate. His writing also frequently appears in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, where he is a contributing editor to the paper's magazine, and The Washington Post. He was also a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Press and the assistant managing editor of The American Spectator.

Christopher Caldwell
Born1962 (age 56–57)
Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, editor, author, writer
Alma materHarvard College

Early life and educationEdit

Caldwell was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied English literature.


Caldwell's 2009 book Reflections on the Revolution In Europe, which deals with increased Muslim immigration to Europe, received mixed reactions. The Economist newspaper called it "an important book as well as a provocative one: the best statement to date of the pessimist’s position on Islamic immigration in Europe."[1] The Marxist historian Perry Anderson, though critical of his arguments, nonetheless called it "the most striking single book to have appeared, in any language, on immigration in Western Europe".[2] Others were more blunt, accusing Caldwell of stoking what The Guardian referred to as a "culture of fear".[3][4][5] Caldwell insists that he is "instinctively pro-immigration" and conscious of the media tendency to "sensationalise stories against Muslims".[6] On August 2nd, 2019, Caldwell published a highly contentious article criticizing 16-year-old Greta Thunberg for her climate activism, calling it undemocratic and characterizing her as using "crude language", "simplification" and being "unqualified".[7]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife Zelda is the daughter of journalist Robert Novak.[8] He has five children.


  • Left Hooks, Right Crosses: A Decade of Political Writing (Nation books), edited by Christopher Hitchens and Christopher Caldwell. Perseus. 2002. ISBN 978-1-56025-409-6
  • Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West. London, Allen Lane. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7139-9936-5
  • Une révolution sous nos yeux, comment l'Islam va transformer la France et l'Europe, préface de Michèle Tribalat, éditions du Toucan, octobre 2011. ISBN 978-2-8100-0444-7


  1. ^ "Europe and Islam: A treacherous path?". The Economist. August 27, 2009. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Perry Anderson, 'Portents of Eurabia', The National, August 2009
  3. ^ Goodhart, David (2009-01-17). "Do we need more people in Europe?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  4. ^ "Europe is changing to accommodate Islam, says US author". NRC Handelsblad. 2009-09-08. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  5. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (2009-08-15). "A culture of fear". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  6. ^ "An Interview with Christopher Caldwell". Pickled politics. 2009-06-03. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  7. ^ "The Problem with Greta Thunberg". The New York Times. 2019-08-03.
  8. ^ "Robert Novak Dies at 78". All 4 Free Here. 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-09-27.

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