Christopher Caldwell (journalist)

Christopher Caldwell (born 1962) is an American journalist and a former senior editor at The Weekly Standard, as well as a regular contributor to the Financial Times and Slate. He is a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and contributing editor to The Claremont Review of Books.[1] 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’’.[citation needed]

Christopher Caldwell
Born1962 (age 57–58)
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.[citation needed]


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."[2] 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".[3] Others were more blunt, accusing Caldwell of stoking what The Guardian referred to as a "culture of fear".[4][5][6] Caldwell insists that he is "instinctively pro-immigration" and conscious of the media tendency to "sensationalize stories against Muslims".[7]

In 2020 he published The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties, in which he argues that the civil rights movement has had significant unintended consequences: "Just half a decade into the civil rights revolution, America had something it had never had at the federal level, something the overwhelming majority of its citizens would never have approved: an explicit system of racial preference. Plainly the civil rights acts had wrought a change in the country’s constitutional culture."[8] Caldwell writes that the Civil Rights Act 1964 was "not just a major new element in the Constitution," but "a rival constitution, with which the original one was frequently incompatible."[9] It was reviewed in the New York Times[10] and the Wall Street Journal.[11] The WSJ wrote "It's curious that a book subtitled 'America Since the Sixties' doesn’t actually have much history in it." Jonathan Rauch wrote of Caldwell's book, "If you think Caldwell sounds like Bannon, the self-appointed tribune of Trumpian working-class populism, you’re right."[12]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife, Zelda, is the daughter of journalist Robert Novak.[citation needed] Caldwell has five children.[citation needed] His daughter Lucy Caldwell is the Campaign Manager for Joe Walsh's presidential campaign challenging Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.[13]


  1. ^ "Claremont Institute | Recovering the American Idea". Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  2. ^ "Europe and Islam: A treacherous path?". The Economist. August 27, 2009. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Perry Anderson, 'Portents of Eurabia', The National, August 2009
  4. ^ Goodhart, David (2009-01-17). "Do we need more people in Europe?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (2009-08-15). "A culture of fear". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  7. ^ "An Interview with Christopher Caldwell". Pickled politics. 2009-06-03. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  8. ^ "'Civil Rights' And Totalitarianism". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  9. ^ MacDougald, Park (2020-01-21). "A New Conservative Theory of Why America Is So Polarized". Intelligencer. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  10. ^ Rauch, Jonathan (2020-01-17). "Did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  11. ^ Aldous, Richard (2020-01-17). "'The Age of Entitlement' Review: The Dividing Line". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  12. ^ Rauch, Jonathan (2020-01-17). "Did the Civil Rights Movement Go Wrong?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  13. ^ Olito, Frank. "11 of the most powerful women who are running the 2020 presidential campaigns from behind the scenes". Insider. Retrieved 2020-02-02.

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