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Kevin Daniel Williamson (born September 18, 1972) is an American conservative political commentator. He is the roving correspondent for National Review.[1]

Kevin D. Williamson
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Kevin D. Williamson hosting a FreedomFest panel in 2016
Kevin Daniel Williamson

(1972-09-18) September 18, 1972 (age 47)
OccupationWriter, journalist


Williamson has worked as a deputy managing editor[2] and theater critic for The New Criterion.[3] Williamson has also worked at the Mumbai-based Indian Express Group; the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Journal Register Newspapers; the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, where he directed the journalism and communication programs; and as an adjunct professor at The King's College.[4] Williamson was the editor of The Bulletin, a now-defunct daily newspaper in Philadelphia.[5]

Williamson is a longtime columnist at National Review.[6] As of March 2019, he serves as its roving correspondent.[7]

In 2018, Williamson briefly joined The Atlantic. His employment was terminated following public criticism of a 2014 Twitter discussion in which he suggested hanging as a criminal punishment for abortion[8][9][10][11][12][13] and his reiteration of this suggestion on his National Review podcast in 2014.[14] Williamson later wrote that his comments had been intended to "mak[e] a point about the sloppy rhetoric of the abortion debate" rather than to promote capital punishment,[15] noting that he had previously expressed strong reservations about capital punishment in general.[16]


Williamson is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (2011, Regnery),[17] The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome (2013, HarperCollins/Broadside Books),[18][19] The Dependency Agenda (2013, Encounter Books),[20] and The Case against Trump (2015, Encounter Books),[21] and has contributed chapters to The New Leviathan: The State Vs. the Individual in the 21st Century (2013, Encounter Books)[22] and Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval (2013, Encounter Books).[23]

Williamson's latest book, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics, came out in July 2019.[24] The book has received mixed reviews.[25][26][better source needed]


  1. ^ "(NR articles by) Kevin D. Williamson". National Review Online. National Review. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. "Exchequer". National Review Online. National Review. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "(The New Criterion articles by) Kevin D. Williamson". The New Criterion. The New Criterion. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Small-Government Schmoozing: Scenes from a libertarian journalism conference". The Nation. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Philly's Bulletin Newspaper Is Resurrected". The New York Sun. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (April 8, 2018). "A Dissent Concerning Kevin Williamson". The Atlantic.
  7. ^ "Michael Blatt's Made Up Attack". March 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Abcarian, Robin (September 30, 2014). "Here's a guy advocating death by hanging for women who have abortions". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Strauss, Daniel (September 29, 2014). "National Review Writer: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Newell, Jim (September 30, 2014). "National Review writer's vile pro-life argument is logically consistent". Salon. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Jones, Sarah (March 28, 2018). "The Conservative Columnist Conundrum". The New Republic. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Linker, Damon (October 3, 2014). "This abortion opponent wants to execute women who have abortions. Don't act so shocked". The Week. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Weissmann, Jordan (March 27, 2018). "The Atlantic's Justifications for Hiring Conservative Troll Kevin Williamson Ring Awfully Hollow". Slate Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Kahn, Sharon (April 4, 2018). "Kevin Williamson also said on his podcast that people who've had abortions should be hanged". Media Matters For America. Retrieved June 14, 2018. I do support that, in fact, as I wrote, what I had in mind was hanging" and "I would totally go with treating it like any other crime up to and including hanging...I’ve got a soft spot for hanging as a form of capital punishment. I tend to think that things like lethal injection are a little too antiseptic...quasi-medical -- yeah, if the state is going to do violence, let’s make it violence.
  15. ^ Williamson, Kevin (April 20, 2018). "When the Twitter Mob Came for Me". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ Williamson, Kevin (July 1, 2013). "Abortion After Texas". National Review. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Williamson, Kevin (January 10, 2011). The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781596986497.
  18. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. (May 7, 2013). The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062220684.
  19. ^ "Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  20. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. (October 10, 2013). The Dependency Agenda. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036644.
  21. ^ Williamson, Kevin (November 17, 2015). The Case Against Trump. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594038785.
  22. ^ Kimball, Roger (October 10, 2013). The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036453.
  23. ^ Kimball, Roger (October 10, 2013). Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036477.
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  25. ^ "Williamson just grouses about the demos. We can agree, of course, that you should not idealize ‘the people’ when it contains so many embittered iconoclasts, paranoid pattern-seekers and tedious midwits. But we also have to accept that it was not the masses who came up with harebrained schemes like the Iraq war. It is not the masses who got rich off other people’s crippling opioid addictions. It is not the masses who enabled Jeffrey Epstein. Mocking the hoi polloi has its charms, but if you are going to be an elitist then a far more difficult endeavor would be making a case for a better elite."
  26. ^ "But, for someone who came to bury democracy, Williamson did not go far enough. He is correct in identifying the problems in the greater suggest that masses are by definition majority-moronic, and to expect a return of free individuals and independent thinking, is, for lack of a better word, utopian."

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