Author Archives: James P. Pinkerton

About James P. Pinkerton

James P. Pinkerton is a contributor to the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on the Fox “News Watch” show, the highest-rated media-critique show on television. He is a former columnist for Newsday, and is the editor of He has written for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The Huffington Post, and The Jerusalem Post. He is the author of What Comes Next: The End of Big Government--and the New Paradigm Ahead (Hyperion: 1995). He worked in the White House domestic policy offices of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and in the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. In 2008 he served as a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Married to the former Elizabeth Dial, he is a graduate of Stanford University.

Trump Revives a Tried and True Attack: Shaming Our Cities

From Baltimore to San Francisco, many of America’s urban areas are blighted and in desperate need of reform.

Want More Energy and Less Climate Change? Plant Trees

There’s very little that our precious forests can’t do—and we should start taking advantage.

Searching for Kissinger’s ‘Decent Interval’ in Afghanistan

Make no mistake, we’re coming home. The only question is how long the fig leaf will be.

Donald Trump Brings Back Manifest Destiny

And good for him. Nations have always competed for strategically placed land and resources.

50 Years Later, the Spirit of ’69 Feels Like a Hangover

With the death of Peter Fonda this week, ‘Easy Rider’ and its dated cultural baggage ride into the sunset.

After Epstein, Our Elites Must Reform or Face the Fire

Percy Shelley and post-French Revolution England show how a society can preserve itself even in the face of corruption.

We’ve Defeated Domestic Terror Before and We Can Do It Again

By taking the same tough law-and-order approach that snuffed out anarchists, fascists, and leftist radicals in the past.

And Then They Came For the Left’s Sacred Symbols

What to do when a Marxist mural depicting a dark side of American history is suddenly on the chopping block?

The Left Burns a Heretic: Nancy Pelosi

Clamoring for her head because she isn’t sufficiently pro-Squad, they seem to hate her more than they do Trump and the GOP.

Did ‘The Squad’ Just Make Trump’s Day?

Dems think they won this round by declaring him racist by official decree. They may not be smiling for long.

Lock Him Up

Jeffrey Epstein’s trial may do what no other could: Bring populists and progressives together against predatory elites.

The 2020 Democratic Party Goes Full McGovern

They’re coddling the Left, ignoring mob violence, and arguing over busing. That didn’t work so out well last time around.

The Post-Liberals Are Ready to Rumble

The passing of the Boomers and demographic changes may give thinkers like Sohrab Ahmari a unique opportunity.

How Capitalism Created a Bulwark Against Chinese Repression

People, both in Hong Kong and on the mainland, like getting rich—and may even want freedom too.

Down, Down, Down the YouTube Rabbit Hole

Feel like Alice in Wonderland? Well this is the Algarchy–rule by algorithms–where no one gets out unscathed.

Forget Our Money, Big Tech Has a Monopoly On Our Minds

We now face the greatest challenge of all: the impact of algorithms on human cognition.

China’s Cyber-Authoritarianism is on the March

Big data is being used to enslave the world’s most populous nation—and it’s happening here too.

Josh Hawley, the Senator From Main Street

A new kind of Republican, he talks more about despair and the elites than taxes and Reagan.

We Need a Biden, Not an AOC Solution to Climate Change

His Green approach indicates a level of seriousness, whereas she seems resigned to marginalization.

Struggling To Find That ‘Greatest Generation’ Sequel

The Army brings back its ‘pinks and greens’ uniform, but it will take more than nostalgia to revive this era.

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