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John O’Sullivan joins Whiskey Politics and generously covers many issues, starting with O’Sullivan’s Law: “All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.” We discuss Trump’s UN speech, North Korea (#Dotard!), William F. Buckley, today’s National Review and those opposing Trump, Europe in the age of Trump, why the conservative Australian model for immigration works, the worldwide attacks on free speech, and should Google and Facebook be nationalized?
John is a former editor at National Review and since been editor-at-large at National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. He is also president of the Danube Institute, a think tank devoted to promoting conservative and classical liberal ideas in Budapest, from where we had a fascinating discussion earlier this year with the Deputy Director and John’s better half, Melissa O’Sullivan. John also serves as director of 21st Century Initiatives in Washington DC. For decades John has been read, seen, and heard across the media and served as Editor or Editor-in-Chief at many publications including The Times (London), Daily Telegraph, New York Post editorial, and others.
John was a special advisor and speechwriter for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and authored the 1987 Conservative Party manifesto. He is the author of “The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World” which suggested the simultaneous presence of Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II was the cause of the Soviet collapse. Mr. O’Sullivan was recently appointed editor of the distinguished Australian journal Quadrant.
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In music: “Dirty Weekend,” Joel Goodman. Out music: “Built to Last,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.