Christopher Caldwell (journalist)

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Christopher Caldwell
Born1962 (age 58–59)
Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, editor, author, writer
Alma materHarvard College

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]

Early life and education[edit]

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] Wall Street Journal, and the Claremont Review of Books.[11] Richard Aldous wrote in the WSJ wrote "It's curious that a book subtitled 'America Since the Sixties' doesn’t actually have much history in it," going on to say "The reader turns the page expectantly, waiting to see what Mr. Caldwell has to say about President Trump. We will never know, at least not from reading this book, because Mr. Caldwell ends in 2015. [...] That’s a shame, because “The Age of Entitlement” raises important questions not just about the future of the republic but about Western society more generally."[12] The Wall Street Journal went on to list it as one of their Best Political Books of 2020.[13]

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Zelda, is the daughter of journalist Robert Novak.[citation needed] Caldwell has five children.[citation needed] His daughter Lucy Caldwell was the Campaign Manager for Joe Walsh's presidential campaign challenging Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020.[14]


  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?". The Guardian. London. 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". The Guardian. London. 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. ^ Swaim, Barton (2020-12-10). "The Best Books of 2020: Politics". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  14. ^ 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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