Kevin D. Williamson

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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 49)
OccupationRoving correspondent
EmployerNational Review
Political partyRepublican (before 2008)[1]

Kevin Daniel Williamson (born September 18, 1972) is an American conservative political commentator. He is the roving correspondent for National Review.[2]


Williamson has worked as a deputy managing editor[3] and theater critic for The New Criterion.[4] 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.[5] Williamson was the editor of The Bulletin, a now-defunct daily newspaper in Philadelphia.[6] Williamson is a longtime columnist at National Review.[7]

In 2018,[8][9] he briefly joined The Atlantic but his employment was terminated following public criticism of a 2014 Twitter discussion,[10] in which he suggested hanging as a criminal punishment for abortion,[11][12][13] as well as 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]


  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism. Regnery Publishing. 2011. ISBN 978-1596986497.
  • The Dependency Agenda. Encounter Books. 2012. ISBN 978-1594036637.
  • The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure. Broadside Books. 2013. ISBN 978-0-062-22068-4.
  • What Doomed Detroit. Encounter Books. 2013. ISBN 978-1594037467.
  • The Case Against Trump. Encounter Books. 2015. ISBN 978-1594038778.
  • The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics. Gateway Editions. 2019. ISBN 978-1621579687.
  • Big White Ghetto: Dead Broke, Stone-Cold Stupid, and High on Rage in the Dank Woolly Wilds of the "Real America". Regnery Publishing. 2020. ISBN 978-1621579694.


  • Kimball, Roger (2012). The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century. Encounter Books. ISBN 978-1594036323.
  • Kimball, Roger (2012). Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval. Encounter Books. ISBN 978-1-59403-634-7.


  1. ^ Williamson, Kevin (June 30, 2020). "The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg #227" (Interview). Interviewed by Jonah Goldberg.
  2. ^ "(NR articles by) Kevin D. Williamson". National Review Online. National Review. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  3. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. "Exchequer". National Review Online. National Review. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "(The New Criterion articles by) Kevin D. Williamson". The New Criterion. The New Criterion. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Small-Government Schmoozing: Scenes from a libertarian journalism conference". The Nation. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Philly's Bulletin Newspaper Is Resurrected". The New York Sun. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (April 8, 2018). "A Dissent Concerning Kevin Williamson". The Atlantic.
  8. ^ Weissmann, Jordan (March 27, 2018). "The Atlantic's Justifications for Hiring Conservative Troll Kevin Williamson Ring Awfully Hollow". Slate Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Jones, Sarah (March 28, 2018). "The Conservative Columnist Conundrum". The New Republic. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Abcarian, Robin (September 30, 2014). "Here's a guy advocating death by hanging for women who have abortions". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Strauss, Daniel (September 29, 2014). "National Review Writer: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Newell, Jim (September 30, 2014). "National Review writer's vile pro-life argument is logically consistent". Salon. Retrieved March 23, 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. Archived from the original on April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ Williamson, Kevin (July 1, 2013). "Abortion After Texas". National Review. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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