Salam at the 2008 Texas Book Festival
|Born||Reihan Morshed Salam
29 December 1979
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Reihan Morshed Salam (/ /; born December 29, 1979) is a conservative American political commentator, columnist, and author. He is the executive editor of National Review and a columnist for Slate, as well as a contributing editor at National Affairs, an interviewer for VICE, and a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He has also appeared on a number of radio and television shows, including NPR's Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Tell Me More, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, NBC Universal's The Chris Matthews Show, WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, BBC's Newsnight, ABC's This Week, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, and American Public Media's Marketplace.
Salam was born in Brooklyn. His parents are Bangladeshi-born immigrants who arrived in New York in 1976; his father is an accountant and his mother is a dietician. Salam attended Stuyvesant High School and Cornell University before transferring to Harvard University, where he was a member of the Signet Society and lived in Pforzheimer House. He graduated from Harvard in 2001 with an A.B. degree in Social Studies.
Grand New Party
In 2008 he co-authored Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream with Ross Douthat. The book grew from an influential cover story for The Weekly Standard, which called for a reinvention of Republican domestic policy.
The Republican party, Salam and Douthat argued, had become "out of touch with its own base" and that its Bush-era, big-government policies were "an evolutionary dead end." Salam and Douthat instead advocated "tak[ing] the 'big-government conservatism' vision" of Bush and giving it "coherence and sustainability" by vigorously serving the interests of the less affluent voters, who had become the party's base. The platform would include "an economic policy that places the two-parent family—the institution best capable of providing cultural stability and economic security—at the heart of the GOP agenda."
Political views and style
Salam has been described as "Literary Brooklyn's Favorite Conservative." He has written that he intends to "pump ideas into the bloodstream of American conservatism."
I write in the hope and expectation that people read people with whom they disagree to challenge their settled views. Suffice it to say, this isn't generally the case, but I'm happy to continue behaving as though it is, as it is true of enough people to justify the effort.
He strongly supported the Iraq War but has since called it a disaster of "world-historical proportions." He claims to advocate policies that strengthen traditional family structure and has supported gay marriage. He has described as "brilliant" figures like Canadian Marxist philosopher Gerald Cohen and Reagan adviser and neoclassical economist Martin Feldstein.
Among other things, Salam has taken a strong interest in congestion pricing and the encouragement of denser living arrangements, the promotion of natural gas and nuclear power, reform of the US tax code, and the fostering of a more competitive and diverse marketplace of educational providers. He also supports illegal drug decriminalization in the US.
He has called for reducing immigration levels to encourage assimilation and integration.
He has courted controversy for advocating the end of automatic birthright citizenship, the legalization of prostitution, and the financing of more generous tax breaks for parents by higher taxes on affluent childless adults.
He believes it is "racist" for people to date only those of their own race.
In April 2014, he controversially suggested for nonparents to be taxed more and parents taxed less so that the parenting burden would be shared by society.
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- "They're Young, They're Bright, They Tilt Right". n+1. n+1. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Salam, Reihan (24 June 2009). "Inner Neocons". The American Scene. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- Salam, Reihan (2013-08-16). "The sober way to legalize marijuana". Reuters.
- Salam, Reihan (2014-10-31). "American melting pot: How slowing down immigration could help us build a more cohesive and humane society". Slate.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Salam, Reihan (2014-09-04). "Poverty in the suburbs: Places that thrived in the era of two-parent families are struggling today". Slate.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Salam, Reihan (2014-06-27). "San Francisco housing policy: It would be a better city if twice as many people lived there". Slate.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- "De Blasio's Welfare Mistake".
- "Alcohol Taxes Should Be Tripled".
- "A Better Solution to America's Immigration Problem".
- "It's Time for Legalized Prostitution".
- "Tax the Childless".
- Salam, Reihan (2014-04-22). "OkCupid and race: Is it racist to date only people of your own race?". Slate.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Salam, Reihan (2014-03-31). "Tax credits and children: Parents should pay lower taxes, and childless people should pay higher taxes". Slate.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Official Website
- Profile of Salam at TheAmericanScene.com
- Profile of Salam at The New America Foundation site
- Slate articles by Salam
- Video debates featuring Reihan Salam on Bloggingheads.tv
- Reihan Salam at the Internet Movie Database
- "They're Young, They're Bright, They Tilt to the Right" A conversation with Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam from n+1
- Review Essay by Salam in March/April Foreign Affairs The Missing Middle in American Politics; How Moderate Republicans Became Extinct
- Appearances on C-SPAN