Tom Bethell

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Tom Bethell (/bəˈθɛl/; born July 17, 1936) is a journalist who writes mainly on economic and scientific issues, and is known for his writings on the market economy, political conservatism, and fringe science.

Life and career[edit]

Bethell was born and raised in London,[1] England. He was educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Oxford. A resident of the District of Columbia, he has lived in Virginia, Louisiana, and California. He is married to Donna R. Fitzpatrick of Washington, D.C.[2][3][4] He is a senior editor of The American Spectator and was for 25 years a media fellow of the Hoover Institution. He was formerly Washington editor of Harper's, and an editor of the Washington Monthly.[5]

Bethell was a member of the Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis[6] which denies that HIV causes AIDS. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science (2005), he promotes denial of the existence of man-made global warming, AIDS denialism, and denial of evolution (which Bethell denies is "real science"[7]), promoting intelligent design instead.[8] Bethell was hired as a researcher by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison to assist with his prosecution of Clay Shaw for conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy.[9] Bethell gives no credence to Garrison's charges that Shaw was involved.[10] Shaw was acquitted after the jury deliberated for about an hour.


  • Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity through the Ages (1998) St Martin's Press.
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science (2005) Regnery Press.
  • Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher (2012) Hoover Institution Press.
  • Questioning Einstein: Is Relativity Necessary? (2009) Vales Lake Publishing, LLC.
  • Darwin's House of Cards (2017) The Discovery Institute Press


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