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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 46)
Alma mater
OccupationWriter, journalist

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


Williamson was previously deputy managing editor[3] and theater critic for The New Criterion.[4]

Williamson previously worked at the Mumbai-based Indian Express Group, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Journal Register Newspapers, and 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 former daily newspaper in Philadelphia.[6]

In 2018, Williamson briefly joined The Atlantic; his employment was terminated following public criticism focused particularly on a 2014 Twitter discussion in which he suggested hanging as a criminal punishment for abortion[7][8][9][10][11][12] and his reiteration of this suggestion on his National Review podcast in 2014.[13] Williamson later wrote that his comments had been intended to "mak[e] a point about the sloppy rhetoric of the abortion debate" rather than promote capital punishment,[14] noting that he had previously expressed strong reservations about capital punishment in general.[15]


Williamson is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (2011, Regnery),[16] The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome (2013, HarperCollins/Broadside Books),[17][18] The Dependency Agenda (2013, Encounter Books),[19] and The Case against Trump (2015, Encounter Books),[20] and has contributed chapters to The New Leviathan: The State Vs. the Individual in the 21st Century (2013, Encounter Books)[21] and Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval (2013, Encounter Books).[22]


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  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. ^ Abcarian, Robin (September 30, 2014). "Here's a guy advocating death by hanging for women who have abortions". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Strauss, Daniel (September 29, 2014). "National Review Writer: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Newell, Jim (September 30, 2014). "National Review writer's vile pro-life argument is logically consistent". Salon. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Jones, Sarah (March 28, 2018). "The Conservative Columnist Conundrum". The New Republic. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Weissmann, Jordan (March 27, 2018). "The Atlantic's Justifications for Hiring Conservative Troll Kevin Williamson Ring Awfully Hollow". Slate Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Williamson, Kevin (April 20, 2018). "When the Twitter Mob Came for Me". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Williamson, Kevin (July 1, 2013). "Abortion After Texas". National Review. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  16. ^ Williamson, Kevin (January 10, 2011). The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 9781596986497.
  17. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. (May 7, 2013). The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062220684.
  18. ^ "Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  19. ^ Williamson, Kevin D. (October 10, 2013). The Dependency Agenda. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036644.
  20. ^ Williamson, Kevin (November 17, 2015). The Case Against Trump. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594038785.
  21. ^ Kimball, Roger (October 10, 2013). The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036453.
  22. ^ Kimball, Roger (October 10, 2013). Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval. Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594036477.

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