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Benjamin Wallace-Wells

The New Yorker

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Past articles by Ben:

The Long Afterlife of Libertarianism

Benjamin Wallace-Wells reviews “The Individualists,” by Matt Zwolinski and John Tomasi, and “Burning Down the House,” by Andrew Koppelman, and considers the legacy of libertarian luminaries, from Friedrich Hayek to Murray Rothbard. → Read More

What Can Ron DeSantis Do Now?

It isn’t that the governor is charmless—or it’s not only that. It’s that his career has been spent on a charmlessness offensive, Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes. → Read More

Will Trump’s Crimes Matter on the Campaign Trail?

The former President has faced two impeachments and countless accusations of public and private wrongdoing. Yet his approval rating is pretty much unchanged. → Read More

Tucker Carlson and the Right

The big question for the G.O.P. during the Biden era is whether the legacy of Carlson’s culture wars adds up to a viable platform for a major political party. → Read More

Ro Khanna’s Progressive Case for Saving Silicon Valley Bank

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Ro Khanna, the Democratic congressman from Silicon Valley, and his role in protecting deposits at the failed Silicon Valley Bank. → Read More

The Trump Show Moves to a Courtroom

The former President’s campaigns against officials investigating him have supplied Joe Biden with a favored theme: the need to fortify democratic institutions. → Read More

What Is Ron DeSantis Doing to Florida’s Public Liberal-Arts College?

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, appointments he has made to New College of Florida, and issues of education policy in Florida. → Read More

Kevin McCarthy and the Republicans’ Rocky Road Ahead

With members of the House G.O.P. caucus still pulling in all directions, does anyone know where the Party is headed? → Read More

Herschel Walker and the Fate of the Right-Wing Celebrity Populist

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Herschel Walker’s campaign for the U.S. Senate and the lesson it may hold for other right-wing celebrity populists in the mold of Donald Trump. → Read More

Is the Nancy Pelosi Era Really Ending?

The Speaker of the House is stepping aside, but her school of politics isn’t going anywhere. → Read More

The Republicans’ Post-Midterm Reckoning with Donald Trump

Will the era of Stop the Steal—and the G.O.P.’s overt challenges to democracy—finally start to recede? → Read More

Why Republican Insiders Think the G.O.P. Is Poised for a Blowout

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Republican predictions for midterm-election victories in the House and Senate, including Herschel Walker in Georgia and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. → Read More

How Republicans Claimed COVID as a Winning Campaign Issue

Benjamin Wallace-Wells on how, in the 2022 midterm season, the backlash against COVID-19 restrictions has become a more potent talking point than the pandemic. → Read More

Is Tim Ryan the Last of the Midwestern Union Democrats?

In the race for Senate in Ohio, the Democratic congressman has countered the right-wing populist appeals of his opponent, J. D. Vance, with hawkish positions on trade, immigration, and China. → Read More

What to Make of John Fetterman’s Struggles at the Pennsylvania Senate Debate

The cognitive effects of the Democratic candidate’s recent stroke were evident as he faced off against Mehmet Oz. Will his performance imperil his party’s chances? → Read More

Kari Lake and the Power of a Polished MAGA Message

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about Kari Lake, a former television-news anchor turned Arizona’s Republican candidate for governor, who has been campaigning on crime and immigration, and been billed as a possible Vice-Presidential nominee for Donald Trump. → Read More

The Political Gospel of Raphael Warnock

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about the Senate reëlection campaign of the Reverend Raphael Warnock, ahead of the midterm election, in Georgia, against his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker. → Read More

The Curious Case of Donald Bolduc

Benjamin Wallace-Wells reports from the campaign trail of Donald Bolduc, New Hamsphire’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, and examines the trend of politicians flip-flopping on important issues. → Read More

Liz Cheney’s Kamikaze Campaign

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about Liz Cheney’s work on the January 6th select committee investigating the Capitol attack, and about how her highly visible role is hurting her chances of rëelection in the upcoming midterm elections. → Read More

The Political Strategy of Ron DeSantis’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about Governor Ron DeSantis and other G.O.P. politicians who are building a new brand of social conservatism, one that has risen from the ashes of, and materially departed from, the religious themes of a generation ago. → Read More