Henry Olsen

About Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a think tank in Washington D.C. He is also an editor at UnHerd.com where he writes about populism and politics around the world. He is the co-author, with Dante Scala, of The Four Faces of the Republican Party (Palgrave, 2015) and is the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism (HarperCollins, 2017).

An Artful Immigration Deal Would Trade ‘Amnesty’ for the Wall

Ann Coulter’s tweets blasting President Trump’s immigration speech Saturday surely heartened many Trump enthusiasts. But they are going to have to get used to a hard truth: it’s either a deal with “amnesty” attached or nothing. I can already hear the shouting: “But Trump won!” Yes, he did. But he won with the

By | 2019-01-23T22:40:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|

Market Fundamentalism or Love of Country?

Tucker Carlson’s much-discussed monologue last week leaves much to be desired. But factual errors or rhetorical excesses are not why it attracted vociferous criticism on the American Right. What really set the critics off is Tucker’s underlying moral premise: American republicanism sometimes requires public restraint of private vice, even in the sphere of

By | 2019-01-09T22:32:49+00:00 January 8th, 2019|

Can Ohio’s Sherrod Brown Return the Dems to Blue-Collar Roots?

Senator Sherrod Brown is one of many Democrats considering a run for the White House. His name likely does not ring a bell, as he has not garnered the national attention that other potential rivals have. Many observers think he could be a formidable opponent for President Trump should he gain the Democratic

By | 2018-12-28T20:58:40+00:00 December 27th, 2018|

Les Macronables?

The late Chinese Premier Chou en-Lai is reputed to have said in 1971 that it was “too soon” to assess the impact of the French Revolution. Whatever the truth of that epigram, it is certainly too soon to know how important the events unfolding daily in France will become. My recent trip to

By | 2018-12-12T22:03:39+00:00 December 12th, 2018|

A Bad Beat for Republicans—But Not Fraud

Plenty of Republicans and Trump fans are crying foul at the number of congressional seats that have moved towards the Democrats since Election Day. Insinuations or outright accusations of orchestrated voter fraud fill my Twitter feed. I understand why people are upset—but there’s no hanky panky afoot. Our election system is broken, but

By | 2018-11-30T22:42:18+00:00 November 29th, 2018|

Arizona Illustrates the RINO Revenge

Arizona’s Senate race was perhaps the most surprising, and disturbing, midterm result for Republicans and Trump fans. Many struggle to understand how Barry Goldwater’s home state will send a former pink tutu-wearing antiwar activist to Washington. The answer is instructive regarding what Trump Republicanism must do to build a majority. The biggest reason

By | 2018-11-14T22:40:43+00:00 November 13th, 2018|

How Trump Might Persuade Immigrants to MAGA

President Trump’s focus on reducing immigration and controlling our borders is central to his agenda and appeal. That's why Trump backers should read conservative writer Reihan Salam’s new book, Melting Pot or Civil War? As the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, Salam’s endorsement of an immigration policy very similar to that of Trump’s

By | 2018-10-03T21:06:14+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|

Trump Must Revive the Greatness Agenda Before It’s Too Late

President Trump cannot change America unless he assembles a strong, majority coalition behind him and his policies. So advocates of a Greatness Agenda should worry that his job approval ratings have dropped significantly in the past month. It’s a warning sign. Despite a roaring economy, Americans remain wary of the president and are

By | 2018-09-19T21:54:03+00:00 September 18th, 2018|