Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Why Are Leftists Targeting Troll Columnists Like Ann Coulter Instead of Institutions?
California is at the center of the ongoing, nationwide conflict over free speech on college campuses. The latest installment: After Ann Coulter was invited, and then disinvited, to speak at UC Berkeley , university administrators tried to placate the conservative polemicist by rescheduling the...
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Friday, November 13, 2015
Free Speech Is No Diversion
In January of 1987, flyers distributed anonymously at the University of Michigan declared “open season” on black people, referring to them with the most disgusting racial slurs. “Shortly thereafter,” Catherine B. Johnson noted in a law journal article , “a student disc jockey for the campus radio...
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Monday, July 07, 2014
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's defenders would have us believe that Snowden is a thief and a criminal at best, and perhaps a traitorous Russian spy. In their telling, the NSA carries out its mission lawfully...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A Liberal Moderate's Critique of Snowden and Greenwald
In a review of " No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State ," George Packer, whose best work is superb, makes a number of dubious claims about the subjects under discussion. The claims are typical of liberal moderates who acknowledge that the NSA's behavior is...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Touré: America May Have Committed War Crimes Via Drone—but Keep Up Strikes Anyway
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
What If Mitt Romney Inherits Obama's Killer Drone Fleet?
Asked about drone strikes during Monday's foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney basically said that President Obama is right to use them. Expect more drone warfare in 2013 regardless of who wins the election. Does that mean that the two candidates are indistinguishable on the issue? My friend and former boss Andrew Sullivan doesn't think so. "Memo to Conor Friedersdorf," he wrote while live-blogging at The Dish.
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Friday, October 19, 2012
On War and Peace, George McGovern Will Die Vindicated
Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 1972, George McGovern kicked off his ill-fated presidential bid by focusing on his opposition to the ruinous war in Vietnam. "I have no secret plan for peace. I have a public plan.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Calling US Drone Strikes 'Surgical' Is Orwellian Propaganda
The Obama Administration deliberately uses the word "surgical" to describe its drone strikes.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Dear Andrew Sullivan: Why Focus On Obama's Dumbest Critics?
After reading Andrew Sullivan's Newsweek essay about President Obama, his critics, and his re-election bid, I implore him to ponder just one question. How would you have reacted in 2008 if any Republican ran promising to do the following?
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