Thomas A. Koenig

Thomas Koenig

Writer, soon-to-be law student. Grappling with the big questions of American politics and culture.

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CNN

“I’m voting for Joe Biden. I also think the Senate should confirm Judge Barrett,” CNN. 13 October 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/13/opinions/voting-for-biden-wanting-judge-barrett-confirmed-senate-koenig/index.html.

American Purpose

“Another Age of Acrimony,” American Purpose. Book Review. 16 June 2021. https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/another-age-of-acrimony/.

“Putting the Responsible ‘Self’ Back in Self-Government,” American Purpose. Essay. 19 April 2021. https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/putting-the-responsible-self-back-in-self-government/.

“Finally, a Nation,” American Purpose. Essay. 15 March 2021. https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/finally-a-nation/.

“Put the Kids to Bed Already,” American Purpose. Essay. 6 January 2021. https://www.americanpurpose.com/articles/put-the-kids-to-bed-already/.  

The Dispatch

“It’s Time to Make the House Bigger,” The Dispatch. Essay. 2 July 2021. https://thedispatch.com/p/its-time-to-make-the-house-bigger.

“How We Can Renew and Improve Our Civil Discourse,” The Dispatch. Book Review. 28 May 2021. https://thedispatch.com/p/how-we-can-renew-and-improve-our.

“We Should All Be Madisonians,” The Dispatch. Book Review. 13 April 2021. https://thedispatch.com/p/we-should-all-be-madisonians.

“How Lincoln Can Guide Us in Restoring Our Political Institutions,” The Dispatch. 9 February 2021. https://thedispatch.com/p/how-lincoln-can-guide-us-in-restoring.

The Bulwark

“Shaping Reasonable People,” The Bulwark. Book Review. 9 April 2021. https://thebulwark.com/shaping-reasonable-people/.

National Review Online

“A Republic, Not a Democracy,” National Review. 16 January 2021. https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/01/a-republic-not-a-democracy/.

“The Administrative State: Who Makes the Rules?” National Review. 29 September 2020. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/09/administrative-state-unaccountable-bureaucrats-make-rules/

Merion West

“Liberal Democracy Lives on the Page, Not the Screen,” Merion West. Essay. 8 July 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/07/08/liberal-democracy-lives-on-the-page-not-the-screen/.

“Patriotism: The Supreme Political Virtue,” Merion West. Book Review. 17 June 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/06/17/patriotism-the-supreme-political-virtue/.

“Review: Chris Bail’s ‘Breaking the Social Media Prism,’” Merion West. Book Review. 4 June 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/06/04/review-chris-bails-breaking-the-social-media-prism/.

“To Prevent Politics and Reality from Breaking Up, Keep It Local,” Merion West. 13 May 2021.https://merionwest.com/2021/05/13/to-prevent-politics-and-reality-from-breaking-up-keep-it-local/.

“George W. Bush’s ‘Out of Many, One’: A Message of Gratitude,” Merion West. Book Review. 3 May 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/05/03/george-w-bushs-out-of-many-one-a-message-of-gratitude/.

“Review: John Boehner’s ‘On the House,’” Merion West. Book Review. 19 April 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/04/19/review-john-boehners-on-the-house/.

“Review: Jamal Greene’s ‘How Rights Went Wrong,’” Merion West. Book Review. 10 April 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/04/10/review-jamal-greenes-how-rights-went-wrong/.

“Everybody’s Getting the Filibuster—and the Senate—Wrong,” Merion West. 31 March 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/03/31/everybodys-getting-the-filibuster-and-the-senate-all-wrong/.

“Age Quod Agis,” Merion West. 28 March 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/03/28/age-quod-agis/.

“Is Joe Biden the Future of Liberalism? Let’s Hope So,” Merion West. Book Review. 24 March 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/03/24/is-joe-biden-the-future-of-liberalism-lets-hope-so/.

“Let’s Make the Founders Less Unique,” Merion West. Book Review. 15 March 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/03/15/lets-make-the-founders-less-unique/.

“Nicholas Kristof Discusses ‘Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,’” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 28 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/28/nicholas-kristof-discusses-tightrope-americans-reaching-for-hope/.

“One-on-One Interview with Nicholas Kristof – February 27, 2021,” Merion West. YouTube Interview Video. 28 February 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQwKynbpHik&feature=youtu.be.

“James Madison, Greg Weiner, and What to Do about the Filibuster,” Merion West. Book Review. 24 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/24/james-madison-greg-weiner-and-what-to-do-about-the-filibuster/.

“David French Talks ‘Divided We Fall,’” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 17 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/17/david-french-talks-divided-we-fall/

“One-on-One Interview with David French,” Merion West. YouTube Interview Video. 17 February 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSrVZ3P0B44

“When Reading about Abraham Lincoln, in 2021,” Merion West. Book Review. 18 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/18/when-reading-about-abraham-lincoln-in-2021/.

“One-on-One Interview with David French,” Merion West. YouTube Interview Video. 17 February 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSrVZ3P0B44.

“David French Talks ‘Divided We Fall,’” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 17 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/17/david-french-talks-divided-we-fall/.

“The Foe We Need Is the Foe We Have,” Merion West. 6 February 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/02/06/the-foe-we-need-is-the-foe-we-have/.

“What Is the Intellectual’s Duty to Society?” Merion West. Book Review. 30 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/30/what-is-the-intellectuals-duty-to-society/.

“Francis Fukuyama: Making Identity Politics Work,” Merion West. Book Review. 25 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/25/francis-fukuyama-making-identity-politics-work/.

“In Response to a Worthy Critic,” Merion West. 22 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/22/in-response-to-a-worthy-critic/.

“After Trump,” Merion West. Book Review. 19 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/19/after-trump/.

“What Ails Us?” Merion West. Book Review. 12 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/12/what-ails-us/.

“Kevin Williamson: How to Improve the Lot of Those Left Behind,” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 9 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/09/kevin-williamson-how-to-improve-the-lot-of-those-left-behind/.

“Kevin Williamson: How to Improve the Lot of Those Left Behind,” Merion West. YouTube Interview. 9 January 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgd-_Fwrc3o&feature=youtu.be.

“Thomas Ricks: Politics, as Seen from Aristotle to Trump,” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 7 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/07/thomas-ricks-from-aristotle-to-trump/.

“Thomas Ricks: Politics, as Seen from Aristotle to Trump,” Merion West. YouTube Interview Video. 7 January 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTqNt9YFHvQ&feature=youtu.be.

“The Historic Unifying Potential of the U.S. Constitution,” Merion West. Book Review. 6 January 2021. https://merionwest.com/2021/01/06/the-historic-unifying-potential-of-the-u-s-constitution/.

“H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World,” Merion West. YouTube Interview Video. 30 December 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvTa7YHxAv8.

“H. R. McMaster: How He Sees China, and the World,” Merion West. Interview Transcript. 30 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/30/h-r-mcmaster-how-he-sees-china-and-the-world/.

“Walter Lippmann and the Dilemma of Democracy,” Merion West. Book Review. 29 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/29/walter-lippmann-and-the-dilemma-of-democracy/.

“Kristof and WuDunn’s ‘Tightrope’: an Essential Book,” Merion West. Book Review. 19 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/19/kristof-and-wudunns-tightrope-an-essential-book/.

“Blowing Up ‘The Big White Ghetto’,” Merion West. Book Review. 15 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/15/blowing-up-the-big-white-ghetto/.

“Can a Constitution of Genius Work for a Nation of Imbeciles?” Merion West. Book Review. 10 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/10/can-a-constitution-of-genius-work-for-a-nation-of-imbeciles/.

“Review: H.R. McMaster’s ‘Battlegrounds’,” Merion West. Book Review. 7 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/07/review-h-r-mcmasters-battlegrounds/.

“The Center Must Hold,” Merion West. Book Review. 1 December 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/12/01/the-center-must-hold/.

“Review: Carlos Lozada’s ‘What Were We Thinking’,” Merion West. Book Review. 20 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/20/review-carlos-lozadas-what-were-we-thinking/.

“Review: Ted Cruz’s ‘One Vote Away’,” Merion West. Book Review. 17 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/17/review-ted-cruzs-one-vote-away/.

“Meritocratic Tyranny: Big, If True,” Merion West. Book Review. 13 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/13/meritocratic-tyranny-big-if-true/.

“We’re Divided. But Will We Fall?” Merion West. Book Review. 9 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/09/were-divided-but-will-we-fall/

“America: Strained But Strong,” Merion West. 4 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/04/america-strained-but-strong/.

“‘A Cry from the Far Middle’: Lots of Laughs, And a Few Important Insights,” Merion West. Book Review. 2 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/02/a-cry-from-the-far-middle-lots-of-laughs-and-a-few-important-insights/

“To My Fellow Catholics, Just Before Election Day,” Merion West. Essay. 1 November 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/11/01/to-my-fellow-catholics-just-before-election-day/

“What Struck Me Watching the Final Presidential Debate,” Merion West. 23 October 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/10/23/what-struck-me-watching-the-final-presidential-debate/

“Paging Mr. Moynihan,” Merion West. Book Review. 21 October 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/10/21/paging-mr-moynihan/.

“What Ever Happened to Answering the Question?” Merion West. 8 October 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/10/08/what-ever-happened-to-answering-the-question/.

“Assuaging Conservatives’ Fears about a Biden Presidency,” Merion West. 7 October 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/10/07/assuaging-conservatives-fears-about-a-biden-presidency/

“Power Over Principles: The Dual Dangers of Trumpism and Anti-Racism,” Merion West. 24 September 2020. https://merionwest.com/2020/09/24/power-over-principles-the-dual-dangers-of-trumpism-and-anti-racism/.

RealClear

“Defining Democracy Down,” RealClear Policy. 1 December 2020. https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2020/12/01/defining_democracy_down_651430.html.

“Calling Princeton’s ‘Anti-Racist’ Bluff,” RealClear Politics. Co-authored with Shanon FitzGerald. 23 September 2020. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2020/09/23/calling_princetons_anti-racist_bluff_524289.html.

“The Crisis of Mutual Contempt in Pennsylvania’s Legislature,” RealClear Public Affairs: Pennsylvania. Study Summary Feature. 10 July 2020. https://www.realclearpublicaffairs.com/public_affairs/2020/07/10/the_crisis_of_mutual_contempt_in_pennsylvanias_legislature_498730.html.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Philly Should Preempt Harrisburg on Gun Laws,” Philadelphia Inquirer. 13 August 2019. https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-gun-laws-preemption-harrisburg-20190813.html.

Smerconish

“Forget Filibuster Reform, Let’s Force Debate in the Senate,” Smerconish. 10 May 2021. https://www.smerconish.com/exclusive-content/forget-filibuster-reform-lets-force-debate-in-the-senate.

“The Party That Weeds Out Its Radicals Will Win,” Smerconish. 9 March 2021. https://www.smerconish.com/exclusive-content/the-party-that-weeds-out-its-radicals-will-win.

“Impeach and Remove the President. Now.” Smerconish. 11 January 2021. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/impeach-and-remove-the-president-now.

“On Bullshit, Josh Hawley, and Ted Cruz,” Smerconish. 5 January 2021. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/on-bullshit-josh-hawley-and-ted-cruz-election-rejection-jan-6-trump.

“Denigrating the Election Results Invites Violence,” Smerconish. 12 November 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/denigrating-the-election-results-invites-violence.

“After Election Day, We Start the Work of Tolerance,” Smerconish. Co-authored with Benjamin Pontz. 2 November 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/snxmug6j4v7sl6r11fktrtaboucskw?fbclid=IwAR3GWGESJ4ZNcZ–eVArdYaSzpGt5VEzAZgDN1wg-YL0QLLvaiqFh0B2Qqs.

“Vote. Then Pray.” Smerconish. 26 October 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/jczmybr5d700o6jaz50b685keik5d3.

“The Democratic Party Can’t Lose Itself,” Smerconish. 8 October 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/criticalthinking/the-democratic-party-cant-lose-itself.

“Why Do We Reward Our Politicians for Indecency and Idiocy?” Smerconish.com. 21 July 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/news/2020/7/21/why-do-we-reward-our-politicians-for-indecency-and-idiocy.

“The Commonsense Case for Joe Biden,” Smerconish.com. 26 June 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/news/2020/6/26/the-common-sense-case-for-joe-biden.

“Voted for Trump in 2016? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t in 2020.” Smerconish.com. 9 June 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/news/2020/6/9/voted-for-trump-in-2016-heres-why-you-shouldnt-in-2020

“When It Comes to COVID, We’re All Responsible,” Smerconish.com. 26 May 2020. https://www.smerconish.com/news/2020/5/26/when-it-comes-to-covid-were-all-responsible.

Adam Smith Works

“July 4th: One Piece of Our Founding Trilogy,” Adam Smith Works. Essay. 2 July 2021. https://www.adamsmithworks.org/speakings/july-4th-one-piece-of-our-founding-trilogy.

“Adam Smith, Francis Fukuyama, and the Indignity of UBI,” Adam Smith Works. 28 January 2021. https://www.adamsmithworks.org/speakings/smith-fukuyama-ubi.

Law & Liberty

“Calling Princeton’s ‘Anti-Racist’ Bluff,” Law & Liberty. Co-authored with Shanon FitzGerald. 22 September 2020. https://lawliberty.org/calling-princetons-anti-racist-bluff/.

The Philadelphia Citizen

“‘The Narrow Path That We’re Walking,’” The Philadelphia Citizen. Interview Transcript. 7 July 2021. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/the-narrow-path-that-were-walking/.

“How Hard Is It to Open a Business in Philly?” The Philadelphia Citizen. Investigative Article. 3 June 2021. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/how-hard-is-it-to-open-a-business-in-philly/.

“Separating Fact from Fiction,” The Philadelphia Citizen. Fact Check Article. 11 May 2021. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/fact-checking-da-debate/.

“Let Philly Be Our Guide Out of Our Divisions,” The Philadelphia Citizen. 24 November 2020. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/let-philly-be-our-guide-out-of-our-divisions/.

“What Do We Hold in Common?” The Philadelphia Citizen. 1 October 2020. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/guest-commentary-what-do-we-hold-in-common/.

“On Rizzo, Columbus, and the Confederacy,” The Philadelphia Citizen. 1 July 2020. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/a-local-resident-urges-that-honestly-confronting-our-past-helps-us-reckon-with-the-present/.

“Test. Open. Recover.” The Philadelphia Citizen. 20 May 2020. https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/covid-testing-pa/

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star

“In Pa. Politics, Polarization Isn’t New. But the Contempt Is,” Pennsylvania Capital-Star. 9 July 2020. https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/in-pa-politics-polarization-isnt-new-but-the-contempt-is-opinion/.

The Imaginative Conservative

“Madison’s ‘Extended Republic’ and the Culture Wars,” The Imaginative Conservative. 16 September 2020. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/09/madison-extended-republic-culture-wars-thomas-koenig.html.

WHYY

“The Work-From-Home Economy Is the Next Threat Philadelphia Faces,” WHYY. 13 July 2020. https://whyy.org/articles/the-work-from-home-economy-is-the-next-threat-philadelphia-faces/.

The Fulcrum

“Our democracy is a boxing match. It will take more than one election to make it a foot race again.” The Fulcrum. 14 October 2020. https://thefulcrum.us/big-picture/political-fight

The Daily Princetonian

“When It Comes to Shutdown Orders, Let the Counties Confront COVID-19,” The Daily Princetonian. 29 May 2020. https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2020/05/when-it-comes-to-shutdown-orders-let-the-counties-confront-covid.

Medium

“Speak the Truths,” Medium. Op-Ed Article. 3 June 2020. https://medium.com/@tkoenig2020/speak-the-truths-40a66dafc72e.

The Times Herald

“Joe Gale’s Comments Are a Wakeup Call to Get Involved in Local Politics,” The Times Herald. 8 June 2020. https://www.timesherald.com/opinion/letter-to-editor-joe-gale-s-comments-are-a-wakeup-call-to-get-involved-in/article_b41b365e-e6c9-5580-a944-49b259575e88.html.

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