Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

Mr. Olsen is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes daily pieces focusing on politics, populism, foreign affairs and American conservative thought. He is also the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and The Four Faces of the Republican Party, co-authored with Dante Scala.

Mr. Olsen was previously an editor at UnHerd.com and a regular contributor to American GreatnessCity Journal, and World Magazine. Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational ReviewThe Guardian, and The Weekly Standard.

His predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 elections were particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy. In the 2016 campaign, he accurately identified the factors fueling the rise of Donald Trump early in the race, and his election-eve predictions were among the most accurate of any major analyst or commentator.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

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Gun Rights Advocates Do Themselves No Favors By Not Addressing Gun Violence

Henry Olsen

You’re either at the table or you’re on the menu.

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Washington Post / May 17, 2022

What a Serious Republican Plan to Address Inflation Could Look Like

Henry Olsen

The GOP should think outside the box and embrace populist conservatism.

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Washington Post / May 12, 2022

Democrats are Proving to Be the Real Extremists on Abortion

Henry Olsen

Most Americans don’t support Democrats’ no-limit abortion proposals. The party is pushing them anyway.

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Washington Post / May 10, 2022

Abortion Foes Should Gear Up to Win the Fight for Public Opinion

Henry Olsen

Public sentiment today is nuanced but favorable to abortion rights.

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Washington Post / May 10, 2022

With or Without Trump, Tuesday’s Primaries Portend a MAGA Year Ahead

Henry Olsen

The signs are unmistakable: stormy weather ahead for business Republicans and Team Blue, full speed ahead for the MAGA express.

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Washington Post / May 5, 2022

The Leak is a Shock. What the Draft Decision Says is Not.

Henry Olsen

There is a deep consensus within the broad conservative legal world that Roe was wrongly decided a half-century ago.

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Washington Post / May 3, 2022

Brace Yourselves: The Democrats Need the Midterms to be a Mudfight

Henry Olsen

In the upcoming midterms, mud is all the Democrats have. Republicans had better get ready.

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Washington Post / May 3, 2022

Is this the Western Alliance’s Last Hurrah?

Henry Olsen

Unless we adapt now and prepare for the future, today’s united response to Russia could be the West’s swan song.

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Washington Post / April 26, 2022

The CDC’s Mask Mandate for Flights Needed to Go

Henry Olsen

The covid-19 pandemic was a terrible tragedy, but tragedies should never be used as justifications for blithely casting aside democratic norms and the rule of law.

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Washington Post / April 21, 2022

Trump is Gambling with His Political Future in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Henry Olsen

Trump didn’t get to be president by playing it safe.

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Washington Post / April 19, 2022

Orban’s Victory Might Not Make Sense to the West. But It’s What Hungary Wants.

Henry Olsen

Orban was reelected because of his combination of market economics, nationalism and social conservatism. This is what a majority of Hungarians want.

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The Washington Post / April 7, 2022

Biden Has Requested an Increase in Defense Spending. It’s Not Nearly Enough.

Henry Olsen

The United States is the linchpin of global security for democracies everywhere.

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The Washington Post / April 5, 2022

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