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David Frum

High-Profile Political Analyst; Senior Editor at The Atlantic; CNN Contributor; New York Times Bestselling Author, Trumpocracy

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David Frum is one of North America’s leading voices of dispassionate, analytic, and independent conservatism. His articles in The Atlantic have been hailed as the most prophetic and insightful studies of the Trump administration’s threat to US global leadership, open international trade, and democratic institutions.

Frum’s wit, historical insight, and deep understanding of US politics and governments are familiar to viewers on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, CBC, and Germany’s ARD and to the three-quarter of a million followers of his influential Twitter feed. Whether speaking to a concert hall of 3,000 people or an informal seminar of 12, Frum is always an entertaining and enriching speaker, at his best when faced with the most unexpected question.


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David Frum is a writer at The Atlantic and the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, TRUMPOCRACY: The Corruption of the American Republic, his ninth book. In 2001-2002, he served as special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush during and after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Frum is a recognized intellectual leader of the American conservative movement.

His first book, DEAD RIGHT, was praised by William F. Buckley in 1994 as "the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation" and by Frank Rich in the New York Times as "the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative moment." His memoir of his service in the Bush White House, THE RIGHT MAN, was a New York Times bestseller in 2003.

Frum has served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, as a trustee of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and as chairman of the board of trustees of Policy Exchange, the leading center-right think tank in the United Kingdom. A native of Canada, he was a driving force in the "Winds of Change" movement that reunited that country's splintered Conservative party in the early 2000s. In 2009-2012, Frum created and edited the FrumForum group website devoted to the modernization of the Republican party. More than a dozen young writers who started their careers on Frum's site have gone on to success in politics and journalism.

Frum was one of the first and foremost conservative Republicans to sound the alarm about the challenge posed by the Trump presidency to US global leadership, open international trade, and democratic institutions. His prophetic 2017 cover story in the Atlantic, "How to Build an Autocracy," has been one of the most cited of the Trump years.

Frum appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC, and the Australian, British, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporations. A profile in Esquire in December 2017 described Frum as "first among equals" in the conservative anti-Trump movement. A documentary based on Frum's life and work will premiere at the SXSW Festival in Austin in March 2019.

Frum earned a BA and MA in history at Yale, then a JD at Harvard, where he served as president of the Harvard chapter of the Federalist society. He taught history Yale in 1986-87.

Frum is now at work on his tenth book, about how to renew American world leadership after Trump.

Frum is married to Danielle Crittenden Frum, a journalist, author, and podcaster. They have three children and live in Washington DC and Wellington, Ontario.

President Trump says, “trade is bad.” By margins of more than 2:1, Americans regard world trade as more likely to destroy jobs and lower wages. Leading Democratic candidates for president share the president’s hostility to NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Frum details how America lost its belief in trade – and offers an actionable plan as to how businesses and governments can change mind to save the foundations of global prosperity and progress.

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    Faith, Reason, and Immigration

    (The Atlantic) – Immigration is a large and complex subject. My recent story in The Atlantic tried to do justice to that complexity. But that attempt of course came with a cost: The article was long and often highly detailed. It became easily possible to lose track of the piece’s argument.

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    The Great Realignment of Britain

    (The Atlantic) – Britain spirals faster and faster into the Brexit crisis.

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    If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will

    (The Atlantic) – Through much of the 20th century, the United States received comparatively few immigrants. In the 60 years from 1915 until 1975, nearly a human lifetime, the United States admitted fewer immigrants than arrived, legally and illegally, in the single decade of the 1990s.

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    It’s Five Minutes to Midnight in the U.K.: A Short History of Brexit

    (The Atlantic) – The week ahead will be one of the most dramatic in British politics in decades. A sequence of parliamentary votes will decide the future of the British economy—or perhaps plunge it into chaos.

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    England’s Difficulty Is Ireland’s Mortal Danger

    (The Atlantic) – “England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity,” goes the old nationalist slogan. In the elegant Chapter One restaurant, next door to one of Dublin’s most eye-popping Georgian townhouses, I learned that the slogan has been updated. England’s difficulty is now Ireland’s mortal danger.

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    Belfast Shows the Price of Brexit

    (The Atlantic) – If any place in the British Isles risks being thrust into an economic and political crisis by the impending Brexit, Belfast is that place.

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    A Game of Chickens: The vote on Brexit is strangely dependent on the American poultry business

    (The Atlantic) – The United Kingdom is scheduled to exit the European Union on March 29. The clock is ticking to reach an agreement on a transition. Without a transition agreement, the U.K. will abruptly be ejected overnight from the European Union Customs Union and single market—a shock that could send not only Britain but also perhaps the whole EU crashing into recession.

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    (The Atlantic) – Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee was uncontradicted. The former personal attorney of the president of the United States today accused him of a litany of crimes, improprieties, immoralities, and betrayals of national security. And not one Republican member of the committee breathed one word in defense of the leader of their party.

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    Two Views of a Single Presidency

    (The Atlantic) – The people who serve in the Trump administration have never been reticent about telling their stories. They have, however, mostly declined to put their names to their tales.

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    What Does It Mean to Be a Canadian Citizen?

    (The Atlantic) – “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” In the half century since John F. Kennedy said those famous words, the balance has definitely shifted toward asking what your country can do for you. In almost every democracy, citizenship today offers more rights and imposes fewer responsibilities than it did in 1961.

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    A State of Unreality: Trump’s emergency declaration is going to run into four hurdles.

    (The Atlantic) – President Trump’s declaration of emergency salved yesterday’s loss of face—but has not solved any real problems for this administration or the country.

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    Trump Doubles Down

    (The Atlantic) – It would be charitable to describe the 2019 State of the Union address as unfocused.

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