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Theodore R. Johnson

Theodore R. Johnson is a writer at The Bulwark and a senior advisor at New America. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Navy following a two-decade career that included service as a White House fellow, military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His book When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America was published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 2021.

Twitter: @DrTedJ.


Articles by Theodore R. Johnson (page 1)

January 26, 2023 5:30 am

Could the ‘Dignity Index’ Help Make Our Politics More Civil?

The incentives in our political culture don’t give a lot of reason to be optimistic.
Theodore R. Johnson
January 11, 2023 5:30 am

What the Cori Bush-Byron Donalds Clash Tells Us About Black American Politics

And about the complications of black solidarity.
Theodore R. Johnson
January 3, 2023 5:30 am

The Misleading Makeup of the New Congress

Sure, this is the most diverse Congress ever—but what does that really mean for our politics?
Theodore R. Johnson
December 12, 2022 5:30 am

The Rationale Behind South Carolina Becoming the First Dem Primary

The final decision on whether the Palmetto State will leapfrog ahead of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada is expected in…
Theodore R. Johnson
November 30, 2022 5:30 am

No, the U.S. Military Is Not Being Weakened by “Wokeness”

The world's greatest fighting force is stronger because it doesn't require recruits to uncritically embrace American mythology.
Theodore R. Johnson
November 21, 2022 5:30 am

What Role Did Gerrymandering Play in Giving the GOP Its House Majority?

And how does it affect racial representation?
Theodore R. Johnson
November 8, 2022 11:25 am

Two Things to Watch for in the Midterm Results

How many seats will Republicans actually pick up? And how many election deniers are voted into office?
Theodore R. Johnson
October 21, 2022 5:30 am

From Dog Whistle to Rebel Yell

The disturbing direction of MAGA rhetoric about race.
Theodore R. Johnson
October 15, 2022 2:16 pm

The Walker-Warnock Debate and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

It's entirely possible that, despite everything, Herschel Walker "won" his debate with Raphael Warnock.
Theodore R. Johnson
October 6, 2022 5:30 am

Merging Politics and Celebrity is Bad for Democracy

Public office shouldn’t be a mere platform for fame-seekers. And citizens shouldn’t be passive spectators.
Theodore R. Johnson