This is the archive page for The French Press, which is no longer actively sending. Every Tuesday and Sunday David French wrote about the law, politics, faith, culture and global affairs—and often how they interact with each other.
On his way to the New York Times.
On the moral power of leadership, for good and ill.
It’s about diversity training, and it’s not by me.
The law is doing its part. Are Christians doing theirs?
Of pyrrhic victories, material advantage, and the steeliness of Western resolve.
It’s hope and freedom versus anger and power, again.
Also, some important personal news.
We cannot delegate our political and cultural engagement to the angriest sects of American life.
A short reflection on the limits of our understanding.
The government has a right to convince, but it cannot coerce.
Did the end of the Cold War empower the rise of the religious nones?
America seems to want more government, but it needs less.
Platforms tried speech codes. There’s a better way.
There’s life left in conservatism yet.
True sorrow looks more like resignation than restoration.
Can we have our millionth conversation about cancel culture?