Benjamin Wallace-Wells
Benjamin Wallace-Wells began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006 and joined the magazine as a staff writer in 2015. He writes about American politics and society. He has previously written for New York magazine, the Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone. His work has been collected in “The Best American Political Writing,” among other anthologies, and he is a past fellow at the New America Foundation. He began his career as a metro reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer and his work as a political writer at the Washington Monthly.
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Annals of Inquiry
What Happened to Gun Culture
During the past three decades, it became one of the most dangerous elements of the right. How much of that can be blamed on the N.R.A.?
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsNovember 16, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
Uncovering the Secret Offshore Accounts of the Global Élite
In an age of rising populism, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is exposing the hypocrisy behind the hidden wealth.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsNovember 4, 2021
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Glenn Youngkin’s Victory Is a Warning for Democrats
The gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey suggest that Republicans’ appeal to voters has strengthened without Trump.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsNovember 3, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
The Virginia Governor’s Race Will Be the Latest Verdict in the Culture Wars
In the contest between Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe, the candidates are less important than the grassroots battles that have defined state politics.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsOctober 29, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
The Stanford Sailing Coach’s Defense in the Varsity Blues Case
In a new book, John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, claims that he was among its victims.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsOctober 22, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
How Bad Is Biden’s Slump?
Political consultants vary in their views of what caused it, and how the President can recover.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsSeptember 30, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
My Family Was a COVID Cluster
Four vaccinated adults and two unvaccinated children had mild symptoms. Is this what the end of the pandemic looks like?
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsSeptember 23, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
What American Conservatives See in Hungary’s Leader
For Rod Dreher and others, the country under Viktor Orbán has become a dark mirror for the U.S. culture wars.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsSeptember 13, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
Will the Next American War Be with China?
Elbridge Colby is leading a conservative effort to prepare Americans for a military conflict in Taiwan.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsAugust 19, 2021
Annals of Inquiry
What Happened to Joe Biden’s “Summer of Freedom” from the Pandemic?
By banking so heavily on the vaccine and eagerly declaring victory, the President may have repeated some of his predecessor’s mistakes.
By Benjamin Wallace-WellsAugust 12, 2021
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