Understanding These Volatile Times

A conversation with the outspoken conservative pundit and thinker Josh Hammer.

Josh Hammer is opinion editor of Newsweek, a research fellow with the Edmund Burke Foundation, of counsel at First Liberty Institute and a syndicated columnist through Creators. A frequent pundit and essayist on political, legal and cultural issues, Josh is a constitutional attorney by training.

Your various articles about religious liberty and the targeting of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York have piqued my interest. I like what I’m reading.

I appreciate it. Thank you so much. I’m familiar with your publication, and I’m very familiar with the poll that came out about President Trump. I’m just doing what I can to help all the right people and stand up for the right values. There are two things I try to do every day of my life: move the ball forward in terms of saving this country, for lack of a better term, and moving it forward to advance the health, security, safety and prosperity of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Those are my two goals.

Not everyone has the ability and will to do what you just articulated. That’s fantastic.

I’m a lawyer by trade, and I worked in a big corporate law firm for about a year and a half. I could have chosen to stick it out, but it was unfulfilling. I feel very fortunate and blessed that, so far at least—I’m only 31 years old—I’ve been able to make this heterodox career path work.

I understand that you’re in Denver right now, but I’m speaking to you on a New York number.

I’m originally from Westchester County. My brother lives in Manhattan and my parents still live in Westchester, but I haven’t lived in the New York metropolitan area for around 14 years. I’ve bounced all over the place. Most recently I lived in Texas for four years, switching between Houston and Dallas, but I moved to Denver in August. I can work remotely from anywhere remotely, so I decided to give it a shot.

I hope you have a view of the mountains. Denver can be pretty and not so pretty, just like everywhere else.

I don’t have a direct view of the mountains from my townhouse, but if you walk outside it’s not hard to see them.

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