Andrew Sullivan

(Andrew Michael Sullivan)

Andrew Sullivan
Andrew Sullivan
  • Born: August 10, 1963
  • Nationality: British, American
  • Profession: Writer, Editor, Blogger









Andrew Michael Sullivan is a British-born American author, editor, and blogger. Sullivan is a conservative political commentator, a former editor of The New Republic, and the author or editor of six books. He was a pioneer of the political blog, starting his in 2000. He eventually moved his blog to various publishing platforms, including Time, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and finally an independent subscription-based format. He announced his retirement from blogging in 2015. Sullivan has been a writer-at-large at New York since 2016.

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… the public has come to accept torture as a legitimate instrument of government, something that the Founding Fathers would have been aghast at. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A university is supposed to show you ideas that offend you and make you feel uncomfortable, Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
Any president can start a war, and use the chaos of disorder that such a war creates as an indefinite argument for prolonging it. It's a war that keeps on giving. Failure means it's even more necessary to keep failing. War & Peace
Donald Trump’s test of loyalty of his staff is if they will go out and publicly defend his lies. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I like the pluralism of modernity; it doesn't threaten me or my faith. And if one's faith is dependent on being reinforced in every aspect of other people's lives, then it is a rather insecure faith, don't you think? Religion & God
If religion is about truth, why is it so afraid of error? Religion & God
Monsters remain human beings. In fact, to reduce them to a subhuman level is to exonerate them of their acts of terrorism and mass murder — just as animals are not deemed morally responsible for killing. Insisting on the humanity of terrorists is, in fact, critical to maintaining their profound responsibility for the evil they commit. And, if they are human, then they must necessarily not be treated in an inhuman fashion. You cannot lower the moral baseline of a terrorist to the subhuman without betraying a fundamental value. That is why the Geneva Conventions have a very basic ban on "cruel treatment and torture," and "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" — even when dealing with illegal combatants like terrorists. Terrorism
The morality of Trump's lying bothered me, but he is a stupid liar.
The occupation of Iraq is completely self-perpetuating: The worse things get the more we are obliged to stay. And the longer we stay the worse things get. War & Peace
Today's age of politicized and intolerant Christianism seems to me to be one of those moments when Christianity has estranged itself most thoroughly from the priorities and spirit of its founder. But this will pass. Christianity will survive . Religion & God
Torture was necessary to maintain slavery. It was integral to slavery. You cannot have slavery without some torture or the threat of torture; and you cannot have torture without slavery. You cannot imprison a free man forever unless you have broken him; and you can only forcibly break a man's soul by torturing it out of him. Slavery dehumanizes; torture dehumanizes in exactly the same way. The torture of human beings who have no freedom and no recourse to the courts is slavery. Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
When [George W.] Bush says that Abu Ghraib was the work of a few, he forgot to mention that he was one of them. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When they [Trump voters] get a [government] benefit. they assume that God gave it to them, But most people don’t want to pay for someone else’s undeserved benefits.
Who is going to say about Donald Trump that he is a frequent liar? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Al Gore's problem, in my view, is that he never liked politics. He's actually deeply uncomfortable in it but felt he had to do it because of his father. He's much more comfortable in a private sector role and has, in fact, been much more successful in a private sector role, and I admire him for that. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Although I never publicly defended promiscuity, I never publicly attacked it. I attempted to avoid the subject, in part because I felt, and often still feel, unable to live up to the ideals I really hold.
Anything that raises any internal honesty about gay life is inherently suspect. Life
Homosexuality is like the weather. It just is.
How can you tell when a political ideology has become the equivalent of a religion? Religion & God
I actually bought the argument that if we democratized Iraq, we could create a space for venting some of the stuff that's going on in the Middle East in these autocratic regimes that is expressing itself through jihadism, because it has nowhere else to express itself.
I can barely remember what I wrote yesterday, let alone 10 years ago.
I enjoy being around people who disagree with me; and I enjoy being in non-political contexts and activities.
I purge compulsively. I'm constantly shedding things.
I think if someone is writing continuously for 10 years and has not changed their mind about something - there's something wrong with them. They're not really thinking.
If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers. Families, Children & Parenting
In many ways, my attachment to human freedom was completely compatible with my right to live freely as a homosexual. Freedom & Liberty
I've always been a pretty candid person. I'm not a very secretive person; I'm not a very discreet person. One of my best friends once described me as pathologically indiscreet.
My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started. Families, Children & Parenting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No American should be forced to choose between their spouse and their country.
The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn't a profession, it's a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you're all set.
The Dixiecrats meet again in New York. Now they're called Republicans.
The good news about me is that my friends and social network is entirely independent of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
The relationship of black Americans to Obama is sociologically riveting.
There is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don't know what effect it has until you hear it.
Well, in the past, the size of government was one of the more fundamental dividing lines between Right and Left. The Right was supposed to represent the small government philosophy - limited spending, low taxes. Obviously, things have shifted. Government
We've got fuel prices coming down and good travel numbers coming out, so it's not surprising airline stocks are going up. Travel
What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship. Friendship
When I first started talking about gay marriage, most people in the gay community looked at me as if I was insane or possibly a fascist reactionary. Families, Children & Parenting
When I was about eight, I asked my mother if it was true that God knows everything about you. When she answered yes, I said, 'Then there's no hope for me, Mum.' Hope ;Religion & God
When you put a tiny and despised minority up for a popular vote, the minority usually loses.
You know, American citizens, I don't think, ever thought that the right to the pursuit of happiness did not include the right to marry the person you love. But for a whole number of Americans, gay Americans, that happens to be true. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness