O’Sullivan’s First Law

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O'Sullivan’s First Law describes the drift of many politicians, leaders, and organizations. It was first coined by John O'Sullivan in 1989.

It states that "All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."[1]


  • The Drudge Report's leftward shift.[2] To some extent, also to that of Fox News
  • Compromising Christian colleges, including Wheaton College, that first compromised on Biblical inerrancy and evolution, then increasingly on other issues (such as homosexuality, feminism, and Islam)
  • The many token conservatives who originally held conservative positions but shifted sharply to the Left
  • European establishment conservatives, who eventually shifted sharply to the Left, supporting Europhile, pro-mass migration, and anti-Christian policies
  • The Conservative Political Action Conference's leftward drift, marginalizing social conservatives and pro-gun activists, among other conservatives, while caving to the homosexual agenda
  • Pat Robertson's shift to the Left on certain issues, such as gun control, climate change, and his support for liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani in 2008
  • The Boy Scouts of America's shift to the left on social issues such as homosexuality and gender
  • The media, big business, and the military establishment once were generally conservative though liberal thinking now predominates them
  • Positions that once lay in the mainstream of society only a few years previously are being increasingly labeled as "far-right" or "ultra-right."[3]

See also


  1. O’Sullivan’s First Law, National Review
  2. Duke, Selwyn (January 17, 2018). “Whatfinger News”: What the Drudge Report Was Meant to Be. The New American. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. Williams, Thomas D. (June 24, 2018). Williams: For the Establishment, Anything Not Them Is ‘Far Right’. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.