O’Sullivan’s First Law

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Phyllis Schlafly speaks at CPAC in 1988, as William Rusher applauds. At the time of Schlafly's speech, CPAC was more conservative, but in more than three decades since then, CPAC has drifted to the Left and the non-conservative agenda of some of its sponsors.

O’Sullivan’s First Law describes the leftward drift of many politicians, leaders, organizations, and educational materials. First coined by John O'Sullivan in 1989, it states: "All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."[1][2]

One -- and only one -- possible counterexample: Twitter and its acquisition by Elon Musk. The U.S. Constitution uniquely prevents liberal creep from happening to the United States overall, based on federalism, separation of powers, and the guarantee of freedom of speech.


See also


  1. O’Sullivan’s First Law, National Review
  2. This law is also known as Robert Conquest's Second Law of Politics. [1]
  3. https://www.allabouthistory.org/history-of-harvard.htm
  4. https://www.revolver.news/2021/11/rhodes-scholar-diversity-laughingstock-part-two/
  5. Nolte, John (November 19, 2018). Did Fox News Cost the GOP Orange County? Breitbart News. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  6. Duke, Selwyn (January 17, 2018). “Whatfinger News”: What the Drudge Report Was Meant to Be. The New American. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. Richardson, Valerie (November 21, 2019). Et tu, Drudge? Alarm grows on right over site's anti-Trump pivot. The Washington Times. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  8. Byas, Steve (January 18, 2019). National Review Continues to be a Trojan Horse Inside the Gates of Conservatism. The New American. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  9. Bomberger, Ryan (December 6, 2018). I went to Wheaton to talk abortion. The student gov’t flipped out. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. Newman, Alex (December 12, 2018). Even Christian Colleges Falling to Anti-Christian Extremism. The New American. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  11. Duke, Selwyn (May 29, 2019). Two Journalists Warn That “Weak Christianity” Is Killing the West. The New American. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  12. Ellis, Jenna (December 19, 2019). Christianity Today does not speak for most evangelical Christians with a call for Trump removal. Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  13. Duke, Selwyn (March 6, 2019). Empowering Socialism: Some Republicans Caving on Climate Change. The New American. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  14. Newman, Alex (November 5, 2019). RINOs Join Democrats in Congress to Push Climate Hoax. The New American. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  15. Multiple references: Pro-life response:
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  18. Williams, Thomas D. (June 24, 2018). Williams: For the Establishment, Anything Not Them Is ‘Far Right’. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  19. Duke, Selwyn (December 10, 2018). Another Supposed “Far Right” Party Rises in Europe. The New American. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  20. Multiple references: See also: However, LGBTQ organizations were not satisfied:
  21. Multiple references: See also:
  22. Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin, Source Watch. www.sourcewatch.org
  23. Stratfor and the Privatization of Intelligence, by James Corbett, Mar 14, 2012. corbettreport.com