That’s a wrap! The War Room is closed. (In other words: No, you can’t fight in here any more.)

It’s been over five years and hundreds of posts, and it’s time to shutter this project. I haven’t been here for a while, as you might have noticed, since I’m doing a lot of writing now for The Federalist, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, The National Interest, and a few other places. And with The Death of Expertise about to come out, I’ll be working on that, along with whatever that next book project is. (Don’t tell my wife. I said I’d take some down time once Death of Expertise was finished.) That means I haven’t been putting content here, so it’s time to turn out the lights.

The site will be here for most of 2017, but I won’t be adding anything new. At some point, I’ll get around to taking it all down, but for now, we’ll just throw some sheets over the furniture and leave things here while I head out into the desolation of the Commonwealth.

Thanks to everyone who read, and who followed me over to Twitter and into the many other magazines and papers I write for now. This was a great time, a place to air a lot of thoughts and work through some ideas. Your feedback was really helpful, and I’m glad I was able to provide a place — I hope — for some reasonable argument and discussion. This is where some of my most popular pieces, including “The Death of Expertise” and “The Revenge of Lost Boys” first appeared (in rough formats, since bloggers don’t have competent editors), and your responses to them were key to shaping them up for later publication.

I’ll open up a Facebook “author” page shortly. It’s under construction at @DeathofExpertise on Facebook, but there isn’t much there yet. Also, the “” email will no longer get a response; if you need to reach me, you can find me this way:


Twitter: @RadioFreeTom

Phone:   shya

Once again, thanks to everyone who came by and read over these five years. I hope to continue the conversation with you.

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  1. Dr. Nichols,

    Thank you for the work you’ve put into the blog over the years. From being a student in your Harvard classes to beginning my own teaching career, I’ve always been able to find something influential, informative, and also humorous to read here. The War Room will be missed but I’ll look forward to the new book and seeing what comes next.

    Thanks once again, and have a happy new year.

  2. Sad to learn this. thank you for your comments and thoughts.
    I wish you success with the new book. I already had the uni library order it.
    I hope it will help eliminate dilettantes – on both sides of the catedra.