Skip to main content

Rev. Ben Johnson is a senior editor at the Acton Institute. His work focuses on the principles necessary to create a free and virtuous society in the transatlantic sphere (the U.S., Canada, and Europe). He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History summa cum laude from Ohio University and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. 

Rev. Johnson was a panelist at the 2016 CPAC. His writings have appeared in The (UK) GuardianHuman EventsThe Stream, Real Clear Policy,, Conservative ReviewThe Daily Caller, and have been cited by National Review, CBS News, and Fox News. 

He was managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and U.S. Bureau Chief at LifeSiteNews. He is the author of two books on tax-exempt foundations, as well as Party of Defeat (2008, Spence, with David Horowitz).  

Before turning to online journalism and editing, he spent more than a decade in all facets of radio broadcasting, including news and talk. He is a frequent guest on secular and Christian talk radio and television. 

He serves two parishes in the Eastern Orthodox Church. 

Latest Articles by Rev. Ben Johnson

  • Which is a real dystopia, the U.S. or Venezuela?

    As Americans contemplate a “Green New Deal” and British schoolchildren skip school by the thousand to demand ( more ) government action on climate change, a little-noticed op-ed gives us a
  • The libertine road to serfdom

    The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why The Church Was Right All Along . Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. TAN Books, 2018. 406 pages. Reviewed by Rev. Ben Johnson
  • Refuting Malthus, and Thanos, in 60 seconds

    One of the fiercest villains in the Marvel universe is Thanos – but he pales in comparison to economist and clergyman Thomas Malthus. An AEI scholar has produced a video refuting them both