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For the Washington Nationals' relief pitcher, see Jon Rauch.

Jonathan Charles Rauch (born April 26, 1960, Phoenix, Arizona)[1] is an author, homosexual, journalist and activist. After graduating from Yale University, Rauch worked at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, for the National Journal magazine, and later for The Economist magazine and as a freelance writer.

Currently a senior writer and columnist for the National Journal, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, and a writer-in-residence at the Brookings Institution, Rauch is also the author of five books.

A critic of U.S. government public policy in general, and specifically in its relation to homosexuals, Rauch has pursued gay-related topics as an openly gay[2] author since 1991 when he spoke out against hate-crime laws in The New Republic, and is an avid proponent of same-sex marriage.

Rauch is also well known for an article he wrote in The Atlantic Monthly in March 2003, entitled "Caring for Your Introvert: The habits and needs of a little-understood group". In this article, Rauch described his own experiences as an introvert, and how being an introvert has had an impact on his own life. For many introverts, his piece became a long sought after explanation of their own personality traits. Rauch's original article has drawn more traffic to The Atlantic Monthly site than any other article.[3]


  • Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America (2003)
  • Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working (1999)
  • American Finance for the 21st Century (with Robert E. Litan) (1998)
  • Demosclerosis: The Silent Killer of American Government (1994)
  • Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (1993)
  • The Outnation: A Search for the Soul of Japan (1992)

External linksEdit


  1. Contemporary Authors Online, s.v. "Jonathan Rauch" (accessed April 3, 2008).
  2. Rauch, Jonathan (2005), Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good For Gays, Good For Straights, And Good For America, Owl Books, p. 3, ISBN 0805078150 
  3. Stossel, Sage. "Introverts of the World, Unite!", The Atlantic Online, February 14, 2006. 

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