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(Wikipedia) - The American Conservative   (Redirected from "American conservative" redirects here. For American conservatism in general, see Conservatism in the United States. The American Conservative Editor Categories Frequency Circulation Publisher Founder First issue Country Based in Language Website ISSN
The American Conservative cover
Daniel McCarthy
Editorial magazine
Jon Basil Utley
Scott McConnell, Patrick Buchanan, and Taki Theodoracopulos
October 7, 2002
 United States
Washington, D.C.

The American Conservative (TAC) is a bi-monthly journal of opinion published by the American Ideas Institute. It reflects traditional American conservatism that has argued vigorously against American interventionism, against a debt-based fiscal policy used to finance adventurism abroad and government growth at home, and against the intrusions on Americans’ private lives by state security apparatus. In general, TAC represents an anti-war and paleoconservative voice against the dominance of what it sees as a neoconservative strain on the Right. In 2009 Reihan Salam wrote that the publication had "gained a devoted following as a sharp critic of the conservative mainstream."

The magazine''s stated editorial position is ''that true conservatism has a predisposition for the institutions and mores that exist and the wisdom that underlies them. So much of what passes for contemporary conservatism is wedded to a kind of radicalism — fantasies of global hegemony, the hubristic notion of America as a universal nation for all the world''s peoples, economic theories that are utopian and ruinous, and an eagerness to substitute diatribe for debate. We believe in the conservatism of our forefathers: prudent, adaptive, humble, and grateful."

In 2011 and 2012, the magazine expanded its website,, adding as daily columnists Rod Dreher, Daniel Larison, and Noah Millman, with additional contributions by Scott Galupo, Kelley Vlahos, Philip Giraldi, Samuel Goldman, and Jordan Bloom.

  • 1 History
  • 2 Notable contributors
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links
    • 4.1 Selected articles
    • 4.2 Articles about The American Conservative


In 2002 The American Conservative was founded by Scott McConnell, Patrick Buchanan, and Taki Theodoracopulos in opposition to the Iraq War. "The idea of The American Conservative was that there were enough who disagreed with mainstream conservatism—libertarians, paleoconservatives, and civil libertarian conservatives, among other dissenters—to warrant such a publication. While other conservative magazines like the National Review and The Weekly Standard marched more or less in lockstep with the Bush Administration, The American Conservative argued for a different course—sometimes with greater ferocity than the major political magazines on the left."

Scott McConnell served as the magazine''s first editor, followed by managing editor Kara Hopkins.

Before the 2006 midterm elections, The American Conservative urged its readers to vote for Democrats, saying, "It should surprise few readers that we think a vote that is seen—in America and the world at large—as a decisive “No” vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome."

As of 2007, Buchanan and Taki ceased to be involved with the editorial operations of The American Conservative, although Buchanan remains on the board of its parent, the American Ideas Institute, and both continue to contribute columns. Ron Unz was named publisher in 2007. Some paleoconservatives regard him as a proponent of mass immigration. Unz has since published two major investigations for the magazine, one on the allegedly low incidence of Hispanic crime and one on China''s growth. In 2011, Wick Allison became the magazine''s publisher.

In its April 20, 2009, issue TAC announced that "he economic crisis is exacting a toll on the publishing world, and The American Conservative has not been spared" and that without "a major new infusion of capital", it would print its final edition on May 7, 2009. It subsequently returned to publication, but as a monthly.

In 2010, Daniel McCarthy succeeded Kara Hopkins as editor. In June 2011, Wick Allison, a former publisher of National Review and owner of D Magazine in Dallas, was named president and CEO of the American Ideas Institute, the magazine''s publisher. In September, 2011, the magazine introduced an editorial redesign of its print publication, and in May, 2012, a redesign of its website.

In 2012, David Brooks characterized the magazine as a paleoconservative publication, writing, "The American Conservative has become one of the more dynamic spots on the political Web. Writers like Rod Dreher and Daniel Larison tend to be suspicious of bigness: big corporations, big government, a big military, concentrated power and concentrated wealth. Writers at that Web site, and at the temperamentally aligned Front Porch Republic, treasure tight communities and local bonds. They’re alert to the ways capitalism can erode community. Dispositionally, they are more Walker Percy than Pat Robertson."

Notable contributors
  • Andrew Bacevich
  • Doug Bandow
  • James Bovard
  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Patrick Deneen
  • Philip Giraldi
  • Paul Gottfried
  • Leon Hadar
  • Peter Hitchens
  • Samuel P. Huntington
  • Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • Philip Jenkins
  • Bill Kauffman
  • Christopher Layne
  • William S. Lind
  • John Lukacs
  • Eric Margolis
  • John Mearsheimer
  • Rand Paul
  • James Pinkerton
  • Justin Raimondo
  • Fred Reed
  • Stuart Reid
  • Claes G. Ryn
  • Steve Sailer
  • R. J. Stove
  • Ron Unz
  • Alexander Waugh
  • Jim Webb
  • Philip Weiss
  • Geoffrey Wheatcroft
  • Thomas Woods

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