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The American Conservative

The American Conservative cover
Editor Scott McConnell
Categories Editorial magazine
Frequency monthly
Circulation 15,000
Publisher Ron Unz
First issue October 7, 2002
Country  United States
Language English

The American Conservative (TAC) is a monthly (formerly biweekly) U.S. opinion magazine founded in 2002 by Scott McConnell, Pat Buchanan, and Taki Theodoracopulos. The magazine is edited by McConnell and published by Ron Unz. TAC represents a traditionalist, anti-war and paleoconservative voice against the dominance of what it sees as a neoconservative media establishment. It also has ties with paleolibertarians and libertarian conservatives although in 2005, TAC has been critical of libertarianism as it has been described by Robert Locke as 'the Marxism of the Right' where it supports mass immigration, degenerate practices and economic greed.[1] In 2009 Reihan Salam wrote that TAC had "gained a devoted following as a sharp critic of the conservative mainstream."[2]

The magazine's editorial stance differs from most other "conservative" and "neoconservative" publications in its opposition to George W. Bush's interventionist foreign policy as well as his immigration and trade policies. TAC also holds a decidedly more positive view of Europe than, for example, The Weekly Standard, National Review, or The New Republic. Many of its positions resemble another paleoconservative magazine, Chronicles, which influenced Buchanan; many writers contribute to both magazines.



TAC endorsed no single candidate in the 2004 presidential campaign, but instead offered the conservative case for six different choices. These included Buchanan for Bush, McConnell for John Kerry, Justin Raimondo for Ralph Nader, and Kara Hopkins for not voting, as well as arguments for the Libertarian and Constitution parties. The magazine did the same thing for the 2008 presidential election.

In the midterm elections of 2006, 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."[3]

Ron Unz was named publisher in 2007[4]. Some paleoconservatives regard him as a proponent of mass immigration.[4][5][6]

In 2008 and 2009 the magazine started or began hosting several blogs on its website: the group blogs @TAC[7] and Post Right, Daniel Larison's blog Eunomia,[8] Daniel McCarthy's Tory Anarchist, and John Schwenkler and J.L. Wall's Upturned Earth.[9]

In its April 20, 2009 issue TAC announced that "[t]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. Subsequently, however, it was announced that the magazine would continue to be published, but as a monthly. [10] [11]

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August 28, 2006.

Articles about The American Conservative


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