''The American Conservative'' (''TAC'') is a magazine published by the American Ideas Institute which was founded in 2002. The publication states that it exists to promote a conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business alike; promote the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embrace realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America's national interests, otherwise known as paleoconservatism. Originally published twice a month, it was reduced to monthly publication in August 2009, and since February 2013, it has been bi-monthly.


''The American Conservative'' was founded by Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002 in opposition to the Iraq War. Daniel Strauss wrote: 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: "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 continues to contribute columns. Ron Unz was named publisher in 2007. In 2011, Wick Allison became the magazine's publisher, followed in 2013 by Jon Basil Utley, the current publisher. In 2010, Daniel McCarthy succeeded Kara Hopkins as editor. In September 2011, the magazine introduced an editorial redesign of its print publication and in May 2012 a redesign of its website. In October 2014, Benjamin Schwarz, the former national and literary editor of ''The Atlantic'', was named national editor of the magazine. In November 2016, Robert W. Merry succeeded McCarthy as editor, with Lewis McCrary and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos as Executive Editors. After Merry's retirement in July 2018, W. James Antle III was named editor.


In 2009, Reihan Salam, ''National Review'' editor, wrote that the publication had "gained a devoted following as a sharp ''critic'' of the conservative mainstream".Reihan Salam
The Mark Sanford Revolution?
''The Atlantic,'' March 13, 2009.
In 2012, David Brooks, columnist at ''The New York Times'', wrote:


Prominent contributors to ''The American Conservative'' have included Andrew Bacevich, Doug Bandow, Pat Buchanan, Andrew Cockburn, Rod Dreher, Paul Gottfried, Leon Hadar, Josh Hawley, Peter Hitchens, Samuel P. Huntington, James Kurth, Christopher Layne, Michael Lind, William S. Lind, John Mearsheimer, Rand Paul, Mark Perry, Steve Sailer, Roger Scruton, and Jim Webb.

See also

* Classical liberalism * Communitarianism * Conservatism in the United States * Libertarianism * List of United States magazines * Natural Law * Neoconservatism * Realism (international relations) * Religion in the United States * Tory * Traditionalist conservatism


External links

"Buchanan's Takeoff"
by Murray Polner, ''Columbia Journalism Review'', January/February 2003.
"Paleocon's Revenge"
by Whitney Joiner. ''Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management'', September 1, 2002.

by Alexander Konetzki, ''The Washington Monthly''
''The American Conservative''
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