The American Conservative

I have always wished The American Conservative magazine well.

It was founded in 2002 during the lead-up to Bush’s elective Iraq adventure.  It was a lonely time for those that didn’t share in the collective war hysteria.  We had few resources other than and, so I welcomed the magazine and became a charter subscriber.

I even wrote an article for The American Conservative about my own experiences opposing the imperial folly, How to Lose Your Job in Talk Radio.  But somewhere along the line, through its prolonged identity crises, and as it failed to make hay of neoconservatism’s legacy achievement — its Iraq debacle — I let my subscription lapse.

Still, I’m on its email list  and today received a piece labeled “Your Opinion Matters- Take Our 2019 Reader Survey.”  One survey question alone makes clear that the magazine publishes from the interventionist plantation.  Here it is:

How should the United States respond to the crisis in Venezuela? [select one]

As you can see, all of your choices are constrained by what Tom Woods calls “the index cards of allowable opinion.”  Or, stated differently, if you don’t think we should be meddling in Venezuela at all, or taking money from beleaguered  Americans to give to foreign plutocrats, The American Conservative doesn’t seem to be interested in your opinion.



3:53 pm on September 5, 2019