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About Jon Basil Utley

Jon Basil Utley is publisher of The American Conservative. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with language studies in Germany and France. He first worked for American International Group insurance in Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia. He was founding editor/publisher of The Bogota Bulletin. Later he worked in finance and insurance in Peru. Then he became a foreign correspondent in South America for Knight Ridder newspapers. For 17 years, starting during the Reagan Administration, he was a contract commentator about communism and third world issues on the Voice of America. After the collapse of communism he worked with the Atlas Network on supporting the creation of free market think tanks in Russia and Eastern Europe. He managed an oil drilling partnership in Pennsylvania and later worked in real estate development. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Journal of Commerce, Miami Herald and other papers. He was associate editor of The Times of the Americas, and a contributing editor to Conservative Digest. Utley was born in Moscow. His father, Arkadi Berdichevsky, a Russian trade official, was arrested in 1936 and later executed during the Soviet purges. His English mother, Freda Utley, escaped Russia with him. They immigrated to America in 1939, where she became a prominent anticommunist author and activist.

Why Socialism Is Still Popular

Evolutionary psychology may explain it.

White Russia Makes Progress

A visit to Minsk reveals a peaceful transition to economic freedom.

Why Civil Defense Still Matters

Meet the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness

Trump and Washington’s Wars

What he could and couldn’t do

Trump’s Trade Deficits

Six ways Washington handicaps U.S. exporters

Among the Rubble of the Freedom Agenda

Bombing occupied cities might liberate them from ISIS—but what will survive?

Why Military Hospitals Are Unhealthy and Inefficient

The Pentagon needs more oversight of its sprawling health care network.

Terror Experts Flounder on ISIS

When it comes to the Islamic State, the establishment still doesn’t have any long-term answers.

From Sun Tzu to Fourth Generation War

In developing military strategy, the U.S. must learn old lessons and adapt to new realities.

Blame Regulation, Not Capitalism

Stagnant wages and standards of living are the product of too much government, not too little.

American Jews Reject the Israel Lobby—and Support the Iran Deal

The war coalition of billionaires, fundamentalists, and Netanyahu cronies doesn’t speak for Jewish opinion.

Ukrainians Are Not Nazis—and They Need Our Help

Why conservatives and libertarians should support aid for Kiev—and diplomacy with Russia.

Why We Need Criminal-Justice Reform

Our system incentivizes excessive prosecution and punishment—as I found out.

12 Reasons America Doesn’t Win Its Wars

Too many parties now benefit from perpetual warmaking for the U.S. to ever conclude its military conflicts.

The New Lie About Iraq

What we knew in 2003 didn’t make the case for war—a campaign of hype and deceit did.

Netanyahu and the Crumbling Israeli Lobby

Support for the Likud prime minister’s hardline policies is fading among American Jews and Christians alike.

Five Ways Uber Changes the City

Ride-sharing apps are transforming urban economies beyond the taxi industry.

Libertarians and Putin’s Catastrophic Corruption

Russia risks becoming a chaotic “failed state.” Here’s how we should respond.

Reagan’s Man at VOA: Kenneth Tomlinson, RIP

Ken Tomlinson, who died last week, was one of Ronald Reagan’s key …

Electoral Systems and Failed Democracies

Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Iraq—they all use proportional representation.

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