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The American Conservative exists to promote a “Main Street” conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business; promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests.

We pursue this mission by publishing hundreds of essays, articles, and blog posts each year in The American Conservative (TAC) print magazine and at theamericanconservative.com, by training and providing an outlet for young journalists, by informing policy-makers and congressional staffers on the Hill, and by hosting special conferences and events.

The American Conservative is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization that presents a measured, pertinent, principled conservatism for our time. We believe in constitutional government, fiscal prudence, sound monetary policy, clearly delineated borders, protection of civil liberties, authentically free markets, and restraint in foreign policy mixed with diplomatic acuity. We adhere closely to our institutional maxim: ideas over ideology; principles over party.

We want an America that remains the world’s most powerful nation but husbands its power for protecting its own interests and promoting balance-of-power stability at crucial strategic points upon the globe. We want urban and rural places that are well stewarded and whose physical fabric promotes human flourishing. We want a federal government that restrains itself from intrusive forays into the lives and businesses of Americans. We want a corporate America that pursues profit in a market of fairness, unassisted by special favors and emoluments from invidious government. We want to protect and preserve our citizens’ legitimate interests through measured immigration policies that take into account the challenges of assimilation.

The American Conservative adheres to old and proven principles that are often discarded or paid lip service in the pursuit of power. We keep faith with the best of what the generations before us learned and teach us. We apply those lessons to the dislocations, temptations, and crises of the present day. The greatest of those lessons is to incline always to trust in the ultimate wisdom of the American people.

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THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE TEAM

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Tucker Carlson (Chairman) is the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel. He is the author of several books including Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution.

Tim Carney is a columnist and editor in Washington, D.C. He is the commentary editor for the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of several books including Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.

David Azerrad is an assistant professor of government and research fellow at Hillsdale College’s campus in Washington, D.C.

Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He is the author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

Yuval Levin is a resident scholar and director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the founding editor of National Affairs. He is the author of several books including The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism.

James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation located in New York City. He is the author of several books including Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America s Postwar Political Order.

Philip Bess teaches graduate urban design and theory at the Notre Dame School of Architecture where he previously served as Director of Graduate Studies. He is the author of several book including Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.

Charles Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

THE AMERICAN IDEAS INSTITUTE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Jeremy Beer

Jeremy Beer is the Chairman of the Board of the American Ideas Institute. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2000. Prior to co-founding American Philanthropic, LLC, in 2009, he was vice president of publishing and information systems at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, where he also served as the editor in chief of the institute’s award-winning press, ISI Books.

As a partner at American Philanthropic, Jeremy has worked closely with dozens of philanthropies and nonprofit clients in such areas as strategic planning, message creation, program analyses and audits, major-donor club creation and implementation, direct mail, grantwriting, and collateral material development. He is also the co-founder of AmP Publishers Group and has served as a literary agent for a select group of clients, including
the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn family.

Jeremy has published more than 40 essays and articles on philanthropy, culture, and politics in various academic and popular journals. He has lectured at Georgetown University, Calvin College, Augustana College, national meetings of the American Political Science Association, and elsewhere.

Jeremy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is a member of the Mars Hill Audio, Front Porch Republic, and Catholic Phoenix boards of directors.

Michael C. Desch

Michael C. Desch is professor and chair of the department of political science at the University of Notre Dame. A graduate of Marquette and the University of Chicago, he is the author of numerous articles and books on international relations and foreign policy including When the Third World Matters: Latin America and U.S. Grand Strategy (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). He has worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, and in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service.

C. Boyden Gray

C. Boyden Gray, of the District of Columbia, is the former Ambassador to the European Union (2006-2007) and former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy (2008-2009). He also served as former Special Envoy for European Union Affairs (2008-2009) and as White House Counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993).

Prior to his appointment as Special Envoy, Mr. Gray served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 2006 to 2007. From 1969 to 1981 and 1993 to 2005, Mr. Gray was a partner in the Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr law firm in Washington. He served as White House Counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) and served as Legal Counsel to Vice President Bush (1981-1989). Mr. Gray also served as counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief during the Reagan Administration.

Howard Ahmanson, Jr.

Howard Ahmanson, Jr. is a philanthropist living in Orange County, California.

William Ruger

William Ruger is the vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute. His most recent academic appointments have been as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an adjunct assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. Ruger is the author of a biography titled Milton Friedman and co-author of two books on state politics: The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy and Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom.

Scott McConnell

Scott McConnell co-founded The American Conservative in 2002, where he has held the positions of executive editor and editor, and where he is currently a founding editor. A former editorial page editor of the New York Post, McConnell continues to write on politics and American foreign policy.

George O’Neill, Jr.

George O’Neill, Jr. is an artist living in Lake Wales, Florida.

Jon Basil Utley

Jon Basil Utley is publisher of The American Conservative. Utley 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. Later he became a foreign correspondent in South America for Knight Ridder newspapers and for 17 years, starting during the Reagan Administration, was a commentator about third world issues on the Voice of America. 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, and other papers. He was formerly founding editor of The Bogota Bulletin, associate editor of The Times of the Americas, and a contributing editor to The Conservative Digest. He was born in Moscow.His father, a Russian trade official, was sent to the gulag and executed at the Brick Quarry in Vorkuta for being one of three leaders of a hunger strike. His mother, Freda Utley, became a prominent anticommunist author and activist.

Robert W. Merry

Robert W. Merry, a longtime Washington journalist and publishing executive, spent 12 years as a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and 22 years as an executive at Congressional Quarterly Inc., including 12 years as CEO. After CQ was sold to The Economist of London, he served as editor of The National Interest before retiring to Washington State to write books. He was lured from retirement in November 2016 to become editor of The American Conservative. Merry has produced five volumes on American history and foreign policy, including the most recent, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century, released on November 7 by Simon & Schuster.