Matt Purple

Managing Editor

Matt Purple is the managing editor of The American Conservative. Prior to that, he worked as the assistant managing editor at The American Spectator and as deputy editor for Rare Politics. His work has appeared in National ReviewThe National Interest, the UK Spectator, the Washington Times, Townhall.com, and elsewhere. A native of Avon, Connecticut, he currently lives in Virginia.

author archive

The Two-Faced Elizabeth Warren

She's a Harvard elite yet her economic ideas land well in a populist age. Which image will stick?
Matt Purple August 22, 2019

The Perverted Face of Elite America

In our tense populist moment, Jeffrey Epstein's crimes land like a grenade.
Matt Purple August 15, 2019

Washington Melts Down Over Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

Their obsession with Vladimir Putin misses the point and obscures the hard costs of our military misadventures.
Matt Purple December 21, 2018

Oscar Wilde’s #MeToo Trial

The Irish playwright caused a firestorm in his day. Can we forgive our artists' worst sins?
Matt Purple December 6, 2018

Oscar Wilde’s #MeToo Trial

The Irish playwright caused a firestorm in his day. Can we forgive our artists' worst sins?
Matt Purple December 6, 2018

Jonah Goldberg’s Burkean Turn

His latest book is a flawed but valuable warning not to forsake our national inheritance.
Matt Purple July 26, 2018

Anthony Bourdain, American Tour Guide

He loved culinary localism, hated McDonald's, and embodied the hedonist we all secretly want to be.
Matt Purple June 8, 2018

Tom Wolfe’s Tribalist America

Remembering the late great reporter-novelist who ventured into our mists and foresaw our present crisis.
Matt Purple May 17, 2018