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The American Conservative: Restraint and Peace

The American Conservative has been an indispensable outlet for the ideas and arguments of dissident and traditional conservatives for more than fifteen years. Since its founding, the magazine and its website have been the principled voice of conservative opposition to the many follies of the Bush, Obama, and Trump eras, and they have also been the reliable defender of local communities, constitutional government, a broad distribution of power and wealth, and the causes of liberty and peace. That defense is needed now as much as it has ever been.

Over the last three years, TAC has been a consistent critic of the ill-conceived military intervention in Iraq and Syria, and we have been leading opponents of each escalation of that war. We have also been one of the loudest voices condemning U.S. support for the appalling Saudi-led war on Yemen since it began in 2015, and we are one of the only American publications to pay close attention to U.S. support for this conflict and the devastating effects of the war there. We continue to warn against the folly of wars of choice and the dangers of enabling reckless client states, but we have also been arguing for the importance of diplomatic engagement with Iran, Cuba, and North Korea. Our arguments are more necessary than ever as the U.S. remains entangled in multiple wars with no end in sight and risks entering more in the coming year.

The need for a conservative message of peace and restraint is clear. Both parties continue to be dominated by their most hawkish factions, and there is still only limited debate within either party over whether our government should continue to wage open-ended wars. There are large constituencies in both parties that are open to and interested in a much less meddlesome and interventionist foreign policy, but they continue to be grossly underrepresented in Washington and in our foreign policy debates. TAC offers a critically important voice for all Americans that want a foreign policy governed by respect for the Constitution, an understanding of the limits of American power, and the responsible and just use of that power abroad.

In order to keep doing this important work, The American Conservative needs the continued support of its readers, without whom we would be able to do nothing. All donations to the magazine are tax-deductible, and anything that you are able to give would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to give something, please donate here. If you are able to give a gift of $250 or more, you will receive a complimentary copy of Bob Merry’s new book, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century.

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about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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