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The American Spectator was founded in 1924  by George Jean Nathan and Truman Newberry over a cheap domestic ale in McSorley’s Old Ale House. In 1967, the Saturday Evening Club took it over, rechristening it The Alternative: An American Spectator, but by November 1977 the word “alternative” had acquired such an esoteric fragrance that in order to discourage unsolicited manuscripts from florists, beauticians, and other creative types, the club reverted to the magazine’s original name. Published remarkably without regard to gender, lifestyle, race, color, creed, physical handicap, or national origin.

The American Spectator Foundation educates the public on new ideas, concepts, and policies that favor traditional American values, such as economic freedom, individual liberty, self-sufficiency, and limited government.  To this end, the Foundation also trains and cultivates young writers for careers in journalism and serves as an outlet for a host of both young and established conservative writers and thinkers.


Editor-in-Chief R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
Editorial Director Wlady Pleszczynski
Publisher Melissa Mackenzie

Editorial Office

The American Spectator
122 South Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


The American Spectator LLC
is a subsidiary of
The American Spectator Foundation


Legal Counsel Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish & Short


Development Manager Alex Kiselica
Office Manager Evan Maguire

Senior Editors

Chief Saloon Correspondent Aram Bakshian Jr.
Spirits Correspondent Kevin Kosar
American Life Dov Fischer
Roving Correspondent Doug Bandow
National Politics Scott McKay
California Watch Steven Greenhut
Economics Editor Brian Wesbury
Paris Bureau Joseph A. Harriss
Movie and Culture Critic James Bowman
Senior Editorial Advisor Robert L. Bartley (1937–2003)
Kapellmeister Baron Von Kannon (1949-2015)

Contributing Editors


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