The American (magazine)

The American was an online magazine published by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. The magazine's primary focus was the intersection of economics and politics. Previously known as The American: A Magazine of Ideas, it was published six times annually from November 2006 to December 2008.

The American
EditorNick Schulz
First issueNovember 2006 (2006-November)
Final issueDecember 2008 (print)
CompanyAmerican Enterprise Institute
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D. C.

Origins and editorshipEdit

The American was founded in November 2006[1] by James K. Glassman, the former president of The Atlantic Monthly and former publisher of The New Republic, as an AEI project. It replaced the previous public-affairs magazine published by AEI, The American Enterprise.[2][3][4] Publication of the first issue was delayed until after the November 2006 election to include election results.[5]

In late 2007, Glassman left The American to serve as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy in the George W. Bush administration; he was succeeded as editor-in-chief by Nick Schulz, who had served as a senior editor of the young magazine since its founding; the first issue edited by Schulz was labeled March/April 2008.[6] (Glassman and Schulz had previously collaborated on TCS Daily.[7][8]) Schulz is also the DeWitt Wallace Fellow at AEI.[9]

In November 2008, AEI ended the print version of the glossy magazine due to its "'hemorrhaging' cash."[10]


The magazine published articles and book reviews—some topical, some reported, some analytical—on subjects at the intersection of economics, business, politics, and American public policy.[11] Current online content includes articles similar to those in the print version, traditional op-eds, "DataPoints" on public opinion (compiled by Karlyn Bowman), and, since May 2009, the Enterprise Blog, which features contributions from AEI scholars and staff members.

Editorial stanceEdit

"Our perspective," Glassman said at the magazine's launch, "is not partisan, but it is rooted in liberal, free-market economics."[4] Glassman said in 2006 that he believed "the three major business magazines"—that is, Forbes, Fortune, and BusinessWeek—"have, in an attempt to get a broader audience, gone downscale," creating a "big opening" for an intellectual magazine about business that is "absolutely not partisan or ideological—mainly a reported magazine rather than a magazine of opinion."[3]

Liberal writer Jonathan Chait remarked in The New Republic (which Glassman had published from 1981 to 1984) that The American, in replacing The American Enterprise, "seems less dewy-eyed about the virtues of democracy and far more dewy-eyed about the virtues of the bottom line. Out is the conservatism of Paul Wolfowitz. In is the conservatism of Montgomery Burns."[12]


Among the noteworthy contributors to The American have been:[11]

Notable storiesEdit

Luke Mullins's interview of a white-collar criminal who spent time in a minimum-security prison, which stated that minimum-security prisons were no longer "country-club prisons,"[13] prompted criticism by Peter Carlson in a column in the Washington Post.[14]


  1. ^ "The 30 Most Notable Launches of 2006". Mr. Magazine. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  2. ^ James Warren (November 27, 2006). "Dobbs' secret life, and more, in The American's debut issue". Chicago Tribune. [T]he November–December inaugural issue of the renamed and re-engineered publication of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute is rife with promise.
  3. ^ a b Irin Carmon; et al. (November 27, 2006). "Memo Pad". Women's Wear Daily.
  4. ^ a b Ron Bedard (November 27, 2006). "Washington Whispers". US News & World Report.
  5. ^ "Election results". Media Industry Newsletter. November 6, 2006.
  6. ^ Press release titled "Nick Schulz Named Editor-in-Chief of The American Magazine" American Enterprise Institute, April 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Brendan Conway, "What's Your Story?," Doublethink magazine, Winter 2007.
  8. ^ Nick Schulz, "Something Old, Something New," TCS Daily, September 19, 2006.
  9. ^ Bio page for Nick Schulz on the AEI Web site, Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  10. ^ David Weigel, "Conservative Think Tank Adjusts to Tough Times Archived 2009-06-19 at the Wayback Machine," The Washington Independent, March 13, 2009
  11. ^ a b "Archives" at, accessed January 19, 2009.
  12. ^ American Pie, Jonathan Chait, The New Republic, May 31, 2007.
  13. ^ Luke Mullins (May–June 2007). "Enter a 'Hellish Place'". The American. Retrieved 2007-08-08. The Bureau of Prisons is incredibly sensitive to accusations that they are coddling white-collar offenders," Novak said. “They are very sensitive to the 'Club Fed' mythology.
  14. ^ Peter Carlson (2007-05-15). "Bemoaning the Commoners at Club Fed". Washington Post. Country club prisons just aren't the same since they started letting the riffraff in.

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