Despite one’s political leanings, we have norms and expectations for people of various ideologies. For example, we expect progressives to be in favor of things like women having control of their bodies and support of the LGBTQ community. Likewise, we expect conservatives to be free-market capitalists, not engage in socialist practices.
The American Conservative, a popular “right of center” publication, has shown that the conservative message is something that cannot withstand the market. They are taking a very unconservative approach to stay in business. Instead of letting “market forces” help them live, thrive, and survive, they are taking a more socialist approach.
In a fundraising letter to their readers, The American Conservative is begging for “donations” in an unabashed socialist way. Bernie Sanders must be proud.
Despite the socialist fundraising, the publication is hardly an innocent charity. In reality, it is a 501(c)(3) organization which is basically a political body that gets out of paying taxes by registering as a 501(c)(3).
Despite the clever designation, The American Conservative has seen its popularity decline over the years. Since their founding in 2002, the publication came out twice a month until 2009 when it dropped to once a month. In 2013, it went to only being published every other month.
Below is an excerpt from their plea to their readers for cash:
As a nonprofit, we at The American Conservative rely on the generosity of our readers to keep the lights on. It’s because of you that we can provide the trenchant analysis, journalistic integrity, and cultural commentary that advances the ideas we hold dear. And in our current political climate, your support has never been more important.
As 2019 draws to a close, please consider joining The American Conservative’s year-end campaign by donating here. Every amount helps—and thanks to you, our readers, we’ll continue to put “ideas over ideology and principles over party” in 2020.
Apparently, one of those principles is not free-market capitalism. Pretty ironic for an organization that says it is putting “ideas over ideology” and “principles over party.”
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