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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Conservative purges: TAC edition

Ron Unz describes how he was purged from The American Conservative in 2013:
On June 12th, 2013 I was having an unusually lengthy phone conversation with Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative (TAC). I live in Silicon Valley, three thousand miles away from DC, and despite holding the nominal title of publisher my involvement with TAC business operations had usually been negligible, amounting to just a few minutes a week on the phone. But I had grown alarmed over the lack of any major new donations since January, and had begun urging McCarthy to make the cuts in expenses necessary for the publication’s survival, while lobbying the board on the same subject. Web traffic had also been sharply declining for six or seven months, suggesting the need for a change in editorial focus. And several months earlier, TAC had cut its print frequency in half to just six issues a year while doubling the annual subscription rate to $60, thus quadrupling the per issue cost to an unreasonable $10, a pricing decision I’d strongly questioned at the time and now believed we needed to reverse.

Despite my tradition of operational disengagement, I felt comfortable pressing these points. Since late 2006 I had provided some 70% of TAC’s total funding, and even after converting the publication into a non-profit in 2010, I had still remained TAC’s largest donor during 2012, while also serving as chairman. TAC had come close to shutting down on a couple of previous occasions and I wanted to avoid taking such a risk again, especially since over the last year or two I had begun regularly publishing some of my own articles in the magazine.

Finally, at the end of the call I asked McCarthy whether he’d yet had a chance to prepare a redlined edit copy of the new article I’d submitted a couple of weeks earlier and on which he’d previously suggested one or two minor changes that I had subsequently made. To my enormous surprise, he informed me that he’d decided to flatly reject the entire piece—an analytical study of American urban crime rates—as representing the sort of racially-inflammatory material that had no place in a quality magazine such as TAC. He instead suggested that a more appropriate venue for my article would be one of the webzines categorized as White Nationalist hate-sites by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

After a few stunned words on my part, I hung up the phone and almost immediately received an emailing McCarthy had sent out to his undisclosed distribution list, harshly criticizing my behavior while repeating his same charges in more measured terms, describing the subject of my article as “a distraction from TAC’s mission” and something that would “fatally detract” from TAC’s advocacy of “the case for noninterventionism and restricting executive power.” I soon discovered that my TAC blogging privileges had also been terminated, banning me from the website. Later, my access to TAC’s ongoing website traffic information was eliminated. So more than six years after becoming TAC’s publisher, I had been summarily purged.

For several weeks I made frustrating attempts to gain support from the other members of TAC’s governing board. But they had spent years just as totally disengaged as myself from TAC’s operations and had absolutely no desire to involve themselves in what they perceived as some sort of rancorous personal dispute. During this period I did my best to avoid publicizing my situation, partly because I found it so humiliating, but finally in late July National Review learned of this simmering controversy and solicited an interview. Initially I hesitated, but seeing that TAC—after rejecting my article as “a distraction”—had covered its homepage for several days straight with articles about British rock bands, zombies, giant robots, and cartoon characters, I became angry enough to provide my side of the story to the media. Three days after NR ran its short he said-she said item, TAC’s board convened in a special Sunday phone session to remove me, formalizing what had already occurred.
No wonder conservatives never get anywhere, not with opinion leaders like these.

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27 Comments:

Blogger Jail Cussox May 30, 2018 2:12 PM  

Yet another demonstration of noble defeat in action. Conservatives conserve inaction.

Blogger BassmanCO May 30, 2018 2:14 PM  

How does a non-profit survive without its (by far) largest donor? The whole story is odd, on top of his folding without much fight.

Blogger Hammerli280 May 30, 2018 2:15 PM  

I think the weak-kneed "moderates" have been the vulnerability of the conservative movement...for my entire lifetime. They combine moral cowardice with a bootlicking attitude toward the Left.

And we are well shut of them. We may not all agree with each other, but we are willing to discuss our disagreements in a civil manner, instead of instant excommunication.

Blogger Peter Gent May 30, 2018 2:15 PM  

"Since late 2006 I had provided some 70% of TAC’s total funding, and even after converting the publication into a non-profit in 2010, I had still remained TAC’s largest donor during 2012, while also serving as chairman."

Isn't this cutting off your nose to spite your face?

Blogger VD May 30, 2018 2:21 PM  

How does a non-profit survive without its (by far) largest donor? The whole story is odd, on top of his folding without much fight.

Brings in a new one. Unz folded because he didn't want to run it. It was easier to just start something new.

Blogger FP May 30, 2018 2:26 PM  

Hmm, yeah you might lose control when you let the enemy in the front door:

"In early 2011 we were contacted by Wick Allison, who introduced himself as the successful semi-retired publisher of D Magazine, billing itself as Dallas’ leading local guide to restaurants and nightlife. Allison had worked at National Review a quarter-century earlier and TAC was brought to his attention by his daughter, a recent college graduate then working as an intern at The New Republic. He told us he was close to TAC’s political positions, especially on foreign policy, and offered to become our CEO on a part-time, volunteer basis, providing the publishing expertise and fund-raising skills we needed to expand beyond our existing small-circulation niche."

Daddy bought daughter a news magazine, a daughter that was interning at the new republic magazine.

Blogger eyeslevel May 30, 2018 2:47 PM  

If you don't conserve your gene pool you don't conserve anything.

Blogger ant becker May 30, 2018 2:53 PM  

A take on Tommy Robinson with Ben Shapiro and one of Britain's gatekeepers getting a mention.

http://www.desertsun.co.uk/blog/7515/

Blogger Man of The West May 30, 2018 2:53 PM  

Grown men acting like tween girls. Disgusting.

Blogger Nathan May 30, 2018 2:56 PM  

Mr. Unz did not fold. He publishes his own online magazine now, which I would guess gets much more traffic than The American Conservative ever did while publishing articles not full of cuck faggotry.

Blogger Mark Stoval May 30, 2018 3:15 PM  

"To my enormous surprise, he informed me that he’d decided to flatly reject the entire piece—an analytical study of American urban crime rates—as representing the sort of racially-inflammatory material that had no place in a quality magazine such as TAC."

For most of life, anyone wishing to publish or highlight statistical facts about the differences between the races has been called a Nazi or Skinhead or racist or bigot or all those and more. Why? Because it goes against the magic dirt theory as well as the "blank slate" theory.

Please note that we did not help anyone by ignoring the facts. My God, some have gone so far as to claim there is no such thing as race at all! Jesus, Joseph, and Mary!

The conservatives who are afraid of objective truth are worse than a damn SJW.

Blogger Steve May 30, 2018 3:41 PM  

Daniel McCarthy looks like Randy Quaid playing a kiddy fiddler.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch May 30, 2018 3:48 PM  

A legion of suicidal weaklings, jumping off a cliff into a field of spears. Institutional compromise and collapse everywhere.

Blogger Mister Excitement May 30, 2018 3:49 PM  

That's Boomerism.

I watched an interview on Youtube today related to this topic.

The guy said that trying to convince Baby Boomers to change their minds away from Classical Liberalism and Egalitarianism is impossible.

He said it would be easier to build a stargate, go back in time, and then try to change their minds before they became brainwashed with all this equality nonsense.

From my experience with Boomers, I would have to agree. Building a stargate and time travel is more likely than red pilling Boomers.

Blogger insight May 30, 2018 3:54 PM  

From my experience with Boomers, I would have to agree. Building a stargate and time travel is more likely than red pilling Boomers.

NABAI - Nearly all Boomers are idiots.

Blogger Ledford Ledford May 30, 2018 4:18 PM  

I'm glad he got booted from TAC. I haven't looked at it for years. Unz Review I check every day.

I hope the enemies of truth continue their purges.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother May 30, 2018 4:20 PM  

Stargate is awesome.

Blogger tz May 30, 2018 5:17 PM  

It is a process. Compromise, Cucking, Converged.

Blogger VFM #7191 May 30, 2018 6:08 PM  

I've never thought much of TAC. I've viewed them as more anti-neocon/foreign intervention than properly right-wing. The late Lawrence Auster, whose blog I read and enjoyed for years, also wasn't much of a fan. For good reason. They're a bunch of cucks.

Unz is better off without them.

Blogger NO GOOGLES May 30, 2018 6:11 PM  

Here's the thing about "bootlicking moderates" - they will go along with whatever gores their ox the least. Right now that is the institutional left. But that's part of the reason we can win: as soon as we show that going with us will be less destructive to them than continuing to be quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) oppressed by the left things will change quickly.

Basically, we're setting the ground conditions needed for a preference cascade. We've already seen a few miniature preference cascades (Trump going from "not a serious candidate" to "Republican nominee" to "POTUS" was one of them) and given the serious issues that ignoring reality is continuing to inflict on the status quo things will continue to lean in our favor.

As for Boomers, it IS possible to redpill Boomers but it is extremely difficult and likely isn't worth it on a large scale. I've met Boomers who ended up redpilled but only after their own ox was gored into pudding by the very people/institutions/ideas they thought would protect them.

Luckily Gen Z has been so hamfistedly browbeaten by propaganda so obvious and laughably false that it's almost impossible for them not to notice how full of BS their elders are.

Just keep pushing. There is a lot of trudging through the mud and digging trenches that has to be done before bayonet charge that breaks the enemy completely.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 30, 2018 6:56 PM  

Suicide squad from Life of Brian

Blogger Robert What? May 30, 2018 8:09 PM  

How is TAC even still in business?

Blogger Timmy3 May 30, 2018 8:42 PM  

Bankrolling that mess without editorial control doesn’t make sense. Even if he didn’t want to run it, he could have brought he own trusted managers and editors.

Blogger Al Du Clur May 30, 2018 10:09 PM  

Odd. Boomers were the biggest supporters of Trump and Brexit. Neither would have won without them.

Was it stupid to vote for those or is it stupid to intentionally try and alienated a large group of potential allies like Hillary did with the working class whites?

Blogger Jack Amok May 30, 2018 10:23 PM  

He said it would be easier to build a stargate, go back in time, and then try to change their minds before they became brainwashed with all this equality nonsense.

Already tried it. No dice. Built the stargate, went back to '67, tried to change boomer's minds. Didn't work. Turns out they don't have any.

Blogger Heterodox May 30, 2018 11:57 PM  

Look at that physiognomy. Low t all the way. Can't trust a guy like that.

Blogger AnvilTiger May 31, 2018 5:04 PM  

Mister Excitement wrote:...He said it would be easier to build a stargate, go back in time, and then try to change their minds before they became brainwashed with all this equality nonsense.

From my experience with Boomers, I would have to agree. Building a stargate and time travel is more likely than red pilling Boomers.



I don't think so. I know several Boomers (ages in 50's to 60's) who are pretty right wing. But then, we are in the American mid-west, which has always been different from the east and west coasts. Regardless of people's age the area between the Rockies and the Appalachians (excepting the big urban cores) goes its own way. It is the invisible country.

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