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.