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1. Harpers Magazine - Regular Ed
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Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Literary, brainy, and left-leaning, Harper's Magazine is an American institution (the first issue was dated June 1850). Its clean, type-heavy design shouts "serious readers only": many pages are two columns of text, period, and the illustrations are mostly art (often photographic) and artistic adornments. The reading, though, is what matters. It's substantive and often sublime. Along with lengthy, thoughtful, frequently controversial articles on politics and culture, you'll find essays, short fiction, in-depth reporting, and a few book reviews. Bylines routinely represent leading writers and thinkers of the day. Standing features include the much-copied but rarely equaled "Harper's Index," in which statistics tell stories; "Readings," a section of excerpts ranging in length from a few lines to thousands of words; and "Annotation," in which a real-life document is reproduced and "explained," usually to devastating political or cultural effect. Each issue is a full meal for the mind. --Nicholas H. Allison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest literary periodical in existence
I finally received a subscription to this amazing magazine as a gift, and I've read my first issue cover-to-cover over the span of two days. This month's (February 2003) issue includes, among other things, an essay on the inevitable doom that humans will eventually face when our planet experiences its next major cosmic collision.. Unless, of course, we manage to annihilate ourselves via environmental, militaristic, pathological, or technological means, pre-empting the arbitrary extinction caused by an asteroid or comet.

Every issue of Harper's contains excellent essays, fiction, political discussion, and of course the Harper's staples, such as the Index. Many of the stories and essays win major literary prizes such as the O'Henry award, and get included in high-profile anthologies such as the *Best American* series. Certainly, for a writer, if you are chosen to appear in Harper's, you are at the pinnacle of your craft.

Although the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and many other smaller literary magazines consistantly offer excellent content and visually pleasing formats, Harper's seems to lead the pack -- maybe because of it's no-nonsense approach, limited advertising, regionally non-specific content, and diversity of topics. The fact that Harper's is aided by a non-profit organization must contribute to its quality; certainly any independence from advertisers can only improve the open-endedness and creativity that Harper's excels in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Magazine I've Ever Subscribed To
I ordered Harper's from Amazon nearly a year ago and I have come to treasure each issue for its unique blend of essays, art, and literary criticism. My subscription has become a de facto extension of my liberal arts education, as the magazine's pages are graced with politics, history, literature, and the arts.

Each issue features an essay from editor Lewis Lapham, an essayist of the same caliber as Gore Vidal. Lapham's style and vocubalary are extraordinary, and his writing is often laced with biting satire.

The magazine is illustrated with contemporary art from galleries across the United States, and includes informative features like the "Harper's Index" and the "Readings" section (garnered from documents in the public domain). Each issue usually includes two serious book reviews, sometimes stretching across several pages of small, dense type.

A subscription to this indispensible magazine will enlighten and entertain, equipping the reader to understand the contemporary world.

2-0 out of 5 stars Variable
During the 1980s and 90s Harpers decayed badly from a journal of literature and opinion into a collection of short pieces and meaningless charts- sort of a journal for the literary pretentious with a short attention span. During the late 90s and the early part of this century, an effort was made to recreate the old Harpers.

Gone now are the annoying fragments and pointless tables, but the quality of the writing is still variable. At its best, Harpers still trails far behind The Atlantic, and at its worst it's pitifully sophmoric. I'll try it again in a few more years.

2-0 out of 5 stars Quality has gone down dramatically
I used to be a subscriber and an avid reader. Recently, perhaps in the last two years or so, the quality of the writing has become rather poor. The selection of articles is uninteresting, and sometimes half the articles themselves are so poorly written as to be unreadable. The fiction is simply mediocre, and the entire magazine seems to be infected with editor Lewis Lapham's shrill and ever-growing Notebook (does the man ever have anything interesting or original to say?). In short, Harper's is not the magazine it once was. I would suggest the Atlantic Monthly if you want a magazine that is interesting, informative, and well-written, cover to cover.

1-0 out of 5 stars For culturally esoteric people only
I was bored by this magazine. The artistic analysis and views were useless to me. I have a feeling a small group of people into arts and culture would love it. Not for a casual reader hoping to be entertained. ... Read more

2. Mental Floss

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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The smart thing? subscribe to The Floss!
i've been a big fan of mental floss since its inception. every issue continues to impress me and the magazine just keeps getting better. the magazine is not only funny and entertaining, but also a wonderful resource for anyone with a love of learning. there is no other magazine like it! i've shared this magazine with friends and family here in california and its been a huge hit out here. in spite of the magazine's fresh and somewhat irreverent appearance, people of all ages would appreciate its content. i highly recommend this magazine!

im looking forward to the mental floss boardgame and calendar!

5-0 out of 5 stars mental floss
"mental floss" the cover says "feel smart again"--- you'll feel smart, you'll feel touched by some articles, and much of the time you'll feel a chuckle coming on.... This is such an entertaining magazine with contributors guaranteed not to be "ordinary." I love each issue. I have begun using "mental floss" subscriptions as gifts and don't plan to ever toss an issue in the trash..that's because each time I pick one up I find something new. Chock-full of interesting facts- yes, some are useless, all are informative, some are thought provoking, and MANY are funny, "mental floss" is the greatest new magazine.
Highly recommended for everyone looking for something new and smart.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Thing In My Mailbox!
I have subscribed to "Mental Floss" from the very beginning, and now look forward to each new issue anxiously. Founded just a couple of years ago by two former college roommates who wanted a fun, hip, urbane magazine to make them smarter with style, "Mental Floss" has become a huge success, and is one of the few new magazines that debut each year that is actually prospering.

Each issue is loaded with information on interesting topics, from how common (or very uncommon) things work, to odd and unknown histories and biographies that you will not find anywhere else (and if you did, certainly not in as condensed and succinct a form as you will find here.) Without exception, the writers are literate, knowledgeable, and good humored.

The things that you don't know will amaze you after reading this magazine. Try "Mental Floss", and I am willing to bet that you will be hooked. I know I am.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, but not too serious
Finally! A magazine that does not insult your intelligence, but is still fun. This is not just another magazine full of whiners with good vocabularies. It will inform, but still laugh at itself. Fun reading for the thinking person, who doesn't care what Britney Spears is doing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Be patient, it's worth the wait......
For the disgruntled reviewer, when you order through it takes longer to reach the publisher. does state it will be 12-16 weeks, to receive your first magazine after you order. If you ordered in March, chances are you'll start with the June/July issue, as the publication is a bimonthly. Sometimes the double month's issue i.e. June/July is referred to as July. I'm betting you'll start with that issue. There may be some confusion, as far as when you are starting, as compared to what issue you are starting with.

I have been a subscriber for a while, & expect the June/July issue to arrive towards the end of May, if the schedule remains the way it's been previously. The magazine, as well as the customer service is superior by far. Give it a chance, I'm sure you'll be "VERY PLEASED" in the long run. I've renewed my subscription up to the year 2007, I enjoy the magazine so much! Trust me, once you start receiving it, you'll be delighted! ... Read more

3. Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Presents the best ideas in nonprofit management, philanthropy & corporate citizenship.
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4. Mother Jones
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Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Presents articles dealing with national news, investigative reporting, commentary, the arts as well as articles on health, the environment and book reviews.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A top News magazine
Unlike TIME or Newsweek Mother Jones magazine is willing to take on the big corporations and the sacred cows of government. It has been a publication we have read for decades and is fair. Liberal for sure, but also fair. They took on politicians who were in the corner with the tobacco companies. People like then California Speaker and now San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. They have exposed the hypocrites who fight porn and the hypocrites within organized religion. They have been on the front lines on racial and ethnic issues long before the average "news" magazines gave a damn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magazine .....
Mother Jones is one of the most well written and well researched magazines on the market. It rivals all other publications that stray from the mainstream (such as The Nation) and is filled with articles that are critical of all government policies whether they stem from the left or the right and offers extensive analysis of policy and cultural issues. It is , of course , not for all, but rather for those with open minds who do not submit to political dogma (preached either from the left or the right). I highly recommend this magazine.

2-0 out of 5 stars pseudoscience
I am interested in a REAL magazine of progressive politics and environmental conservation. Most of this is poorly researched invective.

5-0 out of 5 stars Independent research is the only way to truth
Mother Jones uses an independent research fund to pay their journalists for news articles and research. They do not allow advertising or parent companies to get between the truth and what gets published. If you want to be educated on what is going on in the environment and government, and corporate activity in regards to both, you should read Mother Jones. It is unbiased. The search for truth should not be labeled as a solely left-wing or liberal activity. And if it is, then shame on those radical conservatives who wish to disassociate themselves from something noble.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where is the zero star rating?
Are you kidding me!!! I have never seen a more biased "news" magazine in my life. Unfortunately for me, this magazine was a gift to me (obviously as a joke)and now I have been put on every socialist organization's mailing list and must put up with Dean's campaign propaganda.

This rag is typical leftist dribble; blame everything wrong with the world on Bush and the Republicans. Of course, as with the liberals and the DNC, they offer no serious solutions, just blame. This magazine actually promotes radical socialism as if the world would be better under some Stalinist regime. No thanks, I enjoy my freedom. ... Read more

5. Utne
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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars a reader's digest for the liberal set
UR consistently packs their pages with quality and diverse material.

Their feature subjects are covered comprehensively and from several viewpoints. Other articles might not receive such thorough treatment, but still provide much food for thought. Every issue is a opportunity to learn something new.

5-0 out of 5 stars For thinking people
UTNE is a publication we got hooked on back in late '89.

We jokingly refer to it as the thinking readers Readers Digest, since the articles aren't "feel good" but are articles that are meant to make the reader think. Articles that come from a variety of other publications and cover a plethora of issues and topics.

It is a magazine that I find myself re-reading and re-reading past issues for months or years ago. And yes the publication is liberal or at least alternative lifestyle mode.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite magazine, or at least close to it
I've been a subscriber of UR for about 12 years - most of the time since the mag. has been in print. As someone said, it's sort of a 'Reader's Digest for liberals', or possibly another good tag is UR's own subtitle 'the best of the alternative press'. But that still doesn't completely describe UR. Yes, it has a lot of articles culled from all kinds of other magazines, big and small, but it also has good original feature articles. Every issue (every two months) has a 'centerpiece' of a particular topic with several articles on that topic. There are also always interesting articles on all kinds of things, which was led me to read about things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise (Atlantic Monthly has done the same thing for me many times, but I only have so much time to read!).
I'd highly recommend Utne Reader to intelligent, literate people who want to read news and articles on all kinds of things - political, environmental, social, economic, entertainment (the list goes on). Unlike a lot of media, UR doesn't have an American-only viewpoint, either. It's also fun. While many articles are on some serious topic, many are more fun, too, such as jump-starting your creativity, places to travel, etc.
Believe me, there is so much in every thick issue that you wouldn't want this magazine to come out every month. Check out an issue!

5-0 out of 5 stars Addendum to the other reviews on the first page
Hello, this will be the third time in the last many years that I've received, and read, UR on a regular basis. I agree with most of the other reviews. However, what I find most outstanding about the magazine is how uplifting, and ultimately positive, it is. I subcribe to several dozen web sites, from the media from around the world, most of which are far left of "liberal." While I take everything that I receive, through all forms of media, with a very large "grain of salt," I do tend to put much more stock in what I read on the web than I do in what the mainstream media feeds us, especially that from the U.S. Therefore, as a result of that reading, I often feel sorrow, rage, cynicism, and/or depression. Utne's positive spin on issues, even when the subject is inherently distressful, inspires me, as almost no other form of media does (except, sometimes, music), to rise up out of any negativity that I may be indulging in, and take positive steps toward helping to make our world a better place for us all. For that, I am very grateful to everyone who is responsible for such a fine magazine. Thank you, Utne.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like Reader's Digest, except for Liberals
I love Utne Reader. A friend gave me an issue several years ago and I've subscribed ever since.

When people ask me about it, I say "it's sort of like Reader's Digest" with lots of articles that have already been published in other publications. The difference is, the Utne staffers search through little known and not so common magazines for their stories. It should also be mentioned that Utne picks a topic for each issue. Here are some past topics:

Imagine the America You Want March/April 2003 (Issue 116)
The Future of Healing May/June 2001 (Issue 105)
Great American Sellout November/December 1999 (Issue 96)
Gender blur September/October 1998 (Issue 89)
The future of love November/December 1996 (Issue 78)

You can buy past issues as well.

Utne is a forward-thinking magazine with liberal viewpoints. This may put people off. I find it refreshing. ... Read more

6. Foreign Policy
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Publisher: Foreign Policy
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Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Presents articles dealing with the United States' attitude toward world affairs and current events.
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5-0 out of 5 stars As good as Foreign Affairs, but with pictures too :)
I am a big fan of Foreign Affairs magazine to which I have subscribed for five years. I find Foreign Policy to be very interesting as well, and I find that there is not usually an overlap of information between the two - rather they seem to supplement each other. Whereas Foreign Affairs is comprised of articles contributed from a variety of sources - politicians, professors, economists, ambassadors, etc - Foreign Policy is written somewhat more like a traditional news magazine, in that it deals with current issues - but like no other. The coverage is very in-depth, more along the lines of news coverage in the Economist or Foreign Affairs. I enjoy the area studies in this magazine, as well as the format in general. I find that I pick up FP and read it very quickly - the photographs are always well-done, unusual shots, and the use of graphs and charts (often to compare ways of life in one aspect or another between countries) make FP more easy to browse. I enjoy the internet news section, and sections such as Read Between the Lines and Think Again (like a transcript of a debate session for a given argument). I also enjoy the sociological tilt that this magazine has - it differentiates itself from other political and news magazines.

5-0 out of 5 stars The above review is untrue.
Foreign Policy is not owned by the Council on Foreign Relations.
It is owned by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars FP Deserves Its Excellent Reputation
FP is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Articles in the current issue (May-June 2004) are about al Quaeda, world trade in small arms, selling to the world's four billion poor people and American public opinion on Iraq, terrorism, North Korea and free trade.There are also articles on such subjects as saving endangered species and a comparison of Kerry and Bush on foreign policy. FP is marking the second anniversary of the magazine's ambitious attempt to rank the world's 21 rich countries on "how their policies help or hinder social and economic development in poor countries." First place on this year's report card goes to the Netherlands while the United States is ranked seventh.

There are still other articles plus reviews and a lively letters section. The latter is devoted solely to reactions to an earlier article by Samuel Huntington on the impact on the United States from Hispanic immigration.

The contributors include mostly academics with a sprinkling of journalists and other professionals. Some of the recent writers are Allen J. Hammond, C.K. Prahalad, Jason Burke, Steven Kull, Kenneth Rogoff, Minxin Pei, Tamar Jacoby and Patrick Buchanan. The articles cover timely topics and they are written in a highly readable style. The reader does not necessarily have to be an academic to enjoy this publication. FP definitely deserves its reputation for excellence.

3-0 out of 5 stars Yawn. Provocative it is not.
I find Foreign Policy to be a bit too cocky, dull, and long-winded. I subscribed hoping to find stimulating intellectual discussion, but Foreign Policy can't seem to shake its centrist shackles. Its articles are less well-researched and provocative than they are lengthy, and I was less than impressed with many so-called "expert" authors who seized the opportunity to publish op-eds rather than engaging original arguments. Foreign Policy's decision to feature Samual Huntington's bunk argument regarding the Hispanic "threat" to America on the cover is a case in point.

On the other hand, Foreign Policy is not a bad read if it is considered supplemental. Just don't expect to be blown away.

2-0 out of 5 stars Foreign Policy
I visited the section on Magazines at -seems like they got thousands of them. Great.

But on the selections called "international" there are only 5-6?? The whole world, and only 5-6 magazines ? Nothing on Asia, even while half the world's people live there!

Besides that Economist Magazine, Latin Trade there where only 3 others offered. 2 of them where Jewish. The only one interesting to me is/was this "Foreign Policy". But that one takes a couple of months to get started and they will not even sent it outsite USA?!

Often visiting book stores in the US I find those amazingly thin to nothing, on international matters. Except for cook books. I guess on Amazone on line is no different. USA is as inward looking as ever I supose. ... Read more

7. National Review
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Publisher: National Review
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Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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Provides first hand reports on national, international, and cultural affairs with focus on Washington and other political hot spots.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well Documented Articles And Analysis
"National Review" is the premier conservative current events journal in the world today. The magazine is unapologetically conservative, yet has a frequent libertarian streak (note, for instance, the coverage of the marijuana legalization movement in the July 12, 2004 issue.) While I don't always agree with some of the positions taken, I always find the reasoning that the articles are based on interesting and worth reading. I appreciate that the magazine is up front about its conservatism, and does not go through the charade of pretending to be neutral on issues. If only "Time" and "Newsweek" on the left were as honest.

The best sections of the magazine, for a quick news briefing, are "For the Record" and "The Week", conveniently located in the front of the magazine. Although I like and respect William F. Buckley, I tire quickly of the grammarphilic column "Notes & Asides" which deals largely with pointless debates on the subject of arcane grammatical rules. (Who cares?) That is really the only section of the magazine I tend to gloss over on a regular basis. "National Review" is particularly good as spotting inconsistencies in positions and political flip-flops. It is exceptional about covering (with well documented sources) liberal mainstream media bias. In particular the July 26, 2004 issue is particularly enlightening on the issue, running several interrelated articles on the subject dealing with everything from Reuters, which refuses to use the word "terrorist" in its stories as it is too prejudicial against...well...terrorists, to an excellent piece by Rachel Friedman on Peter Jennings, in which more than ample evidence of his rampant bias is evidenced. (Quote from Jennings: "My mother...was pretty anti-American. And so was I in some respects, raised with anti-Americanism in my blood, or in my mother's milk at least.")

Some of the more negative reviews of the magazine note that some of the editors are Catholic. (For the record, I am not.) This seems to bother some reviewers inordinately, and I have to ask this: Why? Don't Catholics have as much right to express themselves as any other person of any other religion? Some of the editors are Jewish. So what? If they think and write well, and report accurately with documented sources, I could not care less, and don't see why anyone else should either. It has also been noted that John Kerry has been receiving a lot of attention recently in "National Review", which at least one reviewer thought made the magazine a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. I am a tad confused by that turn of logic, inasmuch as "National Review" is by definition a magazine that covers current political events, and right now, John Kerry is important news. Further along these lines, exposing flaws and inconsistencies in Kerry's statements does not make "National Review" a mouthpiece of the Republicans. It just seems that way because on all important issues and values the Republican Party and "National Review" agree. That is an important distinction.

"National Review" is not a slick, glossy magazine designed to sell as many copies as possible by exploiting misfortune (if you want that, I suggest "Time"). It actually is a collection of very bright people writing incisive, important articles and commentary vital to the future of our country. I highly recommend "National Review".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Record of the Right
If I had to pick one magazine or book that affected my life the most, I would have to pick the National Review. I have had a subscription to NR for 6 years now and I never miss the chance to read through an issue. Even though it is a confessional conservative magazine, I think most people could agree that NR always has extremely unique and interesting viewpoints, expressed by a group of writers that is really unparalleled in the magazine world of today.

Ever since 1955, when conservative patriarch William F. Buckley started the magazine, the right has really been defined by what is in the National Review. Some of the most important position and opinion pieces of the last 5 decades can be found in the pages of the review. If you want to know what conservatives are thinking, what they are planning, and how they see certain issues, you just have to read this magazine. If you are a conservative already, nothing in print can solidify your own position better than the review. Along with the educated opinion, NR does some really solid reporting on oft-ignored topics such as the Saudi influence on worldwide terrorism and the libertarian argument for drug legalization. This is a very good time to subscribe to NR, as they do tons of great writing on important topics such as the war on terrorism and the next steps for the Bush administration.

The list of NR contributors reads like a who's who of the conservative movement. The old stalwarts are still present, such as W. F. Buckley and Kate O'Bierne, but there is a whole host of new writers that are really taking the magazine back to the glory days. People like Andrew Sullivan, Rich Lowry, David Frum, and Jay Nordlinger add their wonderful insights to this powerful magazine. Other, less frequent but no less enjoyable writers include classics professor Victor Davis Hansen and historian Richard Brookhiser. Also included are cutting political cartoons and various other humor articles that poke fun at our ideological opponents. NR is heavily influenced by the conservative Catholicism practices by some of its senior editors, but it does not make the journal less accessible to more secular readers. A lot of publicity has been hoisted on William Kristol's Weekly Standard and its power inside the administration, but if you really want to tap into modern American conservatism, NR is the best place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars tried and true, tops!
National Review is legendary conservative opinion, now updated with progressive conservatives.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Premier Conservative Magazine.
National Review is the most thorough journal of modern day conservativism. William Buckley has moved into retirement but Rich Lowry does an admirable job of being Editor in Chief. Their columnists and reporters are outstanding. Their stories are well-documented and they take their burden of publishing only the truth quite seriously. NR has recently become better looking with the addition of color photography. The covers of the books they discuss are replicated in color and Mark Steyn's essay in the back is adorned with a picture as well. Their snippets of news in paragraph form, which appear at the front, make for fast, informational reading and they'll be treasured by one's short-attention span friends if you pass them on. Also of note, is the digital version of the magazine which can be obtained on the cheap and downloaded or read online. I've had it for 4 years time and found value in every issue.

3-0 out of 5 stars Partisan Politics
I had a subscription but did not continue my subscription this year. In my humble opinion the last few issues were highly partisan and I thought the magazine was or has become a republican mouthpiece.

I am a conservative and I enjoy the articles and especially the book reviews. Buckley is a fine writer. But when the cover has a picture of John Kerry on a Swift boat and three or four issues seem to be directed primarily at Kerry I know the magazine is not just conservative but it is a republican mouthpiece and has a nasty and unfair editorial streak.

First of all attacking Kerry's war record is foolish. He volunteered to go to Vietnam, he volunteered to serve in a unit that had a 75% casualty rate, he received a number of medals including a Silver Star. My opinion is that he was an outstanding patriot to do that. The fact that he protested the killing of millions of Vietnamese after his Vietnam experience is now taken as a sign of weakness or mental instability is in fact all quite shocking and just dirty politics.

You can attack Kerry on his record in the Senate, his character, his possible lack of ability to manage and build a team as did Reagan, or his lack of a core philosophy like Reagan, or his ability to create a vision and to lead, or to be out of touch with the average worker, and you can differ with his views - and for most people that is fair game. But when Bush served his time in the National Guard learning to fly, and when Clinton took the cover of an educational deferment at Oxford, and I have read that only one Congressman has a son or daughter in the Iraq conflict, then it is all quite morally wrong to attack Kerry on that point.

In any case I refuse to pay for republican propaganda.

My humble opinion as a former subscriber.

Jack in Toronto ... Read more

8. The Weekly Standard
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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Want a brief overview of conservatism?
I subscribed to this magazine for a short time. I was interested in the conservative perspective on political issues. I got bored with the magazine after a few weeks.

Though I do not often disagree with the political views presented, I found most of the essays far too short and lacking in-depth discussion of either current events or the conservative slant. I would personally prefer a magazine that is more unabashed about going into great detail about the whys of issues and events, something that spends more time explaining and defending its position. The writers for the Weekly Standard seem to take it for granted that their readers are in complete agreement with them, and bypass argument, effectively going straight to conservative venting about political issues. There is a place in the world for publications like this, but it isn't quite what I had in mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better conservative publications
Along with National Review, the Weekly Standard is one of the most popular and influential conservative magazines out there. While it tends to promote the same issues of NR (and even uses many of the same writers), the Weekly Standard tends to be the more partisan of the two. While NR often takes the more intellectual approach to the modern day issues, the Weekly Standard has always tended to go more for the gut. Both magazines, however, do an outstanding job promoting and defending conservative positions and, as a bonus, both can be wickedly funny. I especially enjoy the Weekly Standard's Scrapbook, a regular column where some of the more bizarre and inane actions of the left are given proper exposure. As well, the Weekly Standard's book and movie reviews are, at times, superior even to National Review's. As a magazine, the Weekly Standard is a must for conservatives and will probably be enjoyed by moderates (and perhaps even open-minded liberals) with a sense of humor. As for those you who are still bemoaning the results of the Florida recount and wishing Clinton could have had a third term -- well, I think Mother Jones is still looking for subscribers...

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite conservative magazine
This is a top political journal for people of all stripes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect.
The Weekly Standard is not as strong as the National Review. That being said, it's tough to find much wrong with this magazine. Furthermore, as it is published about twice as often as NR, comparisons between the two are not just. As for editors, Fred Barnes is about as good as they get. He's a spotlight of cheer on Foxnews, and he is on these pages as well. Their book reviews are great and their parodies are the first thing you should turn to when you receive a copy (they're found on the last page). As for reporting, I can say without reservation that Matt Labash is the most entertaining investigative journalist in America today! I love his stuff and it's hard to resist telling your friends about all the things he observes while he's in the field. His, "Among the Puppeteers," was one of my favorites back in 2000. They have digital access for subscribers only and on Saturday mornings their site is the first thing I check for newsworthy articles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Conservative Journalism
I have made it my mission to find a magazine that fits my own personal views as a secular, libertarian conservative, and no magazine I've come across thus far hits the mark like The Weekly Standard.

I began with The New Republic while in college, but soon realized that I simply disagreed with TNR too often to continue after two years of subscribing. During law school, I sought refuge in the extrememly partisan National Review, but was often turned off by the extreme conservatism NR expounded. NR is simply too preachy and too Godly for my own tastes. To satisfy my libertarian leanings, I subscribed to (and still subscribe to) Reason - only to discover all-to-quickly that Reason's brand of "libertarianism" (if one can even call it that) is far, far from reasonable. Finally, I tried The Weekly Standard, and am impressed on a weekly basis (it's been about six months now).

Timely, balanced, and more than fair, The Weekly Standard is indeed, in my view, the standard by which to measure all other conservative magazines. TWS is thorough, sober, and overall a pleasure to receive and read each week. The publication is of an overall quality that is simply unmatched, and the fact that it does indeed arrive weekly is fantastic.

Just a couple comments about a couple other reviews about this product: First, the claim that NR is less partisan than TWS is perhaps the most incorrect assessment I've read in quite some time. With all due respect to that reviewer, I strongly disagree. In fact, TWS is actually less interesting at times when compared to NR, simply because NR is so intensely partisan (in fact, TWS can occasionally be BORING in its lack of partisanship). Second, another "reviewer" gives poor marks TWS based on some personal, emotional assessment of William Kristol and WMD in Iraq. Hmm... Third, the articles are rarely "short" by any comparative standard. Go right ahead and compare - TWS is one of the most thorough political publications out there, conservative or liberal. Fourth, the person who "reviewed" TWS claiming that it is poorly written and has absolutely no concept of what quality writing is, period. That is purely nasty partisan attack, and a false one at that. The comment on the "constitution" speaks for itself, as well as the prior point about writing.

In all TWS is a very fine piece of conservative journalism. ... Read more

9. Reason
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5-0 out of 5 stars A voice of clarity
Reason cannot be labeled conservative or leftist. Nor is it an extremist libertarian magazine like Liberty, fawning over Ayn Rand. It bases its commentary on the assumption that, if we have some faith, our chaotic culture will lead somewhere good. But if we try to monitor and control it excessively, we will dampen human creativity and end up muddled and conflicted. Reason takes on all aspects of culture and assumes an international perspective. Its arguments are laid out carefully but contain a percolating sense of indignation at our increasingly repressive environment. At the same time, they are more informative than polemical; each report is grounded in specifics - quotes, anecdotes, studies. This is the most intelligent and inquiring "political" journal available. If only it came out more often!

5-0 out of 5 stars A magazine unlike any other
Reason is one of the best magazines out there, hands down. Origionally just a libertarian political magazine, Reason has spread to cover politics, culture, the environment, economics, and social issues. The libertarian perspective is a breath of fresh air in a market dominated by liberal and conservative viewpoints. A must read for anyone who considers themselves braod-minded.

5-0 out of 5 stars A+
Reason is never afraid to show opposing views. It allows you to see things in a different light. It is also nice to be able to read a magazine with articles that are greater than 3 pages!

2-0 out of 5 stars Two-Star Quality, Quantity
I am somewhat surprised to see how may glowing reviews there are already with respect to this magizine. Here is a short-list of why I am routinely unimpressed with it.

1. Overall libertarian ideas are routinely half-baked. One of the problems with libertarianism is its tendency to cross-over to the irrational on a wide variety of issues. Two contemporary examples are the recent debates over Homeland Security vs. Privacy and the First Amendment vs. Decency in the Media. REASON magizine's articles in these to areas - just as an example - are strikingly poor because they simply fail to understand that niether privacy nor free speech are absolute, as if any infringement upon either is some kind of assault upon our civil liberties. Sadly, REASON mag often advocates a far to extreme (i.e., completely UNreasonable - to say nothing about constitutionality) position on these issues.

2. Writing quality. Only a few regular contributors to REASON appear (to me) to be of serious quality skill intellectually, let alone have a serious grip on libertarian thought. Articles are often written in a format that reminds me of a freshman undergraduate position paper, replete with curse words to boot. Seriously now, is that necessary? F-bombs don't need to be spelled out, and using S-bombs is just tasteless. I'm no prude, but in print? Come on already.

3. Writing quantity. It is bad enough that this magizine is monthly, but the relatively small amount of well-thought-out articles in each issue leaves me routinely unsatisfied. Those articles that are well-done, however, have really low word-counts, which kills each article's scope. There is a ton of fluffy nonsense/silliness in each issue, which doesn't contribute to serious libertarian thought whatsoever.

4. Overall design. The magizine is unseemly to anyone other than a fan of far-out postmodernist art. Color-schemes appear to be selected for their incompatibility, and rarely if ever cohere well together. (I am fully aware that literary quality shouldn't play a large role in the marketplace of ideas, by the way, so let the reader be aware that I don't give REASON's ugliness very much weight.)

All that negativity aside, there are some very well done pieces in this magizine. The problem is that these works of quality are so few and far between and are usually too short. In any event, I don't plan on renewing my subscribtion, and I certainly don't recommend this magazine for the serious libertarian.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lost Some Luster But Still Important
For those of you with a Libertarian bent, this is a must-read. It has, as some reviewers claimed, lost some luster. It lacks the total Ayn Rand Libetarianism of, for example, "Liberty", which is a pure delight.

But Reason contains some good reading and we do not need a pure diet of left, right or libetarian. We can, after all, think for ourselves. We don't require a magazine to do that.

Reason is one of the best for truthful, yet often opinionated reporting.

Susanna K. Hutcheson

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10. Progressive

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best magazines on the shelf
Always feisty and dedicated to true peace and the Bill of Rights like few other periodicals, The Progressive is a consistent, independent source for information, analysis and lively, intelligent commentary. Standing outside the mainstream business owned press The Progressive routinely runs stories that are either ignored or buried by the establishment media. Labor, environmental, racial, gender, and military and corporate power issues are dealt with from the perspective of the masses of working people and societal underdogs rather than CEOs, major stockholders, Pentagon flacks and covert bigots. A relatively recent column unearthed the truth behind the sanctions and bombings of Iraq that went on throughout the 90s. Deliberately tainting the Iraqi civilian water supply was well known to Washington policymakers as The Progressive's brilliant article proved. Also it's one of the few publications in the United States to constantly berate Israel for the lawlessness and brutality it perpetrates against the Palestinians. These days that's gutsy journalism indeed.

The Progressive garnered world wide attention and essentially became a household word in the late 70s when it refused to buckle under and courageously stood up for the sanctity of the First Amendment during the A-Bomb case. This is the exact moxie and hard hitting reporting a subsriber can expect. With a lively letters page and some hilarious columnists it's one of the best magazines around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Conservatives beware
This is a great magazine. As a liberal I find every month full of socialist articles. Great publication.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Old "Warhorse" that keeps on Trucking!
This monthly magazine has its roots in the progressive movement of the early twentieth century, and continues to champion the left. Unabashedly liberal, the Progressive offers insightful articles and columnists, who offer a bright alternative to the increasingly right-wing, so-called "mainstream" media.

Subscribe and enjoy! ... Read more

11. The Crisis Magazine
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13. Liberty

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest Publications for People who Need to Know
. . . the inside and the other side of the story. While a Libertarian magazine, it is not a tool of the Libertarian Party. I do not agree with every article in this magazine. But I do respect the opinions expressed.

Each article comes from a base of knowledge by people who have a real understanding of their subject. So it gets you to thinking and perhaps changing your opinion. At least you can see another point of view and see why it might be valid.

But basically the magazine promotes Libertarian ideas and ideals and is a strong proponent of the free market. I absolutely love this magazine and can't imagine not reading it. In fact, I prefer it to "Reason" . . . although I think a Libertarian is wise to read both.

It has been said that "Liberty" has the voice of the editor. Well, it does but that's not a bad thing. The editor has some issues with the LP. But he doesn't let that color the objectivity of the magazine. And I would not respect a person who strictly followed "any" party line and didn't think for himself.

This is a well written magazine and it deals with issues that are important to people on the left, right and in the middle. It perhaps leans a bit to the liberal side on some social issues, as one reviewer said. But it is not so liberal as to not hold some of the Ayn Rand philosophies and some of the more conservative Libertarian ideas.

If you care deeply about the issues and want a unique view, you need to subscribe to this wonderful magazine.

Susanna K. Hutcheson
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5-0 out of 5 stars There's more than just black and white (or red and blue)...
LIBERTY is, without a doubt, my favorite magazine. Though often compared to REASON because of its subject matter, it bears a closer kinship to THE ECONOMIST or academic journals; what it lacks in gloss and fancy advertising, it more than makes up for with opinion and actual content.

The overall political slant of LIBERTY is toward the classical liberal (oh how words change!) tradition, with an emphasis on limited government, free trade, and individual rights, but the magazine is anything but a newsletter for the Libertarian Party. Publisher/editor R. W. Bradford shows that organization as little mercy as he does Republicans and Democrats, and intelligent viewpoints from left, right, center, and elsewhere grace each issue's pages.

As a preview, let's look inside this month's issue. It features a debate on the Iraq war, an analysis of Bush's "conservative" spending practices, book reviews on F. A. Hayek and Michael Moore, an anarchist critique of the Constitution, even a story on Pete Rose and a rebuttal of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath". You'd be hard-pressed to find such real content in a year's worth of most news magazines, and that's just one issue. I haven't even mentioned the short "reflections" or political cartoons, most of which are quite funny, when not thought-provoking or downright frightening.

In short, if you have the sneaking suspicion that the 24-hour news channels aren't telling you the whole story, or if the color of your views isn't represented by red or blue on a map, then you owe it to yourself to subscribe to LIBERTY now.

5-0 out of 5 stars great
this is just a good magizine it's sprinkled with humor and good inquizative thinking if i could give it six stars i would

4-0 out of 5 stars Stay current on libertarian thinking!
I love this magazine because (1) it covers a WIDE variety of topics in the political and social arena, (2) there is plenty of humor, including some great cartoons, and (3) there is plenty of strong, thought-provoking debate.

What I could do without: (1) There is the occasional God-bashing article, either implying or stating right out that those of us who are devout in our religion can't think straight, and (2) some of the articles are closer to anarchist thinking. ... Read more

14. American Conservative
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5-0 out of 5 stars if only Buchanan were elected President...
I subscribed to American Conservative nearly a year ago, at the insistence of a friend. I only wish I would have subscribed earlier.

You will LOVE this publication if:

a) you believe in a more isolationist foreign policy than the current neo-conservative agenda would have us engage in;

b) you believe in general conservative principles (such as curbing illegal immigration); and

c) you consider yourself a conservative but somehow "missed the memo" equating conservatism with a blind support of Israel.

If this sounds like you, you're a paleo-traditional conservative / traditional conservative and this magazine is your mantra.

NONETHELESS, I recommend this magazine to neo-conservatives (those conservatives who rabidly support Israel and advance an interventionisit foreign policy with a very broad meaning of what affects American interests). Liberals or anyone who wishes to be in the loop should also read this publication in order to understand what is going on in the traditional conservative mindset. For instance, I also subscribe to National Review. As such, I enjoy a "balanced" perspective (reading both a traditional conservative mag as well as a neo-conservative mag).

A year ago, I found myself wondering whether I was still a conservative since I disagreed with the war in Iraq and our nation's support of Israel (which led to 9-11). I knew I wasn't a liberal, either, so what was I? I found my niche in the traditional conservative school of thought!!

I couldn't recommend this magazine more. Each issue is filled with terrific articles, especially those by Buchanan, that will really keep you up to speed on current affairs. The subscription cost is incredibly low considering the knowledge one obtains from each issue.

I plan on buying several subscriptions for family and friends this Christmas.


1-0 out of 5 stars old school paleocon conservativism
Thank heavens conservatism is moving in a new direction away from anti semitism and foreign policy isolationism and anti globalization

4-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing, unpredictable voice
Well, it's published my work, hasn't it, so naturally I'm going to be in favour of it. Still, it isn't only for that reason that I enjoy each issue as it comes, and why I drop nearly all my other reading when the latest issue arrives in the letterbox.

It avoids predictability and undue repetition (no mean feat, given its backs-to-the-wall ethos); its seriousness doesn't at all preclude jokes; and it combines famous writers with highly gifted unknowns. Unknown up till now, that is: the best of them certainly deserve fame.

The only aspect of TAC which I would query (and the reason I've given it four stars here, instead of five) is the paper stock, rather thin and delicate. Whether it will stand up to the repeated use over the course of decades - especially in libraries - which I'm sure the periodical will get, isn't clear. In any case, readers shouldn't let this matter deter them.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Sharp Right
I continue to be surprised and impressed with this magazine. Under Scott McConnell's editorship, THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE advances a critique of U.S. interventionism that is more coherent, more consistent, and frequently more eloquent, than anything currently being aired in the best libertarian magazines or in such traditional left organs as THE NATION. And unlike CHRONICLES (the other "paleocon" mag of note), the AC gang doesn't seem to be caught up in the usual ecumenical orthodoxies that tend to make conservative polemics so stodgy and boring. To the contrary, the editorial style owes more to Menckenite irreverence than to Kirkian pessimism; and with a number of positively entertaining writers on call to keep things lively (a few favorites are Justin Raimondo, Steve Sailer, and Joe Bob Briggs), things are shaping much better than Pat Buchanan's initial sales pitch would have led this (libertarian) reader to expect. If only they could get Florence King on board...

4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY Common Sense has returned to Conservatism!
This mag will make you think. It is Conservative, Populist, and not in bed with any stripe of special interest. Nice. You will not agree with everything, but you will think about the articles after you read them. Ex-head of the Washington Times, Arnaud de Borchgrave is a better writer than I remember - and more honest too. Buchanan and his pals kick Republican [heiny] mostly, as of late, it is all there has been that is worth kicking. Good for them, and I am glad to subscribe. I am giving out at least two subs this Christmas. ... Read more

15. City Journal
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