If you had told me at Christmas that by March the whole office would be working remotely due to a state emergency order to combat a global pandemic, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are.
Without a doubt, this is a situation 99.9 percent of Americans have never experienced. Many cities appear abandoned, the economy is rapidly shedding jobs, people are stockpiling food and masks, gun stores are sold out, and the government is printing money even more than it did in 2008! A lot of Americans are justifiably anxious about the future.
As a nonprofit, we’re facing a tough fight ahead—financially, culturally, and politically. But we also see an incredible opportunity before us as conservatives, and we hope you will continue to join us in this fight for the good, the true, and the beautiful.
For 44 years, Chronicles has stood as a beacon to America, illuminating the West’s best ideas and principles. Deeply rooted, the magazine has consistently stayed true to its moorings and helped its readers both see and understand the growing dysfunction all around us. Alas, those who embraced the imperial state and enjoyed its rewards have long suppressed the magazine's ideas and analysis. It was a threat to their power and comfort, and they wielded their weapons well.
All of that ended when the Black Swan Corona flew onto the scene. In one fell swoop, that ebony bird revealed to Americans that a financialized, global economy isn’t as strong as it pretends to be. Economic dependency on China, it seems, is a very bad idea. The Federal Reserve’s only solution is easy money, but there are more fundamental changes that need to take place. Borders and sovereignty are critical; domestic manufacturing needs to be rebuilt; family and local communities need empowerment while the managerial state needs to be disempowered.
Our job now is to explain the causes behind what Americans have just experienced and to show them a better way forward. To do that, we are proud to announce that we just launched a new website platform for Chronicles, Charlemagne Institute, and Intellectual Takeout. By bringing the websites together, we are now able to share the wit and wisdom of Chronicles with over 10 million digital readers, the majority of whom are under the age of 45.
You’re going to be seeing a lot more of Chronicles as its influence and reach continues to spread! As our esteemed editor-in-chief, Paul Gottfried put it recently:
We intend to continue our activities to the best of our abilities. We look upon the present challenge not as an occasion for despair but as an opportunity to redouble our efforts. Fueled by our mission, our work will go on.
This issue is proof of our continued work. We overcame some challenges created by the pandemic and decided that we needed to do an April/May issue followed later in the year with a "Remembering the Right" special issue, which we aim to distribute as widely as possible, with the help of our readers.
Thank you for your support and readership of Chronicles. We were created for this very time.
Devin C. Foley is co-founder and chief executive of Charlemagne Institute, publisher of Chronicles.
Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Charlemagne Institute, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota.
Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights presenting to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.
Devin and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.