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Human Events
Editor-in-chiefDavid Harsanyi
FounderFelix Morley
Frank Hanighen
Henry Regnery
Year founded1944
First issue1944
Final issueFebruary 18, 2013 (print)
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.humanevents.com
 
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Human Events
Editor-in-chiefDavid Harsanyi
FounderFelix Morley
Frank Hanighen
Henry Regnery
Year founded1944
First issue1944
Final issueFebruary 18, 2013 (print)
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.humanevents.com

Human Events is a conservative American political news and analysis website.

On February 27, 2013, Human Events announced that, after sixty-nine years, it will halt publication of the print edition but will continue to maintain on-line websites, HumanEvents.com and RedState.com, with original reporting. Eagle Publishing, which acquired the magazine in 1993, said that it had been subsidizing the publication for several years but could no longer afford to do so: "the realities of the 24-hour news cycle and the brutal economics of a weekly print publication have become insurmountable".[1][1]

Human Events printed 40,000 copies per week and had a staff of fifteen full-time employees. A "restructuring" plan that involved layoffs had already been attempted but was insufficient to allow continuation of the print edition.[1]

Overview[edit]

Human Events takes its name from the first sentence of the United States Declaration of Independence: "When in the course of human events...".[1]

The magazine was published in Washington, D.C., most recently by Eagle Publishing, the owner of Regnery Publishing, a subsidiary of Phillips Publishing. Thomas S. Winter was editor-in-chief and Cathy Taylor editorial director of the print edition.

Regular writers included Robert Novak, Ann Coulter, Terence P. Jeffrey, Pat Buchanan, and John Gizzi, its chief political editor. Occasional contributors have included Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Paul Craig Roberts.

History[edit]

Human Events was founded in 1944 by Felix Morley, who was from 1933 to 1940 the editor of The Washington Post; Frank Hanighen, and former New Dealer[2] Henry Regnery.[3] In 1951, Frank Chodorov, former director of the Henry George School of Social Science[4] in New York, replaced Morley as editor, merging his newsletter, analysis, into Human Events.[5] By the early 1960s, Allan Ryskind (son of Morrie Ryskind) and Winter had acquired the publication.[6]

Eagle Publishing placed the magazine up for sale in February 2013, when it announced that it would close the publication if no buyer could be found.[7]

Influence on Ronald Reagan[edit]

Human Events was former U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan's "favorite reading for years," writes biographer Richard Reeves.[8] A loyal subscriber since 1961,[9] Reagan said it “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat,”[10] calling it "must reading for conservatives who want to know what is really going on in Washington, D.C."[11] During the 1980 presidential campaign, Democrats released a document entitled "Ronald Reagan, Extremist Collaborator—An Exposé," in which, according to biographer Lee Edwards, "[a]mong the proofs of Reagan's extremism was that he read the conservative weekly Human Events."[12] After being elected President, Reagan would occasionally write or call Winter or Ryskind.[13]

"Human Events, however, was no favorite of the new men around Reagan," writes Reeves. "Baker and Darman, and Deaver too, did their best each week to keep it out of the reading material they gave the President."[14] "When he discovered White House aides were blocking its delivery, President Reagan arranged for multiple copies to be sent to the White House residence every weekend," writes Edwards, who adds that Reagan took care "marking and clipping articles and passing them along to his assistants."[15]

Just before his 1982 tax hike, Reagan met with what he called "some of my old friends from Human Events" (he mentioned Ryskind and M. Stanton Evans),[16] who warned him about "disloyal" White House staff (in particular James Baker) who favored making a deal on taxes with the Democratic Congress. (Reagan subsequently made such a deal, in which for each $1 in higher taxes Congress promised $3 in spending cuts; Reagan delivered the tax hike, but Congress reneged, actually increasing spending.)[17]

At the 1986 Reykjavík Summit, Reagan told Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev that he could not give up the Strategic Defense Initiative because "'...the people who were the most outspoken critics of the Soviet Union over the years’—he mentioned his favorite paper, Human Events," according to Reeves, "‘They’re kicking my brains out’."[18]

"Most Harmful Books" list[edit]

In 2005, Human Events published a list of Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries[1]:

  1. The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  2. Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler
  3. Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, by Mao Zedong
  4. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, by Alfred Kinsey
  5. Democracy and Education, by John Dewey
  6. Das Kapital, by Karl Marx
  7. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
  8. The Course in Positive Philosophy, by Auguste Comte
  9. Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes

Twenty books received honorable mention, including The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Unsafe at any Speed by Ralph Nader and Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.

Conservative of the Year award[edit]

YearChoiceLifetimePositionNotes
1998Ken Starrb. 1946Independent Counselor
1999Ronald Reaganb. 1911 d. 2004PresidentMan of the Century
2000William Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scaliab. 1924 d. 2005 b. 1948 b. 1936U.S. Supreme Court Justices
2001George W. Bushb. 1946President
2002John Ashcroftb. 1942Attorney General
2003Roy Mooreb. 1947Alabama Chief Justice
2004John O'Neillb. 1946Swift Boat Veteran
2005Mike Penceb. 1959U.S. Representative
2006Jim Sensenbrennerb. 1943U.S. Representative
2007Rush Limbaughb. 1951Radio Host
2008Sarah Palinb. 1964Alaska Governor
2009Dick Cheneyb. 1941Vice President
2010Jim DeMintb. 1951U.S. Senator
2011Paul Ryanb. 1970U.S. Representative
2012Scott Walkerb. 1967Wisconsin Governor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Valerie Richardson, "Stop the Presses! Human Events to shutter newspaper after 70 years", February 27, 2013". Washington Times. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Robert McC. Thomas Jr. (June 23, 1996). "Henry Regnery, 84, Ground-Breaking Conservative Publisher". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Gillian Peele, 'American Conservatism in Historical Perspective', in Crisis of Conservatism? The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, & American Politics After Bush, Gillian Peele, Joel D. Aberbach (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, p.21
  4. ^ The Henry George School of Social Science
  5. ^ Hamowy, Ronald, ed. (2008). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Cato Institute. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024. 
  6. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Conservative magazine Human Events up for sale, could close". Politico.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 24. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  9. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Lee Edwards (February 5, 2011). "Reagan’s Newspaper". Human Events (Eagle Publishing). Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "HUMAN EVENTS: The Conservative Weekly". Conservative Advertising Network. Eagle Interactive. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Edwards, Lee (2005). The essential Ronald Reagan: a profile in courage, justice, and wisdom. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 57. ISBN 0-7425-4375-7. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  13. ^ Shirley, Craig (2005). Reagan's revolution: the untold story of the campaign that started it all. Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-7852-6049-8. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 24. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  15. ^ Lee Edwards (February 5, 2011). "Reagan’s Newspaper". Human Events (Eagle Publishing). Retrieved 5 February 2011.  Cf. Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 25, fn. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  16. ^ Skinner, Kiron K.; Anderson, Annelise; Anderson, Martin (2004). Reagan: A Life in Letters. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 595. ISBN 0-7432-7642-6. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  17. ^ Hayward, Steven F. (2009). The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989. New York: Random House, Inc. pp. 210–212. ISBN 1-4000-5357-9. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  18. ^ Reeves, Richard (2005). President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 351–352. ISBN 0-7432-8230-2. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 

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