Chronicles (magazine)

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Chronicles is a U.S. monthly magazine published by the Charlemagne Institute and associated with paleoconservative views.[1][2][3][4] Its full current name is Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. It was founded in 1977 by the Rockford Institute. Today, the journal is published by the successor organization Charlemagne Institute. Since 2021, Paul Gottfried is the editor-in-chief.[5]

Chronicles has had close ties to the neo-Confederate movement.[6][7][8] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) said in 2017 that Chronicles "caters to the more intellectual wing of the white nationalist movement".[8]


In the first years since inception in 1977, the magazine was an anticommunist bi-monthly called Chronicles of Culture, edited by Leopold Tyrmand (1920–85), pen name of Jan Andrzej Stanislaw Kowalski, a Polish novelist and co-founder of the Rockford Institute who had previously written for The New Yorker.[9]

In its first decade, the magazine grew to some 5,000 subscribers, according to E. Christian Kopff.[10]

The magazine became a monthly publication in 1982. In 1984, Thomas Fleming joined as managing editor. Fleming, who had been a co-founder of Southern Partisan magazine, brought neo-Confederate views to Chronicles.[6] By 1989 the subscription list had grown to nearly 15,000. Fleming published right-wing authors like Sam Francis, Clyde N. Wilson, Paul Gottfried, and Chilton Williamson Jr. As the Soviet Union broke up at the end of the Cold War and nationalism rose there and in Eastern Europe, some articles in Chronicles argued that the United States too would need to disintegrate by ethnicity.[6] Chronicles "churned out regular anti-immigrant pieces, attacking Latin American and Southeast Asian immigration on the basis of race, culture, national identity and populist defense of the white working class", according to Joseph Lowndes.[11]

The magazine’s political influence reached its zenith in 1992 when prominent conservative journalist and politician Patrick J. Buchanan ran for president. His failed candidacies in 1996 and 2000 paralleled Chronicles’ drop in subscribers in the 1990s from nearly 15,000 to about 6,000.

Joseph Scotchie, who has written for Chronicles, described it in 1999 as emphasizing anti-intervention in foreign policy, anti-globalism, and aversion to mass immigration.[12] In 2000, James Warren of The Chicago Tribune called Chronicles "right-leaning" and wrote, "There are few publications more cerebral". He described a Chronicles article criticizing the finances of Donald Trump, who was then considering a Reform Party presidential campaign.[13] Historians in the 2000s described writers associated with Chronicles as "Neo-Agrarian conservatives"[1] revering Southern beliefs.[14]

In the 2000s, the magazine ran into severe financial difficulties. According to its own account, it received a large donation of “several million dollars” by Hannelore Schwindt, a native German who had married a Texan, in her will in 2008.[15] The executive editor at the time was Aaron D. Wolf, who died in 2019.[15]

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described Chronicles in 2017 as "a publication with strong neo-Confederate ties that caters to the more intellectual wing of the white nationalist movement",[8] and in another article said it was "controversial even among conservatives for its racism and anti-Semitism".[16]

Srđa Trifković is a longstanding editor for foreign affairs.[citation needed] In 2021, Gottfried was appointed as Interim-Editor and he has stayed in this position until today.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Murphy, Paul V. (2003). The Rebuke of History: The Southern Agrarians and American Conservative Thought. United Kingdom: University of North Carolina Press.
  2. ^ Hawley, George (2017). Making Sense of the Alt-Right. United States: Columbia University Press.
  3. ^ Whalen, Eamon (June 28, 2023). "Breitbart exposed a right-winger's racist texts. How did we even get here?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Michael Brendan (2016-01-19). "How an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996". The Week. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  5. ^ Editorial Team – Chronicles,
  6. ^ a b c Sebesta, Edward; Hague, Euan; Beirich, Heidi (2009). Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction. University of Texas Press. pp. 29–33. ISBN 9780292779211.
  7. ^ Prince, K. Michael (2004). Rally 'round the Flag, Boys! South Carolina and the Confederate Flag. United States: University of South Carolina Press. p. 54. ISBN 9781570035272.
  8. ^ a b c "Meet Jessica Vaughan, the anti-immigrant movement's representative at tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on DACA". Southern Poverty Law Center. October 2, 2017. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  9. ^ Obituary (1985-03-22). "Leopold Tyrmand, 64, Editor Who Emigrated From Poland". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-19.
  10. ^ Lowndes, Joseph (2021). "From Pat Buchanan to Donald Trump". In Belew, Kathleen; Gutierrez, Ramon A. (eds.). A Field Guide to White Supremacy. United States: University of California Press. p. 276.
  11. ^ PaleoConservatives: New Voices of the Old Right, by Joseph Scotchie, 1999, pgs. 1 - 75.
  12. ^ James Warren. "Chronicles Trumps Donald's Aspirations", The Chicago Tribune, 25 February 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  13. ^ Winchell, Mark Royden (2006). Reinventing the South: Versions of a Literary Region. United States: University of Missouri Press. p. 118. ISBN 9780826265098.
  14. ^ a b By its own account in the Aaron Wolf obituary: "Scott Richert related a story that began with Aaron receiving in late 2006 an article submission from Egon Tausch entitled Gott Mit Uns. It described the history and subculture of German immigrants in Texas. ... The article appeared in the August 2007 edition. A few weeks later, Hannelore Schwindt, a native German who had married a Texas German, sent a small donation to Chronicles. When she died a year and a half later, her will left the magazine several million dollars.""Aaron D. Wolf: A Man of Faith and Family". June 2019. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  15. ^ "Garrett Hardin". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  16. ^ Obituary (1985-03-22). "Leopold Tyrmand, 64, Editor Who Emigrated From Poland". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-19.

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