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The Rockford Institute was an American conservative think-tank associated with paleoconservatism, based in Rockford, Illinois. It ran the John Randolph Club and published the magazine Chronicles. In early 2019 The Rockford Institute merged with The Charlemagne Institute, which became the new publisher of Chronicles.
Chronicles peaked in the 1990s, helping shape the paleoconservative revival that accompanied Patrick Buchanan's 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. At its peak, it had 15,000 subscribers. As of September, 2016, there were 6,700 subscribers.
The Institute was founded in 1976 by Rockford College President John A. Howard as a response to American social changes of the 1960s. Allan Carlson served as president until 1997. He and Howard left to found The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, an offshoot of the Rockford Institute. It was located in Rockford, Illinois. 
In 1988 the Institute and Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran pastor, invited Cardinal Ratzinger to give a lecture in New York in January. On May 5, 1989, Neuhaus and his Religion and Society Center were evicted from the Institute's New York office after he complained about what he said were "the racist and anti-Semitic tones" of Chronicles. The charge, which was supported by other leading conservatives, was denied by the institute. They said the office, called Rockford East, was closed for budgetary reasons and because of concerns that Neuhaus was not following institute policies. According to political commentator David Frum, the split was seen by leading conservatives as a sign of the division between the paleoconservative and the neo-conservative elements of the movement.
Chronicles is a U.S. monthly magazine published by the Rockford Institute. Its full current name is Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. The magazine is known for promoting anti-globalism, anti-intervention, and anti-immigration stances within conservative politics, and is considered one of the leading paleoconservative publications. (It has also published libertarians and even leftists, such as Erwin Knoll and Gore Vidal.)
As of 2017[update], the executive editor was Aaron D. Wolf and, as of 2012[update], Srđa Trifković was editor for foreign affairs. Contributors over the years have included the conservative activist Peter Gemma, now living in Sarasota, Florida.
citation needed] Chronicles also promotes the activities of the John Randolph Club, a project of the Rockford Institute to promote dialogue and alliances between paleoconservatives and paleolibertarians.[
- Thomas Fleming 1985–2015
- Chilton Williamson Jr. 2015–2019 (also acting president of The Rockford Institute)
- Paul Gottfried 2019–
- "The Rockford Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
- Duin, Julia (December 10, 1997). "Rockford Institute chief leaves to form his own think tank". Washington Times. p. A.2.(subscription required)
- Heidi Beirich; Mark Potok (Winter 2003). "Paleoconservatives' Decry Immigration". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
- Williamson, Chilton (May 2019). "In This Number". Chronicles. Bloomington, Minnesota: The Charlemagne Institute. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
- E. Christian Kopff. Chronicles. First Principles. 2010 September 3.
- Max Blumenthal. Sen. John Cornyn Meets the Racist Right. Huffington Post. 2006 September 20.
- Chronicles, Statement of Ownership, November, 2016, p. 7
- Franklin, James L. (February 1, 1988). "PROMOTER OF THE DOCTRINE VATICAN'S CARDINAL RATZINGER DEALS WITH DOGMA AND DISPUTES IN US VISIT". Boston Globe. p. 2.
- "Father Richard Neuhaus; Vocal US Lutheran pastor and civil rights activist who became a leading Catholic conservative commentator". The Times. London (UK). January 16, 2009. p. 75.
- BERNSTEIN, RICHARD (May 16, 1989). "Magazine Dispute Reflects Rift on U.S. Right". New York Times. p. A.1.
- Frum, David (June 2, 1989). "Cultural Clash on the Right". Wall Street Journal. p. 1.
- PaleoConservatives: New Voices of the Old Right, by Joseph Scotchie, pgs. 1 - 75.
- "The Paleo Persuasion," The American Conservative, Dec. 16, 2002, by Sam Francis
- "Chronicles", June 2017, p. 3
- Chronicles, September 2012, p. 4.
- "The Council for National Policy: Selected Member Biographies, Peter B. Gemma, Jr". seekgod.ca. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
- https://www.academia.edu/39530020/Anti_68ers_and_the_Racist_Libertarian_Alliance_How_a_Schism_among_Austrian_School_Neoliberals_Helped_Spawn_the_Alt_Right. Retrieved March 17, 2021. Missing or empty
- James Warren. "Chronicles Trumps Donald's Aspirations", The Chicago Tribune, 25 February 2000. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
- "Chilton Williamson, Jr.", chroniclesmagazine.org. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
- "Chilton Williamson, Jr.", crisismagazine.com. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
- Previous versions of the Rockford Institute website
- Chronicles Magazine web site
- "A brief history of Chronicles" by E. Christian Kopff, First Principles Journal