American Consequences

Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is American Consequences?

    American Consequences is a new, online monthly magazine from Editor in Chief P.J. O’Rourke about what’s really happening in American finance… and what’s about to happen next.

    As P.J. O’Rourke writes:

    American Consequences is a forum where good minds tackle current ideas and think through the results those ideas will have.

    I’m the editor not because I know a lot about business, finance, and economics, but precisely because I don’t.

    I make fun of things for a living. But over the years I’ve found that making fun of things can be an excellent way to understand them. And making fun also causes me to be a neutral referee. I don’t take sides. The absurd is the absurd whether you find it on the left, on the right, or in the middle.

    Even better, it’s 100% free – no subscription, no paywall. New magazine issues are currently released on the third Saturday of each month.

  • Who is P.J. O’Rourke?

    P.J. O’Rourke is author of 19 books including Eat The Rich and How the Hell Did This Happen: The Election of 2016.

    P.J. cut his teeth as an editor-in-chief of the National Lampoon and a foreign affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone. He’s since written for The Weekly Standard… the Atlantic… and many other magazines.

        • The Washington Times said he “takes no prisoners.”
        • The Telegraph called him a “hellraiser” known for “his trademark merciless skewering of liberal niceties and political correctness at every turn.”
        • The Guardian called him “a Republican answer to Hunter S. Thompson.”
        • And the Chicago Tribune said he “Writes like your average ruthless assassin [and] takes great pride in being an equal opportunity offender.”
        • J. is the H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, a member of the editorial board of World Affairs and a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me.


    What is American Weekly Consequences?

    We publish American Weekly Consequences once each week, updating you on the latest happenings from big trends and ideas we’re following. It’s written by the American Consequences editorial team, along with commentary from P.J. O’Rourke. It’s currently published each week on Wednesday afternoons.

    How does American Consequences work?

    After you sign up, we’ll immediately send you a welcome message with a link to our latest monthly magazines. And of course, we’ll alert you when your next American Consequences magazine is published – currently that’s on the third Saturday of each month.

    We publish about 100 pages from the best experts we can find on a monthly theme – like the outrageous levels of debt in the U.S… the American “Surveillance and Security State”… or maybe the strange mutation that capitalism has seem to undergone in the past few decades…

    Each month, we try to answer the question: What could possibly go wrong?

    Because usually… it does.

    We’ll also send you American Weekly Consequences once per week, currently published on Wednesday afternoons. This has a brief introduction or guest essay about a big idea we’re watching closely, as well as a handful of links to outside news organizations’ stories that we’re reading.

    Finally, we’ll also forward along special opportunities, in the form of promotions, videos, and presentations, from our advertisers and partners. These help us publish American Consequences to you for free. But you never have any obligation to buy anything.

    Most important, every e-mail you receive will be clearly marked as being from American Consequences. We will not ever sell your name or e-mail address.

    If you ever want to discontinue your subscription, you can do so by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each e-mail we send you. Simply click that link, enter your e-mail address, and we’ll remove it from our list immediately.

    Otherwise, we’ll continue sending American Consequences to you as long as you like, completely free of charge.

    What sort of topics should I expect the magazine to cover?

    If you feel like you’re never really getting the full story from the mainstream media… we agree. American Consequences is our way to bring the news that no one else will.

    We’ve covered the rise in cryptocurrencies the summer before bitcoin went on its monster run… the “Escher Economy” in America where, like an Escher maze, there may be no way out… and even the massive transition between real and digital. Each issue we’ve introduced ideas like these, tried to look at them from all angles, and examined what they mean for you and your money. If any of these ideas are interesting to you, you can view a full archive of our past magazines here by clicking here.

    What if I have a story I’d like to write or an article idea to suggest?

    We’re always looking for new ideas and great writers! Send us a note with a brief outline of your proposed story at [email protected].

    How do I contact you?

    Send the editorial team an e-mail message at [email protected].

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