The Spectator was established in 1828, and is the best-written and most influential magazine in Britain. In 2018, after a mere 190 years, we launched our US edition as a website, with the goal of bringing the same insight, original thought and writing to an American audience. We felt the American media landscape was missing something — a publication filled with ideas and wit that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Clearly readers agreed: after a successful start, we launched our monthly print magazine in October 2019, which you can subscribe to here.
Our writers hold no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion. Our opinions range from left to right, their circumstances vary. We do not strive for impartiality — our motto is ‘firm, but unfair’ — but for originality and style.
Our magazine’s reputation is founded on our unique approach to the art of journalism and the many brilliant writers we’ve published down the years: G.K. Chesterton, John Buchan, Graham Greene, John Betjeman, Evelyn and Auberon Waugh, Ian Fleming, Henry Fairlie, Alexander Chancellor, Iris Murdoch, Christopher and Peter Hitchens, Peregrine Worsthorne, Michael Lewis, Mark Steyn, Rod Liddle, Lionel Shriver…we could go on.
The Spectator is more cocktail party than political party. It is the place to come if you enjoy stimulating, original and funny writing. You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it.