Conservative Magazines and the Presumption of Liberty: A Content Analysis on Sex, Gambling, and Drugs

Conservative Magazines and the Presumption of Liberty: A Content Analysis on Sex, Gambling, and Drugs

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Daniel Klein, Jason Briggeman | Oct 2009

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Conservatives say they are for small government and individual liberty, but a content analysis of leading conservative magazines shows that most have preponderantly failed to take pro-liberty positions on sex, gambling, and drugs. Besides many anti-liberty commissions, the magazines may be criticized for anti-liberty omission—that is, failing to oppose anti-liberty policies. Magazines investigated include National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Enterprise, and The American Spectator. We find that National Review has had the strongest record on liberty on the issues treated, while the others have preponderantly failed to be pro-liberty or have even been anti-liberty.

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Klein, Daniel and Jason Briggeman. "Conservative Magazines and the Presumption of Liberty: A Content Analysis on Sex, Gambling, and Drugs." Independent Review, Vol. 14, no. 2, Fall 2009.

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