conservative daily online magazine

American Thinker is a conservative daily online magazine dealing with American politics, foreign policy, national security, Israel, economics, diplomacy, culture and military strategy.

Its founder, Thomas Lifson, says:

The idea of creating AT really began to germinate in my mind in the wake of 9/11, as politics became not just a matter of taxes, regulation, and laws, but of national survival. War had come to America, and it was time for American politics to take the conflict seriously so as to overcome it. I never served my country in the armed forces, as I was classified 4-F during the Vietnam War, but following 9/11, I became convinced that now was the time to make up for that in an arena where I was fit to serve: the war of ideas.

It took only a little while to come up with the name "American Thinker." As soon as I discovered that the domain name americanthinker.com was available, I grabbed it. Auguste Rodin's famous statue The Thinker offered an obvious departure point and the thought of using Uncle Sam in the pose made famous by Rodin occurred to me immediately.

Finding an artist who could render the concept took much longer, but eventually I had the great good fortune to meet the brilliant young figurative artist Sean Cheetham, who immediately grasped what was wanted, and who, after sending me a few studies, set about creating the beautiful oil painting that is featured on our masthead.

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