The Economist

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The Economist is a magazine published each week in England. It was founded in 1843. It currently has about 1.3 million subscribers.

It was founded in 1843 by Scotsman James Wilson with assistance from the Anti-Corn Law League as a voice against England’s Corn Laws, regulations governing the import and export of grain. Wilson’s son-in-law Walter Bagehot, who served as editor of The Economist from 1861 to 1877, expanded the publication’s coverage into politics and strengthened its focus on U.S. affairs. A later admirer of Bagehot's was Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.[1]

In 1992 WT Layton was appointed as editor. His editorship was of profound importance to the newspaper, and he was probably the person to whom it owes most thanks for its survival and continued independence.The Economist is classically liberal and economically liberal. It supports free trade, globalization, and the legalization of same-sex marriage and illegal drugs.[2] It targets highly educated readers, as well as famous people such as Bill Gates, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Ted Turner.[3]

Tone and voice[change | change source]

The Economist has a consistent voice, partly because its writers are anonymous. It assumes its readers have a basic understanding of economics. Its articles are often witty.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Our history | Economist Group". Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  2. "The Economist". Retrieved 2021-07-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Reader reviews". 2006-09-07. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2019-04-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)