The American Conservative

The American Conservative: The Magazine for Thinking Conservatives is published by The American Conservative. This magazine focuses on Social and Political issues in all aspects of morality and conservatism.

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 22, November 2

Conserving Leviathan
Big government works no better when Republicans run it.SOMEWHERE BARRY GOLDWATER is smiling. After nearly six years of misadventures from Baghdad to New Orleans, overly munificent government spending is the issue that finally has many Republicans exercised...
Deep Background
It pays to Google. The Shura Council, the coordinating body for Iraqi Sunni insurgents, and al-Qaeda in Iraq, comprised mainly of foreign Sunni Islamic militants, have been working together using the Google map feature to plan their sector-by-sector...
Extremist Makeover
[MEDIA]TAC was interested to learn that in the current issue of Foreign Policy Joshua Muravchik has penned an "Operation Comeback" memo for the neocons, an outline of how the storied group could improve a reputation badly soiled by the Iraq catastrophe....
Forum
GOOD OLD DAYSWhen Russell Kirk came to Harvard to address its 1970-71 Institute of Politics "Symposium on the Coevolution of British and American Conservatism," he shared Daniel McCarthy's concern that few undergraduates would have heard of or read the...
From Breslau to Morningside Heights
From Breslau to Morningside Heights[Five Germanys I Have Known, Fritz Stern, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 546 pages]FRITZ STERN was supposed to follow in the family calling of three generations and become a doctor in the German city of Breslau (now Wroclaw...
Good-Bye to All That
A former National Review trustee surveys the wreckage of contemporary conservatism.UNTIL RECENTLY, it has been almost impossible for me to speak candidly about the conservative movement, for it was my strange fate to serve as director and later trustee...
GOP Must Go
Next week Americans will vote for candidates who have spent much of their campaigns addressing state and local issues. But no future historian will linger over the ideas put forth for improving schools or directing funds to highway projects.The meaning...
Ideology Has Consequences
Bush rejects the politics of prudence.MANY REPUBLICANS must feel like that legendary man at the bar on the Titanic. Watching the iceberg slide by outside a porthole, he remarked, "I asked for ice. But this is too much." Republicans voted for a Republican...
Judgment Day
In endorsing Bush for re-election, not a popular view at TAC, I gave two reasons. First: "Bush and Kerry are both wrong on Iraq, NAFTA, the WTO, open-borders, affirmative action, amnesty, free trade, foreign aid, and Big Government. But, while Bush is...
Payback Time
Writing of Imperial Germany in his fine book, The Pity of War, historian Niall Ferguson said "the combination of a relatively decentralized federal system with a democratic national parliament made it more or less impossible for the Reich government...
Proof through the Night
FILM[Flags of Our Fathers]WITH PLANNING UNDERWAY for aerial attacks on Iran's dug-in nuclear facilities, it's worth recalling Iwo Jima, which "underwent the most prolonged and also the most disappointing air bombing and naval bombardment of any Pacific...
Special Relationship
A one-sided U.S. policy toward Israel endangers both countries' interests.DISCUSSING THE U.S.-ISRAELI relationship on a radio talk show recently, I discovered that Americans are misinformed about their country's ties to the Jewish state. One listener,...
The End of History
Richard Hofstadter made his career distorting the past for the sake of the present.CHESTERTON SAID that people will miss anything provided that thing is big enough. He might have added that this seems especially the case when the fact of its existence...
The Gospel According to Bush
If God promises universal freedom, why does He need our help to liberate the world?IN TRADITIONAL CHRISTIANITY, the motif of liberation and deliverance is a strong one-so strong that the story of Israel's freedom from bondage in Egypt and the spiritual...
The Populist Patriotism of Gore Vidal
BOOKS[Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir, Gore Vidal, Doubleday, 272 pages]The Populist Patriotism of Gore Vidal"CONTRARY TO LEGEND," writes Gore Vidal in Point to Point Navigation, the second (and presumably final) volume of his memoirs, "I was born...
The Realist Kennan
The architect of containment understood the limits of power-and of democracy.WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION of his role in the promotion of covert intelligence operations, a role he came to regret, no aspect of the late George Kennan's remarkable career...
Truth to Executive Power
Truth to Executive Power[Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy, Jim Powell, Crown Forum, 336 pages]A FAIRLY RELIABLE rule of thumb when it comes to books on history and politics is that whatever Publishers Weekly advises you to do, spare...