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. 14, July 17

American Petrocracy
[well-oiled machine]Among the shifting rationales for the war in Iraq, the most plausible motive may be the least discussed: access to oil.FEW LIES HAVE WOUND UP injuring Americans more-in everything from automobile gas tanks and winter heating bills...
Armistice in the Culture War?
Twice lately, this writer has been challenged by an advocate of gay rights-Robert Shrum on "Hardball" and Andrew Sullivan at the Booksellers Convention-not to clutter up the Constitution with a new amendment but to leave the matter of homosexual marriage...
Beyond Our Control
WAROn mondoweiss.observer.com, Phil Weiss reports from a conference at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where professors Robert Art, John Mearsheimer, and Stephen Walt discussed international strategy before an audience of naval officers....
Conformity without Conscience
[Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean, Viking, 288 pages]Conformity Without ConscienceSOMETHING IS ROTTEN in the state of conservatism, says John Dean in Conservatives Without Conscience. Today's conservatives are "hostile and mean-spirited,"...
Defining Democracy Down
Engaging an enemy diplomatically used to be quiet business, while committing to alliances was a matter of public debate. The Bush administration has changed that.IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS of American diplomacy, attempting to open channels to a foe would become...
Forum
FOR THE RECORDI must break my custom of never replying to any review of a book I have written ("A Tale of Two Tyrants," July 3). In this case I must express my high appreciation and gratitude for Professor Lee Congdon's protracted interest in my work.But...
Gentlemen, Start Your Computers
FILM[Cars]Gentlemen, Start Your Computers"CARS," the G-rated computer-generated cartoon from the normally reliable John Lasseter of Pixar Animation Studios, takes place in an alternate universe: an America populated only by talking vehicles. Owen Wilson...
It's Easy Being Green
So here at last is Taki's way to save the planet without pain. But before we begin, a warning: don't try doing it all at once. Melting glaciers, violent hurricanes, flash floods, terrible droughts, the threat to polar bears in the shrinking Arctic Sea...
Man of the House
John Hostettler takes his stand in Indiana's "Bloody Eighth."WHETHER REPUBLICANS maintain their grip on the House of Representatives this fall depends in no small part on congressmen like John Hostettler. The six-term Indiana Republican represents one...
One World Cup
Soccer gives American elites the chance to celebrate nationalism in other countries but not ours.JUST AS BRAZIL, soccer's dominant nation, has been the "Country of the Future" for, roughly, ever, the quadrennial arrival of another month-long World Cup...
Partners in Crime
[The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money, Timothy P. Carney, John Wiley & Sons, 304 pages]Partners in CrimeONE OF THE MOST common media myths is that Big Business is relentlessly in favor of the free market. Corporate...
Power of the Pen
The president uses signing statements to decree which laws apply to him.FOR GENERATIONS, Republican politicians have spoken reverently of the rule of law. But since 2001, this hoary doctrine has been redefined to mean little more than the enforcement...
Reality Based
IRAQLooking, as one blogger put it, like a recharged Energizer bunny, President Bush returned from a five-hour trip to Baghdad-where he met with the newly selected Iraqi prime minister-full of jaunty optimism and talk of "building confidence," "restoring...
Reconciling Christendom
Catholic and Orthodox Churches contemplate unity.ONE OF THE MORE beautiful fault lines of Western civilization runs not too far from where I live in Vienna. Two Easters ago, the lattice of cobblestone paths took me from the dark majesty of St. Stephen's...
The Art of Un-War
[Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism, Charles Peña, Potomac Books, 240 pages]The Art of Un-WarIF PRESIDENT George W. Bush had hired Charles Peña to formulate U.S policy against terrorism, the country would be much safer and the...
Wasteland of Wealth
Is the purpose of life-and work-only money?ARISTOTLE, in the Politica, held that the nature of a thing is its end. From this, he concluded that "the quality of courage, for example, is not intended to make wealth, but to inspire confidence; neither is...
Zarqawi's Death Wish
How elements of the Iraqi insurgency seek to goad the U.S. into a wider warAS HEADLINES trumpeted the administration's triumph in the wake of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, what military spokesmen called a "treasure trove" of intelligence was discovered...