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. 6, No. 3, February 12

Angri-Cultural Revolution
[A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now, Peter Wood, Encounter Books, 303 pages] Angri-cultural RevolutionWE DON'T HAVE TO READ very far into Peter Wood's book before discovering that we are in for some deftly served-up fun. The author's detached tone...
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Appealing Dissent
Rejecting the radicalism of the Vietnam era, veterans of the Iraq War make unlikely but effective protesters.CONGRESSMEN LEAP out of cabs along Independence Avenue, some preparing to conduct business for the first time as the people's representatives....
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Communication Failure on Three Continents
FILM[Babel] Communication Failure on Three ContinentsTHE DIRECTOR and the screenwriter of "Babel," the Golden Globe-winning Best Drama of 2006, have been feuding over who deserves credit for their trilogy of movies, which began with "Amores Perros" followed...
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Feeding the Guerillas
Combating Iraq's militias means declaring war on the communities they govern.THINK 20,000 more American troops in Baghdad will make Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army and the other Iraqi militias roll over and say uncle? Think again.The Bush administration's...
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Forum
BRYAN '08Doug Bandow's brilliant review of David Kuo's Tempting Faith (Dec. 18, 2006), should put the whole question of evangelicals and the Bush administration in its proper perspective. Evangelicals-and I am a reformed evangelical, to be precise-have...
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Future Cons
There's much to admire in a piece that summons Americans back to "prudential values," based on "customs, traditions, and habits." But at the same time, since our lives are, as the authors correctly assert, the products of our experiences, plenty of room...
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Iraq and a Hard Place
Congressional Democrats have the power to defund the war, but they don't want to risk ending it before 2008.WHEN THE CLINTONS first came to Washington, the Democratic Party's unofficial theme song was Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)."...
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Making Enemies
How Israel helped to create HamasIN THE BLOODY STREET struggle between Hamas and Fatah for control of the Palestinian territories-a civil war in all but name-Israel is firmly pinning its hopes on a Fatah victory. It sees its old enemies in Fatah as far...
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Next Stop: Tehran
The White House denies plans to attack Iran, but the signs all point in that direction.BY THE TIME President Bush finally announced it, his surge strategy was old news. But an unexpected section of the speech jarred the normally somnolent mainstream...
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Not Your Father's Conservatism
Well, Paul Weyrich and William Lind have certainly offered a comprehensive program. Trade policy, military reform, urban esthetics, ballot initiatives. Our authors have boxed the compass. Much of what they offer is hard to disagree with. Term limits?...
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Redeeming History
[Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics from the Great War to the War on Terror, Michael Burleigh, HarperCollins, 557 pages] Redeeming HistoryBETWEEN RICHARD DAWKINS, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris, the past few years have witnessed a vitriolic...
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Speak the Queen's Urdu
[Londonistan, Melanie Phillips, Encounter Books, 200 pages] Speak the Queen's UrduHERE ARE A FEW STRAWS in the wind. The edition of the British Medical Journal for the week in which I write this carried a debate as to whether Muslims in Britain should...
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Spend It like Beckham
The British media is up in arms because a nice young man by the name of David Beckham has accepted a vast sum of money to play soccer for an American club. Here we have George W. Bush angling for war against Iran in the crowded Persian Gulf-and the Brits...
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Terrorists Chip In
Implanting radio ID tags in U.S. passports makes stealing personal data easier than ever.INFORMATION-SECURITY expert Lukas Grunwald is not reluctant to share his opinion of the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that is now a mandatory...
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The 2008 X Factor
After a weekend in which 29 Americans died and the 82nd Airborne deployed in Baghdad, what the Iraq War will mean to the politics of 2008 becomes clear.Hillary Clinton's early Saturday announcement of her exploratory committee was brilliantly executed...
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The Next Conservatism
By rejecting ideology and embracing "retroculture," the Right can recover itself and perhaps reverse America's decline.The only surprise about the Republican debacle in the 2006 congressional elections was that many conservatives found it surprising....
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Won by One
I am a curious choice to comment on a manifesto entitled "The Next Conservatism" in a magazine that includes the word "conservative" in its title since I am a religious agnostic and, in political terms, a libertarian, classical liberal, individualist,...
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