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. 11, June 5

All-American Anarchists
All-American Anarchists BOOKS [Look Homeward, America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists, Bill Kauffman, ISI Books, 211 pages]"AFFECTION FOR THE proliferating variety and mystery of human existence, as opposed to the narrowing...
Broken China Policy
The incoherence of congagementTHE MOST NOTABLE aspect of the recent White House meeting between Chinese president Hu Jintao and President Bush may have been the pre-summit wrangling over whether the deal would include a state dinner. In the end, the...
Cruise Control
FILM[Mission: Impossible III]Cruise ControlWITH TOM CRUISE, the glass is always about five-eighths full. Sure, as an actor he's memorable merely as the personification of youthful energy, and as a celebrity the Scientologist has turned into a pest as...
Deep Background
If the decline and fall of CIA Director Porter Goss were a morality play, it might be entitled the "Revenge of Mary McCarthy" and feature characters with unlikely names like Kyle "Dusty" Foggo. Foggo, the agency executive director and Goss protégé who...
Forum
MISSION ACCOMPLISHEDReplying to Mr. Buchanan's column, "Can We Win an Insurgents' War?" (May 22), I would like to point out that what Bush said he wanted to do was to 1.) achieve regime change and 2.) remove weapons of mass destruction.As to the first,...
Iran: Gulf War III?
Attacking the Islamic Republic would mean steep costs and uncertain victory.IF GAS BREAKING the $3/gallon barrier could dominate the evening news and send Congress into a frenzy, imagine Americans' horror if oil, now $75/barrel, suddenly tops $200. Neither...
Life Lessons
The Caseys and the Clintons team up to win back abortion-ambivalent votersIT TAKES A CERTAIN KIND of fortitude to be a pro-life politician in today's Democratic Party. After all, the number of elected pro-life Democrats has declined steadily since the...
Lose Your Illusions
Lose Your Illusions [The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy From 1940 to the Present, Christopher Layne, Cornell University Press, 304 pages]AT SOME POINT while you're reading The Peace of Illusions, you may experience a "Matrix"-like moment....
Not So Sweet
How Big Sugar made slaves out of guest workersTHE WORK OF HARVESTING sugarcane is grueling-even worse than picking cotton. With a knife, a cutter slices the cane stalk as close to the ground as possible. Standing in wet, soft muck soil, he chops off...
Out of Iraq, into Darfur?
[around the world in 8 years]When it comes to military intervention unrelated to the national interest, the globalist Left is no better than the neocon Right."OUT OF IRAQ, INTO DARFUR"-a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of the Associated...
The Day Laborers Took Off
A helpless American citizen copes with the illegal alien boycott.LIKE MANY OF US, I was caught unprepared by the Day Without an Immigrant boycott.There was something odd about the voice coming through the speaker at my regular fast-food drive-through....
The Persecution of the Palestinians
"Why do they hate us?" So stunned Americans asked, after 9/11, when we learned that across the Arab world, many were saying, "The Americans had it coming."For a textbook example of why we are hated, consider Gaza and the West Bank. There, a brutal Israeli/U.S.-led...
Think Liberty, Act Locally
Wilhelm Röpke integrated libertarian economics and traditional values.I REMEMBER THE 1980S as the good old days. Reagan was in the White House, Van Halen was on the radio, and I lived in a Gothic dorm. We still expected Pope John Paul II to roll back...
This Little Piggy Popped Pills
I thought it a nice touch when the D.C. fuzz escorted Congressman Patrick Kennedy to his home after he slammed his car into a barricade just blocks from the Capitol a few weeks ago. This is what cops do for a living. They do not test drunken drivers,...
While You Were Sleeping
While You Were Sleeping [Attention Deficit Democracy, James Bovard, Palgrave Macmillan, 291 pages]IN NINE BOOKS and hundreds of articles, the libertarian muckraker James Bovard has returned repeatedly to three themes: government repression, government...
Wizards of Oz
The Austalian intellectual scene has neocons of its own.PROBABLY THERE IS NO good time for talking about today's mainstream Australian intellectual life. Still, some times are better than others, and Condoleezza Rice's recent visit to antipodean shores...