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. 18, September 25

Buyers' Remorse
[CONSERVATISM]Much of the mainstream Right has finally begun to cross George W. Bush off its hero list. You hear it at Republican enclaves on the eastern seaboard, the clubs and parties that produce streams of GOP campaign dollars, where Wall Streeters...
Cold Case
What happened to the anthrax investigation?THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will witness a torrent of commentary reflecting on the moment and meaning of 9/11. Ceremonies will be enacted...
De-Education Campaign
A radical playwright misremembers the meritocratic schools that made Britain great.IF THERE ARE ANY serious historians left by the time this history-hating era comes to an end, they will have much to say about our civilization's determined attack on...
Deep Background
An Aug. 23 Republican staff report issued by the House Intelligence Committee reflects the growing pressure by neoconservatives in the Bush administration to toughen American policy towards Iran. The staff report, which was made public by chairman Peter...
Imaginative Moralists
[The Moral Imagination: From Edmund Burke to Lionel Trilling, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Ivan R. Dee, 259 pages]Imaginative MoralistsTHIS COLLECTION of previously published essays offers portraits of notable figures in humane letters and politics exemplifying...
Perchance to Dream
FILM[The Science of Sleep]"The Science of Sleep," a surrealist romantic comedy by famed music video director Michel Gondry, is a manic but sweet-tempered reverie about why no woman in her right mind should fall in love with a truly imaginative artist,...
Purpose Driven Right
A new generation of evangelicals looks beyond abortion and homosexuality.BEFORE THE LAST presidential election, members of Woodland Hills Church bombarded their pastor with requests to distribute pro-Republican voter guides and introduce conservative...
The Princess and I
A new and controversial film about Princess Diana's death is about to open in the Venice Film Festival this September, nine years and a few days after the car accident that was heard around the world. One thing is for sure: the movie will reopen the...
The Rich Get Richer
[unsustainable development]Growing income disparity doesn't presage a new labor movement at home-but it may signal more terrorism for us abroad.IN 1914, Henry Ford paid his factory workers $5 a day, twice the going rate, with the aim of creating a broad...
What the Bishops Hath Wrought
[The Catholic Experience in America, Joseph A. Varacalli, Greenwood Press, 339 pages]What the Bishops Hath WroughtJOSEPH VARACALLI is very much an unsung hero of American Catholic intellectual life. For decades he has quietly labored on behalf of the...
Worse Than A Crime
[Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Thomas E. Ricks, The Penguin Press, 482 pages]Worse Than A CrimeSOMETIMES ONE CAN judge a book by its cover. Certainly Thomas Ricks lets you know where he stands in his title. However, a word of warning:...
You Go West, Girl!
Pioneers in petticoats would disdain today's oppression studies.I LOVE TALES of heroism. They inspire me. And because they do, I am perplexed by those people who are not similarly inspired. As a student and later as a professor, I found professors, teaching...