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. 9, May 8

Big Brother Watches Britain
The rights of Englishmen make way for litres and ID cards.ONE OF THE ODDEST and most eerily prophetic passages in 1984 finds Winston Smith, unwisely searching for a key to the lost past, entering a sordid alehouse in a proletarian quarter. There he sees...
Case of the Missing Moon
Manliness, I am told, has been out of fashion for at least three decades, what with the likes of Gary Cooper and Robert Mitchum no longer around.But Harvey Mansfield's eponymous book has rekindled the controversy over what embodies manliness.The manly...
Deep Background
There are signs that the Bush administration's covert-action program against Iran is becoming both more active and more lethal. Twenty-two Iranian government officials were killed and the local governor was severely injured in a March ambush carried...
Dueling Banjos
Dueling Banjos [Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music, Chris Willman, New Press, 256 pages]IN 1974, Richard Nixon told the audience at the Grand Ole Opry,The peace of the world for generations, maybe centuries to come, will depend not...
Forum
AMERICAN CAESARWhile technically it is true as Pat Buchanan wrote on April 10, "[President Bush] has no power to launch U.S. air strikes on Iran, an act of war, unless Congress authorizes war," the reality is that the president can do pretty much what...
Grand Coalition
The Left and Right can-and should-join together against military adventurism."WHAT IS LACKING TODAY is a permanent, populist, broad-based political force to challenge the worldview of the serial globalizers and the advocates of endless war. The Peace...
How the West Won
How the West Won [The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, Rodney Stark, Random House, 281 pages]IN RECENT YEARS, particularly since 9/11, we have endured the end of history, the clash of civilizations,...
Is It Civil War Yet?
Far from serving as a democratic model for the Middle East, Iraq is slipping deeper into sectarian violence.MORE THAN THREE YEARS after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the same catch-22 that has plagued U.S. efforts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again...
Maid in the Shade
FILM[Friends With Money]Maid in the Shade"Friends With Money" is an astutely observed ensemble film about four West Los Angeles women, one single and struggling (Jennifer Aniston) and three married with children and prospering (the terrific trio of fortyish...
New Republican Majority?
[the rovian delusion]California has been the test case for the electoral impact of mass immigration. Color it deepest blue.AS VETERAN TRUTH-TELLER Thomas Sowell pointed out recently, "Phony arguments and phony words are the norm in discussions of immigration...
Regime Crisis
At this writing, France has capitulated to mass demonstrations and canceled a labor law that would have let employers dismiss workers under 26.For the French, the cave-in is truly bad news. It means the political system is not strong enough to take even...
The Case for Peace
The Case for Peace [Neo-conned! Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq, D. L. O'Huallachain and J. Forrest Sharpe, eds., Light in the Darkness Publications, 447 pages]FOR SOME TIME NOW, opponents of the Iraq War have needed a concise and...
The Old College Try
A small evangelical college fights to save itself-and to steel its students for the secular marketplace.ONE BRISK JANUARY evening, seven or eight faculty members and staff from my college met in the lobby of the Empire State Building and walked over...
The Politics of Amnesty
[12 million can be wrong]When the Senate speaks of immigration reform, it doesn't mean enforcement.AS SENATORS LEFT Washington for their Easter recess, an estimated 100,000 protestors arrived for a rally on the National Mall. The Senate adjourned without...
Twilight in America
THE BUSH REGIME currently has wars underway in Afghanistan and in Iraq and can bring neither to a conclusion. Undeterred by these failures, the administration gives every indication that it intends to start a war with Iran, a country that is capable...
Why Trade Deficits Matter
While Americans keep trooping to the malls, the charges against our account keep rising.AMERICA'S TRADE DEFICIT is a considerable problem, but it is a subject open to deliberate confusion by those who wish to ignore it, simply because most people don't...