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. 9, No. 1, January

Bad Medicine
Republicans enter the healthcare debate-posing as Democrats.LATE AT NIGHT on Saturday, Nov. 7, nationalized health insurance - and eventually a government takeover of healthcare - took a giant leap forward. Among the 177 Congressional Republicans, only...
Bad Medicine: Republicans Enter the Healthcare Debate-Posing as Democrats
LATE AT NIGHT on Saturday, Nov. 7, nationalized health insurance--and eventually a government takeover of healthcare--took a giant leap forward. Among the 177 Congressional Republicans, only one voted for the bill, but the party deserves more blame...
Bitter Fruit
IF WE HAD IT TO DO OVER, would we send an army into Afghanistan to build a nation? Would we invade Iraq? While these two wars have cost 5,200 dead, a trillion dollars, and a divided America, what have we won? Gen. Stanley McChrystal needs...
Blame Business Schools?
Their best and brightest broke a countryI WAS RECENTLY COLLARED by a young Polish man studying for an MBA. He had come to hear a debate at a British business school on the motion, "This House believes MBAs are best placed to lead us out of the financial...
Blame Business Schools? Their Best and Brightest Broke a Country
I WAS RECENTLY COLLARED by a young Polish man studying for an MBA. He had come to hear a debate at a British business school on the motion, "This House believes MBA's are best placed to lead us out of the financial crisis." I was on the opposing and...
Bombs without Borders
Bernard Kouchner's prescription for warTHE HISTORY of neoconservatism has been weU documented as a trajectory from Left to Right and specificaUy from anti-Stalinist Left to pro-war and anticonservative Right. The story is usuaUy told about Americans...
Bombs without Borders: Bernard Kouchner's Prescription for War
THE HISTORY of neoconservatism has been well documented as a trajectory from Left to Right and specifically from anti-Stalinist Left to pro-war and anticonservative Right. The story is usually told about Americans because, of course, it is in the United...
Boulder Rocks
I always figured that if ever I got to Boulder, Colorado, it would be as a student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, whose eponym was the Taft Republican novelist from Lowell, Massachusetts, at whose gravesite my wife left her bridal...
Bring Back the Bad Guys
The logical end of the democracy crusadeCONQUERORS IMMEMORIAL have known that the secret to successful occupations is to let the guys who surrender stay in charge of the yokels. We are presently bogged down in two quagmires because we haven't learned...
Bring Back the Bad Guys: The Logical End of the Democracy Crusade
CONQUERORS IMMEMORIAL have known that the secret to successful occupations is to let the guys who surrender stay in charge of the yokels. We are presently bogged down in two quagmires because we haven't learned that lesson. Iraq's government and...
Confessions of a Chickendove
In the past 100 years, so far as I know, no member of my family has died for his country or even served in the military, unless you count my father, who served briefly in the Home Guard during World War II, and my mother's half brother, who served...
Deep Background
CIA trainers report that the Agency is having trouble figuring out what to do with all the new officers acquired during the Busk administration's Global War on Terror.Agency budgets ballooned in the wake of 9/1 1 , and there was pressure from the White...
FIRE in the Hole
Just as residential real estate shows signs of strengthening, the commercial market begins to shudder.YOU DON'T NEED AN EXPERT to tell you that commercial real estate (CRE) is in trouble. Signs of meltdown are everywhere - not only in the headlines but...
FIRE in the Hole: Just as Residential Real Estate Shows Signs of Strengthening, the Commercial Market Begins to Shudder
YOU DON'T NEED AN EXPERT to tell you that commercial real estate (CRE) is in trouble. Signs of meltdown are everywhere--not only in the headlines but in the empty storefronts and vacant office complexes from coast to coast. The causes are all too familiar:...
Going South
Militaristic, corrupt America increasingly resembles a Third World state.DESPITE A CHANGE of presidents, America remains mired in economic, institutional, and cultural purgatory, with Obama's exalted oratory circling the stratosphere like a taunt.Angry...
Going South: Militaristic, Corrupt America Increasingly Resembles a Third World State
DESPITE A CHANGE of presidents, America remains mired in economic, institutional, and cultural purgatory, with Obama's exalted oratory circling the stratosphere like a taunt. Angry nationalism shouts down prudence. Disproportionate military spending...
Hope & Fear
Democratic dominance is not the end of the world.BY THE END OF THE YEAR, the federal government may have totally restructured the American healthcare system. This health-insurance industry takeover may lead to widespread taxpayer subsidies for elective...
Hope & Fear: Democratic Dominance Is Not the End of the World
BY THE END OF THE YEAR, the federal government may have totally restructured the American healthcare system. This health-insurance industry takeover may lead to widespread taxpayer subsidies for elective abortion. A new national energy tax may be imposed...
How to Become a Trillionaire
All the money that's unfit to printTHE MCDONALD'S on Spring Street has shut down. I had sold my first edition of Infinite Jest for $500,000 and figured I would treat myself to a Happy Meal. But when I got there, the manager was boarding up. "Can't get...
How to Become a Trillionaire: All the Money That's Unfit to Print
THE MCDONALD'S on Spring Street has shut down. I had sold my first edition of Infinite Jest for $500,000 and figured I would treat myself to a Happy Meal. But when I got there, the manager was boarding up. "Can't get potatoes, can't get meat," he told...
Idle Smashing
An evening with Christopher HitchensIT IS TYPICAL of religion to attempt to police our most elemental instincts with a stentorian list of rather schmutzig Thou-shalt-nots. Case in point: there I was at the "Morning Joe" studio a few months ago, second...
Idle Smashing: An Evening with Christopher Hitchens
IT IS TYPICAL of religion to attempt to police our most elemental instincts with a stentorian list of rather schmutzig Thou-shalt-nots. Case in point: there I was at the "Morning Joe" studio a few months ago, second wake-up brandy down the hatch and,...
Nuclear Bunkum
Don't panic: bin Laden's WMD are mythical, too.ACCORDING TO Defense Secretary Robert Gates, every senior government leader is kept awake at night by "the thought of a terrorist ending up with a weapon of mass destruction, especiaUy nuclear."This is,...
Nuclear Bunkum: Don't Panic: Bin Laden's WMD Are Mythical, Too
ACCORDING TO Defense Secretary Robert Gates, every senior government leader is kept awake at night by "the thought of a terrorist ending up with a weapon of mass destruction, especially nuclear." This is, I suppose, understandable. It was in 1995...
Old and Right
I WISH SOMEONE would offer a prize for a good, simple, and intelligible definition of "Government." What is it? Where is it? What does it do? What ought it to do? All we know is that it is a mysterious personage; and, assuredly, it is the most solicited,...
Pre-Crime & Punishment
On an otherwise unremarkable Thursday, hell visited Fort Hood. By the time the gunman's work was done, 13 lay dead, 30 wounded. Compounding the pain was a cruel double irony: many of the fallen had survived Iraq, and the man who took their lives wore...
Pre-Crime & Punishment
[MILITARY]On an otherwise unremarkable Thursday, hell visited Fort Hood. By the time the gunman's work was done, 13 lay dead, 30 wounded. Compounding the pain was a cruel double irony: many of the fallen had survived Iraq, and the man who took their...
Spinning out of Control
The Pentagon propaganda plan to win hearts and minds-of AmericansIT WASN'T a good day for the Department of Defense when Stars and Stripes scooped the Pentagon's secret scheme to profile journalists covering the war. Seems that the Rendon Group - the...
Spinning out of Control: The Pentagon Propaganda Plan to Win Hearts and Minds-Of Americans
IT WASN'T a good day for the Department of Defense when Stars and Stripes scooped the Pentagon's secret scheme to profile journalists covering the war. Seems that the Rendon Group--the tyrannosaurus rex of military public-relations contractors--was...
Strange Bird
John James Audubon was a terrible writer and a cruel conservationist, but his vision still took flight.JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, author of The Birds of America and patron saint of American wildlife, was, to tell the truth, an awful writer. His spoken English...
Strange Bird: John James Audubon Was a Terrible Writer and a Cruel Conservationist, but His Vision Still Took Flight
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, author of The Birds of America and patron saint of American wildlife, was, to tell the truth, an awful writer. His spoken English was strongly accented with the French of Haiti, where he was born in 1785 to a Spanish Creole mother...
Unsafe at Any Creed
It was 1995, a scant four years after the District's crackera murder wave crested and broke. We were still living in the spume. (1991 saw 482 murders in city limits, '95 a mere 36. In four years I guess we grew some weak little gangsters.) I was in...
What Recovery?
Bush, Obama, and Congress slammed the pedal to the floor--but the U.S. economy isn't going anywhere. All the bank bailouts and stimulus efforts of more than $1 trillion have bought is a 2.5 percent blip in GDP for the third quarter of 2009. Pollyannas...
What Recovery?
[ECONOMY]Bush, Obama, and Congress slammed the pedal to the floor - but the U.S. economy isn't going anywhere. All the bank bailouts and stimulus efforts of more than $1 trillion have bought is a 2.5 percent blip in GDP for the third quarter of 2009....