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. 10, No. 2, February

AIPAC on Trial
Steve Rosen was accused of spying. Now he accuses his former employer.REPORTS OF SURFING porn sites and frequenting prostitutes are not what one expects to read about the leadership of Washington's most powerful foreignpolicy lobby. But a bitter civil...
AIPAC on Trial: Steve Rosen Was Accused of Spying. Now He Accuses His Former Employer
Reports of surfing porn sites and frequenting prostitutes are not what one expects to read about the leadership of Washington's most powerful foreign-policy lobby. But a bitter civil suit is bringing some of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's...
American Burke
Irving Babbitt formulated a conservatism for a world in whirl.FOR CONSERVATIVE THINKERS the past 15 years have been a season of selfassessment. In moods of disenchantment, anger, and even betrayal many have staked out positions differentiating their...
American Burke: Irving Babbitt Formulated a Conservatism for a World in Whirl
For conservative thinkers the past 15 years have been a season of self-assessment. In moods of disenchantment, anger, and even betrayal many have staked out positions differentiating their views from what today commonly passes for "conservatism." In...
A Tea Party Defense Budget
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tea Partiers rightly fear national ruin unless government spending is reduced. The numbers quickly show such reductions must include the defense budget. The national-security state devours about half of all "discretionary"...
Breaking Up Isn't Hard to Do
Breaking Up Isn't Hard to Do [Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map, Bill Kauffman, Chelsea Green, 336 pages]MOST CONSERVATIVES want big government in all...
Coburn's Burden
Fiscal discipline is a moral issue for the Oklahoma senator - and that puts him at odds with his own party."REPUBLICS LAST a limited amount of time," says Tom Coburn, "and they start to fail on fiscal issues, so there's no surprise where we are." Legs...
Coburn's Burden: Fiscal Discipline Is a Moral Issue for the Oklahoma Senator-And That Puts Him at Odds with His Own Party
"Republics last a limited amount of time," says Tom Coburn, "and they start to fail on fiscal issues, so there's no surprise where we are." Legs crossed, hands resting on the edge of a small armchair, the Oklahoma senator looks perfectly ready for...
Cogs of War
On Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower addressed the nation. With these words of warning, he said farewell.GOOD EVENING, my fellow Americans.First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they...
Cogs of War: On Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower Addressed the Nation. with These Words of Warning, He Said Farewell
Good evening, my fellow Americans. First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them...
Cryptic Fascist?
Cryptic Fascist? [The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and national Socialism, William H. F. Altman, Lexington Books, 589 pages]WILLIAM ALTMAN'S voluminous study of German Jewish political theorist Leo Strauss (1899-1973) does not break any new ground in...
Deep Background
Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks revealed that Condeleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton had ordered American diplomats to collect personal information about United Nations diplomats. The orders are in fact part of a much broader CIA program that...
Democracy in Crisis
For those who have read about or vaguely remember the stolid British tribe of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and the Blitz, which held out in its "finest hour," December brought a disgusting sight. Mobs in Parliament Square set fire to the statue...
Dignity Doesn't Fly
Peepshow scanners may not catch terrorists, but who says they're supposed to?THAT THE TRANSPORTATION Security Administration (TSA) has saved a single life is unproven and doubtful. But it did something good for the country last fall by provoking a long...
Dignity Doesn't Fly: Peepshow Scanners May Not Catch Terrorists, but Who Says They're Supposed To?
That the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has saved a single life is unproven and doubtful. But it did something good for the country last fall by provoking a long overdue reaction against bureaucratic bullying. The TSA has been rolling...
Drafting History
How - and why - the Farewell Address was written.A FAREWELL MESSAGE was on Dwight Eisenhower's mind well before the end of his term. Chatting with chief speechwriter Malcolm Moos in the Oval Office in May 1959, the president mentioned as an aside that...
Drafting History: How-And Why-The Farewell Address Was Written
A farewell message was on Dwight Eisenhower's mind well before the end of his term. Chatting with chief speechwriter Malcolm Moos in the Oval Office in May 1959, the president mentioned as an aside that there was one speech he particularly wanted to...
Empire Is Bad Business
The Pentagon sells out American manufacturing for Japanese bases.TOKYO -When German executives visit Tokyo, they are often treated to a session at Bernd's Bar, a notably authentic German pub. A bit too authentic, perhaps, given its Axis-era accoutrements....
Empire Is Bad Business: The Pentagon Sells out American Manufacturing for Japanese Bases
Tokyo -- When German executives visit Tokyo, they are often treated to a session at Bernd's Bar, a notably authentic German pub. A bit too authentic, perhaps, given its Axis-era accoutrements. The last time I was there, one of the walls still featured...
Fear of God
Fear of God [The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders, Damon Linker, Horton, 251 pages]BOOKSTHE UNITED STATES is a very religious country: far more Americans belong to churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques than do their...
Ghosts of Daniel Shays
Historians have begun trying to explain the Tea Party movement, unfortunately.In The Whites of Their Eyes, the leading example of an effort gone mostly wrong, Harvard professor Jill Lepore places the Tea Party movement's demands for a return to f ounding...
Ghosts of Daniel Shays: Historians Have Begun Trying to Explain the Tea Party Movement, Unfortunately
In The Whites of Their Eyes, the leading example of an effort gone mostly wrong, Harvard professor Jill Lepore places the Tea Party movement's demands for a return to founding principles alongside a description of Revolutionary era slavery. She concludes...
Going for Gold (Again)
Could a return to hard money save the dollar?CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERTARIANS often lament President Franklin Roosevelt's decision in 1933 to confiscate Americans' monetary gold, a move that killed the classical gold standard. In 1971, Richard Nixon abolished...
Going for Gold (Again): Could a Return to Hard Money Save the Dollar?
Conservatives and libertarians often lament President Franklin Roosevelt's decision in 1933 to confiscate Americans' monetary gold, a move that killed the classical gold standard. In 1971, Richard Nixon abolished even the diluted gold exchange standard...
High on Regulation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Republicans thought Christmas had come early when federal judge Henry Hudson struck down Obamacare's individual health-insurance mandate, ruling that it did not meet the constitutional test for regulating interstate commerce....
High on Regulation
[POLITICS]Republicans thought Christmas had come early when federal judge Henry Hudson struck down Obamacare's individual health-insurance mandate, ruling that it did not meet the constitutional test for regulating interstate commerce. But conservatives...
I Don't like Ike
He vastly expanded the garrison state.EISENHOWER'S FAREWELL speech was a long and nearly hysterical argument for the Cold War. He presented it as more than a military policy against Russia, but rather as a grand metaphysical struggle that should take...
I Don't like Ike: He Vastly Expanded the Garrison State
Eisenhower's farewell speech was a long and nearly hysterical argument for the Cold War. He presented it as more than a military policy against Russia, but rather as a grand metaphysical struggle that should take over our minds and souls, as bizarre...
Kiss Me, Kate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here we go again. It is impossible to overestimate quite how much the British like themselves--and impossible to underestimate quite how much the rest of the world dislikes the British. Having lived in England most of my adult...
Kiss Me, Kate
Here we go again. It is impossible to overestimate quite how much the British like themselves - and impossible to underestimate quite how much the rest ofthe world dislikes the British. Having Uved in England most of my adult Ufe, I can attest that both...
Old and Right
What Mr. James N. Wood calls the corsair of democracy--that is, the professional mob-master, the merchant of delusions, the pumper-up of popular fears and rages--is still content to work for capitalism, and capitalism knows how to reward him to his...
One-State Problem
The Obama administration has all but acknowledged that its efforts to advance Mideast peace have failed. 'This is not a change in strategy; there may well be a change in tactics," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said in December, as news broke...
One-State Problem
[MIDEAST]The Obama administration has all but acknowledged that its efforts to advance Mideast peace have failed. 'This is not a change in strategy; there may well be a change in tactics," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said in December, as news...
Science of Tyranny
Eisenhower identified more than one threat to the Republic.THE FAREWELL ADDRESS is a short but profound masterpiece. Direct, compact, and riveting, in an economy of words it drives to the heart of America's modern crisis: our loss of republican liberty...
Science of Tyranny: Eisenhower Identified More Than One Threat to the Republic
The farewell address is a short but profound masterpiece. Direct, compact, and riveting, in an economy of words it drives to the heart of America's modern crisis: our loss of republican liberty in the name of power and liberation. Although Eisenhower's...
Sex, Drugs, & Rolling Stones
Sex, Drugs, & Rolling Stones [Life, Keith Richards, Little, Brown and Co., 576 pages]Slipped my tongue in someone else's pieTasting better every timeHe turned given ami tried to make me cryBeing hungry it ain't no crime.- "Coming Down Again"IF KEITH...
The Liberal Complex
Idealism, not economics, drives American militarism.PRESIDENT EISENHOWER famously warned his fellow Americans about the pernicious influence of what he termed "the military-industrial complex." This was, to be sure, an important speech for many reasons,...
The Liberal Complex: Idealism, Not Economics, Drives American Militarism
President Eisenhower famously warned his fellow Americans about the pernicious influence of what he termed "the military-industrial complex." This was, to be sure, an important speech for many reasons, not the least of which were its prescience about...
The Other Eisenhowers
Ike's anti-militarist rootsDWIGHT D. EISENHOWER'S MOTHER was a pacifist, abreed common in the Middle America of yore, before war became the national religion. Her son left Kansas to climb the martial ladder of the Department of War, whose motto, suggested...
The Other Eisenhowers: Ike's Anti-Militarist Roots
Dwight D. Eisenhower's mother was a pacifist, a breed common in the Middle America of yore, before war became the national religion. Her son left Kansas to climb the martial ladder of the Department of War, whose motto, suggested Declaration of Independence...
Tom Clancy's "Brain-Dead or Alive"
Created by Tom Clancy's Op-Center, written in collaboration with Gen. TonyZinni (Ret), Gen. Charles Horner (Ret), Gen. Fred Franks (Ret), and Chase Madar; videogame developed by FamVaUTripesplatter Jr.IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY night in McLean, VirginiaFormer...
Trade Goods, Not People
Conservatives must confront the economics of immigration.WHEN CONSERVATIVE icon Paul Weyrich died in December 2008, the Democrats had just won the White House and increased their majorities in the House and Senate. Virtually from his deathbed, Weyrich...
Trade Goods, Not People: Conservatives Must Confront the Economics of Immigration
When conservative icon Paul Weyrich died in December 2008, the Democrats had just won the White House and increased their majorities in the House and Senate. Virtually from his deathbed, Weyrich judged that conservatism had become a movement "without...
What Shall It Profit a Man?
What Shall It Profit a Man? [To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the late Modern World, James Davison Hunter, Oxford University Press, 368 pages]SOCIOLOGIST James Davison Hunter made his reputation as a public...