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. 4, April

Best Defense
Beltway brigadier Robert Kagan is all wrong.WASHINGTON'S BIPARTISAN foreignpolicy elite is worried. Neocons, liberal interventionists, and conservative hawks are all fretting about the specter of "isolationism" in the Tea Party. Facing a plucky band...
Best Defense: Beltway Brigadier Robert Kagan Is All Wrong
WASHINGTON'S BIPARTISAN foreign-policy elite is worried. Neocons, liberal interventionists, and conservative hawks are all fretting about the specter of "isolationism" in the Tea Party. Facing a plucky band of freshmen congressmen who have expressed...
Beyond Free Trade
Meet the heterodox economists challenging globalism."I DON'T CARE who writes a nation's laws, or crafts its advanced treatises, if I can write its economics textbooks." So said one of the greatest textbook writers of them all, Paul Samuelson.But even...
Beyond Free Trade: Meet the Heterodox Economists Challenging Globalism
"I DON'T CARE who writes a nation's laws, or crafts its advanced treatises, if I can write its economics textbooks." So said one of the greatest textbook writers of them all, Paul Samuelson. But even Samuelson didn't live forever--he died in 2009...
Buying the Content Farm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When the Huffington Post website put out its shingle in 2005, Twitter was just a glimmer in the eye of a California programmer, and social-networking behemoth Facebook had just 1 percent of the users it does today. A sustainable...
Buying the Content Farm
MEDIAWhen the Huffington Post website put out its shingle in 2005, Twitter was just a glimmer in the eye of a California programmer, and social-networking behemoth Facebook had just 1 percent of the users it does today. A sustainable business model for...
California Times Two
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] These days I care more about the results of local sporting events than I do national or out-of-state elections, but I was pleased that Golden Staters put Jerry Brown back in the governor's chair. Brown's austere unhipness...
Children of War
American arms pacified Fallujah - and may have poisoned a generation.IN THIS YEAR'S State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared, "the Iraq war is coming to end" - at least for Americans, leaving "with their heads held high" because "our...
Children of War: American Arms Pacified Fallujah-And May Have Poisoned a Generation
IN THIS YEAR'S State of the Union address, President Barack Obama declared, "the Iraq war is coming to end"--at least for Americans, leaving "with their heads held high" because "our commitment has been kept." For millions of Iraqis, however, the...
Deep Background
The back-and-forth response of the United States government to the growing crisis in North Africa has resulted in the usual finger pointing, this time in search of whom to blame for the failure to predict developments. A major shake-up in the intelligence...
Default Lines
Inflation, austerity, or debt repudiation awaits America.COULD THE U.S. default on its national debt? That the question is even being asked should give us pause. A few years ago, the idea of the federal government failing to repay what it owed investors...
Default Lines: Inflation, Austerity, or Debt Repudiation Awaits America
COULD THE U.S. default on its national debt? That the question is even being asked should give us pause. A few years ago, the idea of the federal government failing to repay what it owed investors seemed like a prospect so farfetched as not to be worth...
Democracy's Dilemma
WHEN A NATION fights for its life, ideology goes by the board. General Washington danced a jig when he heard King Louis XVI had become a fighting ally in our Revolutionary War against the Mother of Parliaments. In our Civil War, Abraham Lincoln...
Don't Party like It's 1989
Today's turmoil in the Middle East looks more Like the stillborn revolutions of 1848.THE UPRISING IN EGYPT and challenge to the Middle East's autocratic rulers could have produced a sense of déjà vu for the late German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt....
Don't Party like It's 1989: Today's Turmoil in the Middle East Looks More like the Stillborn Revolutions of 1848
THE UPRISING IN EGYPT and challenge to the Middle East's autocratic rulers could have produced a sense of deja vu for the late German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt. Notwithstanding her reputation as a progressive thinker, Arendt believed that the...
Dystopian Visions
Every year around this time, Hollywood celebrates itself with heavily promoted award shows. The stars preen and praise each other for their courage in bringing to the screen high-minded and serious stories about neurotic ballerinas ("Black Swan"),...
Everything Old Is Neo Again
Everything Old Is Neo Again [The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009, Irving Kristoi, Basic Books, 416 pages]WHAT IS a neoconservative?From the etymology of the word, it should refer either to someone who has newly become conservative...
Fall of the Raj
Egyptians revolted against American rule as well as Mubarak's.THE MIDEAST house of cards so laboriously constructed by Washington over the past four decades threatens to collapse. One can't help but be reminded of the revolts across Eastern Europe in...
Fall of the Raj: Egyptians Revolted against American Rule as Well as Mubarak's
THE MIDEAST house of cards so laboriously constructed by Washington over the past four decades threatens to collapse. One can't help but be reminded of the revolts across Eastern Europe in 1989 that began the fall of the Soviet Empire. Now it may...
Forum
LAVENDER MENACERegarding your piece on CPAC ("CPACs Social War," March 2011) you take swipes left and right at conservatives you don't like. You conclude by saying "Attacking Ron Paul and his supporters for their fiscal conservatism won't help Gary Bauer...
Herding Elephants
Anti-tax leader Grover Norquist confronts the economics of war.CONSERVATIVES WERE STARTING TO WONDER IF THEIR NATIONAL-SECURITY HANDS, WHO WERE PREDOMINANTLY NEOCONSERVATIVE IN THEIR VIEWS, REALLY KNEW WHATTHEY WERE TALKING ABOUT.FOR OVER 25 YEARS, Grover...
Herding Elephants: Anti-Tax Leader Grover Norquist Confronts the Economics of War
FOR OVER 25 YEARS, Grover Norquist has been holding the line on taxes while working to keep together a sometimes fractious conservative movement. It's not uncommon to see him moderating noisy, bagel-filled meetings of disparate single-issue groups,...
Liberalism within Limits
Liberalism Within Limits [The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends, Daniel J. Mahoney, ISI Books, 240 pages]THIS EXCEPTIONALLY eloquent book has a very precise title. Liberal...
Losing the Peace
Triumphant Israel need cut no deals with Palestinians -which spells disaster for the Jewish State.ON THE NIGHT OF JAN. 28, as revolutionary crowds began to shake the foundations of the Mubarak regime, a friend on the occupied West Bank sent out an e-mail....
Losing the Peace: Triumphant Israel Need Cut No Deals with Palestinians-Which Spells Disaster for the Jewish State
ON THE NIGHT OF JAN. 28, as revolutionary crowds began to shake the foundations of the Mubarak regime, a friend on the occupied West Bank sent out an e-mail. He had spent the day in a Ramallah cafe with Palestinians, who cheered each time the Al-Jazeera...
Manner Up
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When a supermarket's decision to put a modesty shield over a magazine cover featuring Elton John, his male lover, and their surrogate baby attracted a fierce back lash from the usual suspects--liberal busybodies, professional...
Manner Up
When a supermarket's decision to put a modesty shield over a magazine cover featuring Elton John, his male lover, and their surrogate baby attracted a fierce backlash from the usual suspects - liberal busybodies, professional gay militants, publicity...
Men Overboard
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In recent months the ghosts of cultural Marxism past, present, and future have haunted the U.S. military. If our soldiers, sailors, and Marines are not frightened by them, the rest of us should be. Together, they are assaulting...
Shakespeare at Liberty
Shakespeare at Liberty[Shakespeare's Freedom, Stephen Greenblatt, University of Chicago, 144 pages]WHEN I SAW the title of Stephen Greenblatt's new book, I wondered: what paradoxical sense of freedom is he going to use in order to attribute it to Shakespeare?...
Surreal Housewives
On Bravo's hit show, the gender roles are as artificial as the spray-on tans.NEW YEAR'S EVE celebrations on television are as old as the medium itself, and just as predictable, right down to the still-annual use of Dick Clark as a presenter. The holiday,...
Surreal Housewives: On Bravo's Hit Show, the Gender Roles Are as Artificial as the Spray-On Tans
NEW YEAR'S EVE celebrations on television are as old as the medium itself, and just as predictable, right down to the still-annual use of Dick Clark as a presenter. The holiday, for all its scripted debauchery, is still an occasion when people take...
The Back-and-Forth Response of the United States Government to the Growing Crisis in North Africa Has Resulted in the Usual Finger Pointing, This Time in Search of Whom to Blame for the Failure to Predict Developments
The back-and-forth response of the United States government to the growing crisis in North Africa has resulted in the usual finger pointing, this time in search of whom to blame for the failure to predict developments. A major shake-up in the intelligence...
The Wealth Explosion
The Wealth Explosion [Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World, Deirdre H. McCloskey, University of Chicago, 571 pages]FOR MOST OF HISTORY, existence was a grind, at least for the vast majority - though a short grind, for dying...
Trade Deficits: Made in America
Several writers in these pages have urged restrictions on trade with China and other protectionist measures, claiming these would produce large numbers of American jobs. Although they make compelling arguments, they ignore key reasons for job losses...
Warrior for Peace
Warrior for Peace [Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America, David Talbot, Simon 6 Schuster, ISl pages]SMEDLEY BUTLER was a real hero of the Old Republic. He served with distinction in the Marine Corps for more than 30 years, rose...