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. 21, November 6

An Enemy of the State
[Bakunin: A Biography, Mark Leier, St. Martin's Press, 350 pages] An Enemy of the StateMARK LEIER sets out to rescue not only Mikhail Bakunin, the great anarchist thinker, but the whole anarchist tradition, which he argues is a pertinent political force...
Breaking the Silence
The debate ignited by Walt and Mearsheimer gathers momentum.SCARCELY A MONTH ago, New Republic editor Marty Peretz was chortling about how John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt "had a two-week run in the prints and blogs ... and then, poof, they disappeared."...
Damn Yankees
Why is it that watching the New York Yankees do their annual postseason swoon gives me such pleasure? Once upon a time the Yankees were my God, the first team I began to follow when I landed at LaGuardia airport in October 1948. That was the year the...
Deep Background
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra has been receiving information reports from an Iranian exile source in Paris who is believed to be Fereidoun Mahdavi, a close associate of discredited Iran/Contra fabricator Manucher Ghorbanifar. Hoekstra,...
Democrats in the Doldrums
[Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power, Thomas B. Edsall, Basic Books, 320 pages] Democrats in the DoldrumsTHERE IS SOMETHING strangely dated, even archaic about Thomas Edsall's new book. It is meticulously...
Forum
REAL CONSERVATISMIt's so refreshing to read what real conservatives have to say rather than the neocon, globalist party line that comes out of the White House and its mouthpieces in the media. The biggest hijacking of this century has not been by Muslim...
Good Will Killing
FILM[The Departed]Good Will KillingAS AMERICAN FILMMAKING has hit the doldrums, the best Chinese-language movies, such as "Hero" and "2046," have come to rival in quality anything recently made in America. Now the most critically celebrated American...
GOP and Man at Yale
[party on, dude]The intellectual dexterity that once distinguished campus conservatives has given way to mindless Republican boosterism.(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes text stops here in original.)JAMES R. LAWRENCE III doesn't look like...
Great Black Hope
Will 2006 be the year of the African-American Republican?"SMELL IT? It's trash from my opponent. Time to take it out." In his campaign to replace retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md), Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has appeared in five television commercials,...
Halt, Christian Soldiers
Evangelicals' militant tendencies aren't grounded in church history or Scripture.ON OCT. 3, 2002, President Bush received an open letter from some of the country's most prominent evangelical leaders, including the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard...
Homestead Security
Strong communities, not stronger government, are the best anti-terror measure.RUSSELL KIRK once provocatively suggested that national defense was as much a responsibility of state and local governments as of the national government, where the Constitution...
Kill 'Em All Conservatives
Pro-war pundits say: give Muslims liberty or give them death.CONSERVATIVES WHO HAVE aligned themselves with the neocons' Middle East strategy are getting frustrated. It wasn't supposed to be like this. Nation-building and international social work have...
More Troops-Or Less Empire
"[W]e are stretched too thin and need a larger military," argued The Weekly Standard in a recent editorial entitled "More Troops.""Researchers at conservative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation call for larger...
The Acid Guru's Long, Strange Trip
[Timothy Leary: A Biography, Robert Greenfield, Harcourt, 689 pages] The Acid Guru's Long, Strange TripIN SEPTEMBER 1970, the Weather Underground helped Timothy Leary escape from a federal prison. It wasn't a natural alliance. Leary was a hippie icon,...
The King and Us
Thailand's stability is rooted not in democracy but in monarchy.THE COUP IN THAILAND provided another opportunity for the Bush administration "Democracy Internationale" to demonstrate its tin ear. From a baseline of zero understanding of Thai society,...
Trouble in the Heartland
In the midterm congressional elections, are Indiana's conservative white men trending Democratic?BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA-The American heartland begins in Indiana, where the land shrinks and the sky swells and the tempo and temper of the people mellow, foreshadowing...