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. 7, No. 1, January 14

Authoritarian Temptation
[freedom is slavery]Can we trust the the presidency to a mayor like Giuliani?ONE OF THE MOST under-discussed aspects of Rudy Giuliani's quest for the presidency is how politically shrewd he is. Giuliani was elected mayor of one of the great bastions...
Authoritarian Temptation: Can We Trust the the Presidency to a Mayor like Giuliani?
ONE OF THE MOST under-discussed aspects of Rudy Giuliani's quest for the presidency is how politically shrewd he is. Giuliani was elected mayor of one of the great bastions of American liberalism despite being a former Reagan DOJ official and Republican...
Beating Swords into Plotlines
MANY SUCCESSFUL date movies, such as "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind," combined a love story for the ladies and a war for the gentlemen. With his 2001 bestseller Atonement, the immensely clever Ian McEwan pulled off the novelistic equivalent,...
Declaring Forever War
[brains we don't trust]Giuliani has surrounded himself with advisors who think the Bush Doctrine didn't go nearly far enough.LIKE MOST AMERICANS, I knew little about Rudolph Giuliani, save that he had been the very successful mayor of New York City catapulted...
Declaring Forever War: Giuliani Has Surrounded Himself with Advisors Who Think the Bush Doctrine Didn't Go Nearly Far Enough
LIKE MOST AMERICANS, I knew little about Rudolph Giuliani, save that he had been the very successful mayor of New York City catapulted to iconic status for his cool-headed demeanor after the Sept. 11 attacks. I was curious about where he stood as a...
Devaluing Doctrine
Do religious teachings matter to religious conservatives? Mitt Romney hopes not. If they do, his appeal to America's "great moral inheritance" will be in vain, and his religious confession will doom his presidential bid. "Americans tire of those...
Faith of His Fathers
If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination, it will be due in large measure to his splendid and moving defense of his faith delivered Dec. 6 at the George BushPresidential Library.The address was courageous in a way John F. Kennedy's speech to the...
Faith of His Fathers: If Mitt Romney Wins the Republican Nomination, It Will Be Due in Large Measure to His Splendid and Moving Defense of His Faith Delivered Dec. 6 at the George Bush
Presidential Library. The address was courageous in a way John F. Kennedy's speech to the Baptist ministers was not. Kennedy went to Houston to assure the ministers he agreed with them on virtually every issue where they differed with the Catholic...
Get 'Er Done
You need to know about how in 1962 I was a half-wild country kid of 16 in the wilds of King George Country, Virginia, and drove a derelict '53 Chevy that shouldn't even have started but in fact went places that would terrify an armored corps. (You...
GOP Loses Its Life
[Roe v. Wade Republican]A pro-abortion norninee would shatter Reagan's coalition.1980 WAS A WATERSHED YEAR for the Republican Party. The importance of social conservatives to the coalition Ronald Reagan was assembling was such that George H.W. Bush had...
GOP Loses Its Life: A Pro-Abortion Nominee Would Shatter Reagan's Coalition
1980 WAS A WATERSHED YEAR for the Republican Party. The importance of social conservatives to the coalition Ronald Reagan was assembling was such that George H.W. Bush had to renounce his pro-choice past to become Reagan's running mate. Since that...
Mr. Jefferson Comes Home
Mr. Jefferson Comes Home [Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson, Alan Pell Crawford, Random House, 312 pages]THE EDIFYING SIGHT of Ron Paul calmly explaining the contemporary application of American Revolutionary principles to the...
No More Slam Dunks
A reality-based assessment of Iran's nuclear capabilityTHE BOMBSHELL National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program asserted with a "high degree of certainty" that Tehran had abandoned its nuclear weapons in 2003 due to international pressure...
No More Slam Dunks: A Reality-Based Assessment of Iran's Nuclear Capability
THE BOMBSHELL National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program asserted with a "high degree of certainty" that Tehran had abandoned its nuclear weapons in 2003 due to international pressure and as part of a negotiated agreement with the Europeans....
Paper Pushers
The Fed cannot print oil, a fact Americans will find increasingly inconvenient.THE POST-SUMMER driving season is usually a forgiving time at the pump. But this year there was a detour on the road to lower year-end gas prices, which instead hit a record...
Paper Pushers: The Fed Cannot Print Oil, a Fact Americans Will Find Increasingly Inconvenient
THE POST-SUMMER driving season is usually a forgiving time at the pump. But this year there was a detour on the road to lower year-end gas prices, which instead hit a record average high of over $3 a gallon. On Nov. 15, just a few days before oil surged...
Steeple Chase
Capturing South Carolina's crucial "hymn-book" vote requires the right balance of religiosity and ruthlessness.NORTH CHARLESTON-In the back of a Holiday Inn reception room, Howard Wood tells how he came to know the man the room is waiting to see. His...
Steeple Chase: Capturing South Carolina's Crucial "Hymn-Book" Vote Requires the Right Balance of Religiosity and Ruthlessness
NORTH CHARLESTON -- In the back of a Holiday Inn reception room, Howard Wood tells how he came to know the man the room is waiting to see. His face sags around his smile as he recounts the story: "I pray about these things often, so I asked the Lord,...
The Paleocon Dilemma
The Ron Paul campaign illustrates the choices facing the antiwar Right.RON PAUL isn't just running for president. The antiwar 10-term congressman from Texas hopes that as titular head of the Republican Party, he can nudge the Right in a less interventionist...
The Paleocon Dilemma: The Ron Paul Campaign Illustrates the Choices Facing the Antiwar Right
RON PAUL isn't just running for president. The antiwar 10-term congressman from Texas hopes that as titular head of the Republican Party, he can nudge the Right in a less interventionist direction, both at home and abroad. In fact, reviving an older,...
What Jackie Did Next
What Jackie Did Next [Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, James Piereson, Encounter Books, 176 pages]ONE OF THE FOUNDING MYTHS of the American conservative movement is the Goldwater...