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. 19, October 6

America's Mayor
Lou Barletta cleaned up his town. Now he wants to do the same for Washington.MAYOR LOU BARLETTA has never left Hazelton, Pennsylvania for long. The grandson of Italian immigrants was born there and attended its public schools. He spent his time outside...
America's Mayor: Lou Barletta Cleaned Up His Town. Now He Wants to Do the Same for Washington
Mayor Lou Barletta has never left Hazelton, Pennsylvania for long. The grandson of Italian immigrants was born there and attended its public schools. He spent his time outside of class working at his parents' road-construction and heating-oil businesses....
Country First?
Randy Scheunemann isn't the only foreign agent with McCain's ear.IT WAS THE STORY that dared Americans not to care-Iraqi soldiers yanking babies out of incubators in Kuwait and leaving them to die. The grisly tale turned out not to be true, but it was...
Country First? Randy Scheunemann Isn't the Only Foreign Agent with McCain's Ear
It was the story that dared Americans not to care--Iraqi soldiers yanking babies out of incubators in Kuwait and leaving them to die. The grisly tale turned out not to be true, but it was the hook that drew the American public into the Persian Gulf...
Crash Test
Is it 1929 all over again-or worse?AS AMERICAN FINANCE is being twisted and reshaped almost hourly, many worry that we're in for an encore of the galvanic upheavals of 80 years ago. Is this a gruesome economic Groundhog Day?There are important parallels...
Crash Test: Is It 1929 All over Again-Or Worse?
Rock-a-bye, trader on the tip top When the Board meets, the market will rock. When the rate rises, quotations will fall. And down will come trader, margins and all. --The Wall Street Journal March 29, 1929 As American Finance is being twisted...
Dangerous Addiction
I live in Mexico about an hour south of Guadalajara, on the north shore of Lake Chapala. Permit me a few thoughts on Latin politics, the Mexican economy and, above all, drugs as seen from south of the border. These could shortly prove important for...
Deep Background
CIA Director Michael Hayden shed some light on an old mystery in a speech delivered in Los Angeles on Sept. 16. He said, "We were able last year to spoil a big secret, a project that could have provided Syria with plutonium for nuclear weapons." Referring...
Gang of Democracies
Woodrow Wilson's dream may yet become our nightmare.WHEN I HEAR THE WORD "democracy," I reach not for my revolver, but for my wallet. I freeze and wait for the next blow to fall: a tax hike, another war, a new form of knavery masquerading as well-intentioned...
Gang of Democracies: Woodrow Wilson's Dream May Yet Become Our Nightmare
When I hear the word "democracy," I reach not for my revolver, but for my wallet. I freeze and wait for the next blow to fall: a tax hike, another war, a new form of knavery masquerading as well-intentioned ignorance. Imagining a "League of Democracies,"...
God and Blair at Yale
The first thing to do when the words "Tony" and "Blair" swim into your head is to pray for the grace to be charitable and to avoid the sin of sarcasm (or "irony," as we call it in England). The second thing is to ask yourself: Where does this monkey...
God and Blair at Yale
The first thing to do when the words "Tony" and "Blair" swim into your head is to pray for the grace to be charitable and to avoid the sin of sarcasm (or "irony," as we call it in England). The second thing is to ask yourself: Where does this monkey...
Goodbye Gordon Gekko
The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions of dollars of our people's wealth, is, like the Crash of 1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset of another.The new era will see a more sober and much diminished America. The Omnipower"...
Goodbye Gordon Gekko: The Crash of 2008, Which Is Now Wiping out Trillions of Dollars of Our People's Wealth, Is, like the Crash of 1929, Likely to Mark the End of One Era and the Onset of Another
The new era will see a more sober and much diminished America. The "Omni-power" and "Indispensable Nation" we heard about in all the hubris and braggadocio following our Cold War victory is history. Seizing on the crisis, the Left says we are witnessing...
How the Western Was Won
The bald and square-jawed actor Ed Harris has played American heroes and psycho killers since first drawing notice as astronaut John Glenn in 1983's "The Right Stuff." He's now written and directed "Appaloosa," an amiable Western about masculine camaraderie...
Out on Bail
As we go to press, Congress is poised to give Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson 5 percent of our GDP to make the worst possible investment. He wants taxpayers to take out Wall Street's trash--and pay $700 billion for the privilege. Though the analysts...
Out on Bail
[ECONOMY]As we go to press, Congress is poised to give Treasury secretary Henry Paulson 5 percent of our GDP to make the worst possible investment. He wants taxpayers to take out Wall Street's trash-and pay $700 billion for the privilege. Though the...
Power Play
You don't need a military to pull off a coup. Ideas will do.A WEAKNESS of traditional Western political thought has been a tendency to disparage a desire for power. Following Plato, many moralists have associated political virtue with a reluctance to...
Power Play: You Don't Need a Military to Pull off a Coup. Ideas Will Do
A weakness of traditional Western political thought has been a tendency to disparage a desire for power. Following Plato, many moralists have associated political virtue with a reluctance to pursue and exercise command. To want to rule others is to...
Rose-Tinted Lens
Would Iraqis greet us with flowers? I made sure of it.FIVE YEARS INTO THE WAR, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and over 4,000 Americans have died. The proud and educated Iraqi middle class has been eviscerated. And America, the birthplace of rock and...
Rose-Tinted Lens: Would Iraqis Greet Us with Flowers? I Made Sure of It
Five years into the War, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and over 4,000 Americans have died. The proud and educated Iraqi middle class has been eviscerated. And America, the birthplace of rock and roll and Marilyn Monroe, the conqueror of the Nazis...
Stars in Their Eyes
In the age of Obama and Palin, glamour matters but so does substance.WATCHING IMAGES of Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton intermingling on the "Celeb" commercial and seeing Tina Fey out-Palin Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," one could...
Stars in Their Eyes: In the Age of Obama and Palin, Glamour Matters but So Does Substance
Watching images of Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton intermingling on the "Celeb" commercial and seeing Tina Fey out-Palin Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," one could be excused for thinking of this year's presidential contest as a...
The American Conservative
To: Gov. Sarah Palin From: TAC Editors Re: What Your Tutors Aren't Telling You Congratulations on being chosen as John McCain's running mate. It's an honor, if a dubious one. As you know, conservatives have reservations about McCain. To your...
What's the Matter with Thomas Frank?
[The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule, Thomas Frank, Metropolitan, 384 pages] Thomas Frank's Latest philippic is lively and well-written and scores a number of direct hits on the frauds who moved to Washington in the name of shrinking government...
Whose Palin?
The old Buchanan Brigades now ride to the sound of the neocon guns.PAT BUCHANAN welcomed Sarah Palin to the national scene with a column declaring "she is one of us." But the Alaska governor evidently doesn't think of herself as a Buchananite-at least...
Whose Palin? the Old Buchanan Brigades Now Ride to the Sound of the Neocon Guns
Pat Buchanan welcomed Sarah Palin to the national scene with a column declaring "she is one of us." But the Alaska governor evidently doesn't think of herself as a Buchananite--at least not today. Through her McCain handlers, Palin denied ever associating...