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. 8, No. 1, January 12

Bad Deal
FDR's public works only exacerbated the Depression.NEVER HAS THE PHRASE "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression" been uttered so often. Reporters and commentators routinely discuss our current financial woes as though it were 1930 again....
Bad Deal: FDR's Public Works Only Exacerbated the Depression
NEVER HAS THE PHRASE "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression" been uttered so often. Reporters and commentators routinely discuss our current financial woes as though it were 1930 again. Pundits and even economists urge President-elect...
Bailout Blago
The governor was too honest for Washington.THE STONING of Rod Blagojevich recalls Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," a sinister short story about the inhabitants of an otherwise placid village where, periodically, someone's name is chosen out of a hat...
Bailout Blago: The Governor Was Too Honest for Washington
THE STONING of Rod Blagojevich recalls Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," a sinister short story about the inhabitants of an otherwise placid village where, periodically, someone's name is chosen out of a hat for a public stoning. Like much of Jackson's...
Burmese Days
The junta is content to rule over ruin.AS THE WHEELS LOCKED DOWN on the final approach to Burma's Yangon Airport, the young Japanese diplomat sitting next to me said; "If you haven't been here since '95, 1 expect you will see a lot of changes." The cavernous...
Burmese Days: The Junta Is Content to Rule over Ruin
AS THE WHEELS LOCKED DOWN on the final approach to Burma's Yangon Airport, the young Japanese diplomat sitting next to me said; "If you haven't been here since '95, I expect you will see a lot of changes." The cavernous marble and glass terminal building,...
Deep Background
One important ally is not enthusiastic about the change of administration in Washington. Turkey's leaders are extremely concerned about the impending Obama presidency, so much so that they have alerted their embassies to prepare their press officers...
Fight of Their Lives
What anti-abortion activists can expect from an Obama administrationABORTION NEVER BECAME a major issue in the 2008 campaign. But Barack Obama's promise of change extends to the modest legal protections pro-lifers have managed to enact on behalf of the...
Fight of Their Lives: What Anti-Abortion Activists Can Expect from an Obama Administration
ABORTION NEVER BECAME a major issue in the 2008 campaign. But Barack Obama's promise of change extends to the modest legal protections pro-lifers have managed to enact on behalf of the unborn. He has pledged to eliminate them. By next spring, the...
Inflated Expectations
Imagine you've bought a stack of Weekly Standard back issues--not because you want to read them (who would?) but because you imagine they might appreciate in value. Only they don't. Sooner or later, your dreams of avarice frustrated, you might just...
Inflated Expectations
[ECONOMY]Imagine you've bought a stack of Weekly Standard back issues - not because you want to read them (who would?) but because you imagine they might appreciate in value. Only they don't. Sooner or later, your dreams of avarice frustrated, you might...
McGovern Beats Nixon
How the South Dakota senator remade the RightGEORGE MCGOVERN is enjoying a renaissance. The 86-year-old ex-senator best known for losing the 1972 presidential election in an avalanche - he carried only one state, Massachusetts - won new friends among...
McGovern Beats Nixon: How the South Dakota Senator Remade the Right
GEORGE MCGOVERN is enjoying a renaissance. The 86-year-old ex-senator best known for losing the 1972 presidential election in an avalanche--he carried only one state, Massachusetts--won new friends among libertarians last spring with two startlingly...
Old and Right
THE SPENDING OF BORROWED MONEY as a permanent policy with a continuous rise in the public debt can have only one effect. A rising public debt means a continuously rising interest charge and persistently rising taxes to service the debt. And this is...
Old and Right
THE SPENDING OF BORROWED MONEY as a permanent policy with a continuous rise in the public debt can have only one effect. A rising public debt means a continuously rising interest charge and persistently rising taxes to service the debt. And this is only...
Perfect Sowing
Cultivating the American characterHE TRAVELED the three miles to the mill 63 times during the 87th harvest of his Ufe, his old International pulling the wagon my uncle filled with beans or corn. I don't know why he counted the trips; perhaps it helped...
Perfect Sowing: Cultivating the American Character
HE TRAVELED the three miles to the mill 63 times during the 87th harvest of his life, his old International pulling the wagon my uncle filled with beans or corn. I don't know why he counted the trips; perhaps it helped pass the time and focus his wavering...
Simple the Best
MY GUESS IS that if you were stuck on a National Review cruise to Alaska and were to ask a passing conservative intellectual to name the six greatest British conservatives of the last century or so, he would come up with a list something like this:...
Spending Our Way to Solvency?
IN A DEEPENING RECESSION, what does the reasonable man do? Seeing friends laid off, he will get rid of all but essential credit cards, dine at home more often, terminate unnecessary trips to the mall, put off buying a new car, give up the idea of...
The Politics of Same
It seems to me that America's difficulty in facing the country's problems is not that we have the problems, but that we can't face them or won't--that the machinery of government and means of political change have frozen, congealed, clotted. Solutions...
Through a Glass Darkly
LIKE A GREAT baseball player's career, Meryl Streep's three decades in the movies can be depicted in a few statistics: 14 Oscar nominations, four children, one husband, zero rehabs. Her new role as Sister Aloysius, the fearsome Mother Superior of a...
Where Have All the Neocons Gone?
[breaking ranks]Having wrecked the Right, will neoconservatives revert to their left-wing origins or double down on the GOP?AS BARACK OBAMA prepares to take the inaugural oath, it almost seems otiose to note that his victory represents a sweeping repudiation...
Where Have All the Neocons Gone? Having Wrecked the Right, Will Neoconservatives Revert to Their Left-Wing Origins or Double Down on the GOP?
AS BARACK OBAMA prepares to take the inaugural oath, it almost seems otiose to note that his victory represents a sweeping repudiation of the neoconservative movement. Though neocons such as Randy Scheunemann formed a kind of Praetorian Guard around...