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. 14, November

Basque in It
I have never really given a damn about my own mongrel ethnicity--I care about place, not race--and besides, there are many mysteries to which I don't particularly want to know the answer. I heed Dr. Zaius's advice to Charlton Heston in "Planet of the...
Blame Ron Paul First
Dana Goldstein of The Daily Beast calls this summer's grassroots protests "The Revenge of Ron Paul's Army." "Three-quarters of the way through 2009, it is fringy Ron Paul, more so than John McCain ... whose ideology is setting the conservative agenda....
Blame Ron Paul First
[MEDIA]Dana Goldstein of The Daily Beast calls this summer's grassroots protests "The Revenge of Ron Paul's Army." "Threequarters of the way through 2009, it is fringy Ron Paul, more so than John McCain . . . whose ideology is setting the conservative...
Cultivating Freedom
Joel Salatiti practices ethical animal husbandry-no thanks to the feds.JOEL SALATIN calls Abraham Lincoln our "worst president," not because he destroyed states' rights or Southern identity, but because he created the United States Department of Agriculture....
Cultivating Freedom: Joel Salatin Practices Ethical Animal Husbandry-No Thanks to the Feds
JOEL SALATIN calls Abraham Lincoln our "worst president," not because he destroyed states' rights or Southern identity, but because he created the United States Department of Agriculture. "There is not another agency that has been so successful at...
Death Throws
The demise of sports journalismGRANTLAND RICE'S famed paragraph is still cited as a model of the sportswriter's art:Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction...
Death Throws: The Demise of Sports Journalism
GRANTLAND RICE'S famed paragraph is still cited as a model of the sportswriter's art: Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death....
Deformed Conservatism
David Brooks rebrands the failed philosophy of George W Bush.WRITING A WEEK after the 2008 presidential election, New York Times columnist David Brooks tried to handicap the "fight over the future of conservatism." It would be a battle between "traditionalists,"...
Deformed Conservatism: David Brooks Rebrands the Failed Philosophy of George W. Bush
WRITING A WEEK after the 2008 presidential election, New York Times columnist David Brooks tried to handicap the "fight over the future of conservatism." It would be a battle between "traditionalists," who want to "Cut government, cut taxes, restrict...
Five Faces of Jerry Brown
Which incarnation is eyeing California's top job (again)?OFFICIALLY, Jerry Brown isn't a candidate in California's budding gubernatorial campaign. Unofficially, he's widely expected to take the Democratic nomination and has a good shot at prevailing...
Five Faces of Jerry Brown: Which Incarnation Is Eyeing California's Top Job (Again)?
OFFICIALLY, Jerry Brown isn't a candidate in California's budding gubernatorial campaign. Unofficially, he's widely expected to take the Democratic nomination and has a good shot at prevailing in the general election. If he wins, he'll be reclaiming...
It's All Greek to Me
Bringing Athens to AfricaThe American Conservative would like to apologize for the rough treatment we gave Victor Davis Hanson in our Dec. 19, 2005 issue, in which our reviewer panned his retelling of the Peloponnesian Wars as "confused, " "thoughtless,...
It's All Greek to Me: Bringing Athens to Africa
The American Conservative would like to apologize for the rough treatment we gave Victor Davis Hanson in our Dec. 19, 2005 issue, in which our reviewer panned his retelling of the Peloponnesian Wars as "confused," "thoughtless," and "a wild ego trip."...
Malcom X Marks the Spot
The late punk frontman Lux Interior insisted, "The way I walk is just the way I walk." But on a September afternoon in Malcolm X Park, the way you walk is autobiography--with all the carefully hedged half-truths, unstated cultural assumptions, and...
Mobile Homeless
America's professional gypsiesJIM LINK was paying his way through Texas A&M tending bar. Darker than Kathy Kessler and two inches taller, he was serving drinks on the patio of a student pub. She thought him a goofball and younger than she, though...
Mobile Homeless: America's Professional Gypsies
JIM LINK was paying his way through Texas A&M tending bar. Darker than Kathy Kessler and two inches taller, he was serving drinks on the patio of a student pub. She thought him a goofball and younger than she, though he was seven months older....
No Easy Money
The case for raising interest ratesHERE'S THE RECIPE for endless prosperity, central planning version: start with a little inflation to plump up asset values, encourage spending and make debt easier to pay off in the future, then add in declining interest...
No Easy Money: The Case for Raising Interest Rates
HERE'S THE RECIPE for endless prosperity, central planning version: start with a little inflation to plump up asset values, encourage spending and make debt easier to pay off in the future, then add in declining interest rates to encourage expansion...
Once More with Feeling
It has become an American rite, as expected as fireworks on the Fourth, for a public figure caught acting like himself to apologize. Then to apologize again. And perhaps again, each time piling on more abject adjectives. If the mass mood doesn't relent,...
Once More with Feeling
[CULTURE]It has become an American rite, as expected as fireworks on the Fourth, for a public figure caught acting like himself to apologize. Then to apologize again. And perhaps again, each time piling on more abject adjectives. If the mass mood doesn't...
Right Life
Before William F. Buckley Jr. shaped American conservatism, the Mexican frontier shaped his father's creed.FATHER'S FIRST MEETING with Pancho Villa took place when he was riding a railroad train on a mission to deliver the payroll of a big U.S. company....
Right Life: Before William F. Buckley Jr. Shaped American Conservatism, the Mexican Frontier Shaped His Father's Creed
FATHER'S FIRST MEETING with Pancho Villa took place when he was riding a railroad train on a mission to deliver the payroll of a big U.S. company. Dust, coal smoke, and cinders blew in through the open windows, stinging eyes and covering the passengers....
Shopped Out
The changing face of American retailGLEN BURNIE, MD. - Harundale Plaza does not look like the kind of place where a revolution occurred. For starters, it's now a strip mall, and not a particularly high-end one. There's a grocery store, a post office,...
Shopped Out: The Changing Face of American Retail
GLEN BURNIE, MD. -- Harundale Plaza does not look like the kind of place where a revolution occurred. For starters, it's now a strip mall, and not a particularly high-end one. There's a grocery store, a post office, a tanning salon, and a Burlington...
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Just when you thought your spirits couldn't sink any lower, along comes Sony with a box set of Monty Python romps--"Celebrating 400 Years of Monty Python"--to mark the 40th anniversary of what publicity monkeys like to call the "ground-breaking" TV...
The Taliban's Toll
How American taxpayer dollars are being used to fund our Afghan enemiesFORGET OPIUM POPPIES foramoment. The Taliban has another huge source of revenue, worth up to $1 billion a year, which generously supplements its heroin-trafficking income and the...
The Taliban's Toll: How American Taxpayer Dollars Are Being Used to Fund Our Afghan Enemies
FORGET OPIUM POPPIES for a moment. The Taliban has another huge source of revenue, worth up to $1 billion a year, which generously supplements its heroin-trafficking income and the cash-flow from rich oil sheiks in the Persian Gulf. This money comes...
Tired Out
Down at the Chinese outlet store in Albany known as Wal-Mart, Chinese tires have so successfully undercut U.S.-made tires that the Cooper Tire factory in that south Georgia town had to shut down. Twenty-one hundred Georgians lost their jobs. How...
Vote against the Other Guy
Congressional Republicans lost over 40 seats between 2006 and 2008, a clear repudiation of the Bush years. But now Democrats, who won their majority on the back of Karl Rove's party-building efforts--which party was he trying to build, exactly?--are...
Vote against the Other Guy
[POLITICS]Congressional Republicans lost over 40 seats between 2006 and 2008, a clear repudiation of the Bush years. But now Democrats, who won their majority on the back of Karl Rove's party-building efforts - which party was he trying to build, exactly?...
Who's Afraid of Sibel Edmonds?
[spies, lies, and audiotape]The gagged whistleblower goes on the record.SIBEL EDMONDS has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part ofherjob was to translate and transcribe recordings of...
Who's Afraid of Sibel Edmonds? the Gagged Whistleblower Goes on the Record
SIBEL EDMONDS has a story to tell. She went to work as a Turkish and Farsi translator for the FBI five days after 9/11. Part of her job was to translate and transcribe recordings of conversations between suspected Turkish intelligence agents and their...