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. 11, No. 1, January

Americans Should Be Concerned about What Is Happening in Syria, If Only Because It Threatens to Become Another Undeclared War like Libya but Much, Much Worse
Americans should be concerned about what is happening in Syria, if only because it threatens to become another undeclared war like Libya but much, much worse. Calls for regime change have come from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who several weeks...
Cable's Catechism
Most American Catholics, even those who never watch the Eternal Word Television Network, have been affected by the Alabama-based channel's three-decade existence. EWTN is an outpost of mainstream, middle American Catholicism--much of it traditionalist....
Deep Background
Americans should be concerned about what is happening in Syria, if only because it threatens to become another undeclared war like Libya but much, much worse. Calls for regime change have come from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who several weeks...
Everyman's Strauss
Everyman's Strauss Richard Strauss: A Musical Life, Raymond Holden, Yale University Press, 344 pages Il The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, Charles Youmans, ed., Cambridge University Press, 338 pagesI am not a first-rate composer, I am a first-rate...
Fighting the Last (Cold) War
Fighting the Last (Cold) War American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security, Richard K. Betts, Columbia University Press, 384 pagesOld national-security habits die hard, for nations as well as for the analysts and politicians who...
Fight the Future
The politics of nostalgia is nothing to be ashamed of.The master is back. After some middling efforts in recent years, Woody Alien has once again hit the bullseye. His most recent film, "Midnight in Paris," is entertaining, extremely funny, and charming....
Fight the Future: The Politics of Nostalgia Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of
The master is back. After some middling efforts in recent years, Woody Allen has once again hit the bullseye. His most recent film, "Midnight in Paris," is entertaining, extremely funny, and charming. It also poses some very interesting questions about...
Hard Times Again
Amid the wreck of capitalism and socialism, Dickens is timelier than ever.We live in hard times, and all the indications are that they may get much, even very much, harder. No one, at any rate, would take a bet that they won't.The number of children...
Hard Times Again: Amid the Wreck of Capitalism and Socialism, Dickens Is Timelier Than Ever
We live in hard times, and all the indications are that they may get much, even very much, harder. No one, at any rate, would take a bet that they won't. The number of children in America claiming subsidized meals in school has shot up; the homeless...
High Times at Delphi
I flew to Delphi to consult with the oracle, and the old girl had a lot to say about 2012. Pythia, her real name, is getting on in years: she's around 2,500 years old. Despite her lifestyle--she smokes exotic cheroots, gets high, and then foresees...
High Times at Delphi
I flew to Delphi to consult with the oracle, and the old girl had a lot to say about 2012. Pythia, her real name, is getting on in years: she's around 2,500 years old. Despite her lifestyle - she smokes exotic cheroots, gets high, and then foresees the...
How the Mideast Was Lost
Neither dictatorship nor democracy guarantees America's interests.The upheavals that engulfed the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 seemed to blindside the Obama administration and U.S. foreign-policy community. There was no indication at all that...
How the Mideast Was Lost: Neither Dictatorship nor Democracy Guarantees America's Interests
The upheavals that engulfed the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 seemed to blindside the Obama administration and U.S. foreign-policy community. There was no indication at all that American officials anticipated the ouster of Tunisia's long-tenured...
Immigration Impasse
Does a defeat in Arizona spell doom for restrictionists?When it comes to the politics of immigration control, Arizona is ground zero. The state has passed ballot initiatives affirming English as the official language and requiring proof of legal residency...
Immigration Impasse: Does a Defeat in Arizona Spell Doom for Restrictionists?
When it comes to the politics of immigration control, Arizona is ground zero. The state has passed ballot initiatives affirming English as the official language and requiring proof of legal residency for voting. In 2008, Arizonans soundly defeated...
Just My Type
Vast lacunae dapple the landscape of my knowledge. As Sam Cooke sang, "Don't know much about..." Well, the list is as long as Sam's life was brief. My nescience extends into neuroscience, jai alai, the novels of Anna Quindlen and William F. Buckley,...
Kennan's Opposite
Kennan's OppositeJohn Lewis Gaddis wrote the book on containment's architectbut he didn't follow it.The premier Cold War historian first met the premier Cold War diplomat in 1974. Then a very junior professor at Ohio University, John Lewis Gaddis asked...
Kennan's Opposite: John Lewis Gaddis Wrote the Book on Containment's Architect-But He Didn't Follow It
The premier Cold War historian first met the premier Cold War diplomat in 1974. Then a very junior professor at Ohio University, John Lewis Gaddis asked the already iconic George Frost Kennan if he could interview the former policy planner and ambassador...
Labor Pains
Labor Pains Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America, Joseph A. McCartin, Oxford University Press, 504 pagesIn his speech on American exceptionalism at the Reagan Library, New Jersey Gov. Chris...
Letters
ONE TYROL, INDIVISIBLEPeter Hitchenss "Borderline Delight" (October 2011) brought back memories of my own travels in East Germany before the change and to the border dividing the two Koreas. How bizarre it was on the bus from Seoul to Panmunjon to be...
Money's Masterminds
Money's Masterminds Money in a Free Society: Keynes, Friedman, and the New Crisis in Capitalism, Tim Congdon, Encounter, 486 pagesTim Congdon's new set of essays could not arrive at a better time. The global economic crisis has exposed serious flaws...
New Model Army
Our tour d'horizon of what America's armed forces should look like with a tightly controlled defense budget comes next to the Army. Just as our geography dictates we be a maritime power, so it promises we need not be a land power. We do not and will...
Patent Nonsense
Intellectual property enforces a monopoly over the mind.Staunch advocates of private property might be expected to support "intellectual property rights" - patents and copyrights - but these days that expectation is more than likely to be wrong. IP has...
Patent Nonsense: Intellectual Property Enforces a Monopoly over the Mind
Staunch advocates of private property might be expected to support "intellectual property rights"--patents and copyrights--but these days that expectation is more than likely to be wrong. IP has come in for a thrashing from libertarians, among others,...
People of the Book
Henry Regnery's father had some advice for his soon-to-be publisher son: "If you ever begin to make any money in that business you are going into, you can be pretty sure that you are publishing the wrong kind of books." Henry agreed. "It seemed...
People of the Book
Henry Regnery's father had some advice for his soon-to-be publisher son: "If you ever begin to make any money in that business you are going into, you can be pretty sure that you are publishing the wrong kind of books."Henry agreed. "It seemed to me...
Postmodern Burke
Postmodern Burke Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics, William F. Byrne, Northern Illinois University Press, 227 pagesEdmund Burke occupies a premier place in American conservative thought. Russell Kirk's foundational 1953...
Provoking Pearl Harbor
On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan. A day earlier, at dawn, carrier-based Japanese aircraft had launched a sneak attack devastating the U.S. battle fleet at...
Revenge of the Nerd
It's Ray Bradbury's future - we're just living in it.Ray Bradbury would have made a great "Revenge of the Nerds" character alongside Gilbert, Lewis, Poindexter, Wormser, and Lámar Latrell, had he not been such a caricature. A four-eyed, zit-faced, bully...
Revenge of the Nerd: It's Ray Bradbury's Future-We're Just Living in It
Ray Bradbury would have made a great "Revenge of the Nerds" character alongside Gilbert, Lewis, Poindexter, Wormser, and Lamar Latrell, had he not been such a caricature. A four-eyed, zit-faced, bully bull's-eye gliding through Los Angeles on steel-wheeled...
Ron Paul's Secret Weapon
The Free State Project flexes its muscles in New Hampshire.By mid-December Ron Paul was polling an average of 16 percent in New Hampshire, compared to 9.8 percent nationally. The Texas congressman had invested considerable campaign resources in the nation's...
Ron Paul's Secret Weapon: The Free State Project Flexes Its Muscles in New Hampshire
By mid-December Ron Paul was polling an average of 16 percent in New Hampshire, compared to 9.8 percent nationally. The Texas congressman had invested considerable campaign resources in the nation's first presidential primary contest, but there was...
Speak No Evil
Is it brave not to talk about death?Throughout her 19-month fight against lung cancer, my younger sister Ruthie was a model of Christian faith and courage. Friends, family, neighbors, even strangers - all of us marveled at her steadiness, fidelity, and...
Speak No Evil: Is It Brave Not to Talk about Death?
Throughout her 19-month fight against lung cancer, my younger sister Ruthie was a model of Christian faith and courage. Friends, family, neighbors, even strangers--all of us marveled at her steadiness, fidelity, and good cheer. It was like that from...
Unpatriotic Act
Indefinite military detention comes to the homefront.Don't look now, but America might have taken one step closer to that "Orwellian state" everyone's always talking about.In December, the Senate voted 93 to 7 for the massive National Defense Authorization...
Unpatriotic Act: Indefinite Military Detention Comes to the Homefront
Don't look now, but America might have taken one step closer to that "Orwellian state" everyone's always talking about. In December, the Senate voted 93 to 7 for the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), buried in which are provisions...
Who Needs a Ph.D.?
Who Needs a Ph.D.? Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America, Daniel J. Flynn, ISI Books, 224 pagesDaniel Flynn's thought-provoking book examines a few well-known thinkers: Will and Ariel Durant, co-authors of...