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. 9, No. 6, June

Before We Bomb
"Diplomacy has failed," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told AIPAC. "Iran is on the verge of becoming nuclear and we cannot afford that." "We have to contemplate the final option," said Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), "the use of force to prevent Iran from...
Better Red
When public whim overtakes established order, authority turns arbitrary.EVERYONE'S WORST FEARS for America are coming true. The traditional Left sees increasing inequality and falling real wages for workers. The libertarian Right grows alarmed at the...
Better Red: When Public Whim Overtakes Established Order, Authority Turns Arbitrary
EVERYONE'S WORST FEARS for America are coming true. The traditional Left sees increasing inequality and falling real wages for workers. The libertarian Right grows alarmed at the federal government's ever heavier hand in the economy--from bailouts...
Cultured Conservatism
Why aesthetics is at least as important as politicsIn the literary journal Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, Gregory Wolfe presents the essays, poems, criticism, paintings, and photographs of a wide variety of religiously informed writers and artists - too...
Cultured Conservatism: Why Aesthetics Is at Least as Important as Politics
In the literary journal Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, Gregory Wolfe presents the essays, poems, criticism, paintings, and photographs of a wide variety of religiously informed writers and artists--too wide a variety, for many conservatives. Annie Dillard,...
Deep Background
The National Intelligence Estimate is the supreme analytical document produced for Washington policymakers, reflecting the consensus of the 16 separate agencies that make up the intelligence community. NIEs can address a country, a topic such as drug...
Divestment Diversion
Boycotting Israel will not foster peace.FORMER PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter's blockbuster book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid introduced the South Africa analogy into the discussion of the IsraelPalestine conflict. Not surprisingly, the comparison proved controversial....
Divestment Diversion: Boycotting Israel Will Not Foster Peace
FORMER PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter's blockbuster book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid introduced the South Africa analogy into the discussion of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Not surprisingly, the comparison proved controversial. Even the generally balanced...
How Liberals Kill
Harold Koh learns to love bomb power.AT THE END OF MARCH, Harold Koh, top lawyer at the State Department, used his keynote address at the annual confab of the American Society for International Law to make an announcement: the use of Unmanned Aerial...
How Liberals Kill: Harold Koh Learns to Love Bomb Power
AT THE END OF MARCH, Harold Koh, top lawyer at the State Department, used his keynote address at the annual confab of the American Society for International Law to make an announcement: the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to kill suspected terrorists...
Millions of McVeighs?
Introducing a documentary marking the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Rachel Maddow noted, "Nine years after his execution, we are left worrying that Timothy McVeigh's voice from the grave echoes in a new rising tide of American anti-government...
MILLIONS OF McVEIGHS?
[PROTEST]Introducing a documentary marking the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Rachel Maddow noted, "Nine years after his execution, we are left worrying that Timothy McVeigh's voice from the grave echoes in a new rising tide of American anti-government...
Myth of a Catholic Crisis
The truth about "pedophile priests"IS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH a cover for the world's largest criminal sex ring? Over the past few months, a steady stream of news stories seems to have confirmed the bleakest possible vision of global conspiracy, the...
Myth of a Catholic Crisis: The Truth about "Pedophile Priests"
IS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH a cover for the world's largest criminal sex ring? Over the past few months, a steady stream of news stories seems to have confirmed the bleakest possible vision of global conspiracy, the most extreme claims of anticlerical...
Plum Crazy
It is 35 years since P.G. Wodehouse died, and his reputation is as secure as ever. There was a time, however, about 70 years ago, when some really rather powerful people in my country--among them Quintin Hogg, a future Lord Chancellor--thought Wodehouse...
Rapping with the Chairman
The American Conservative's Chase Madar caught up with the embattled Republican National Committee chairman as he flew to Pebble Beach to promote his new book, fulfill speaking engagements, and raise money. Michael Steele: I think it should absolutely...
Rapping with the Chairman
The American Conservative's Chase Mador caught up with the embattled Republican National Committee chairman as he flew to Pebble Beach to promote his new book, fulfill speaking engagements, and raise money.Michael Steele: I think it should absolutely...
Shattered Society
[still bowling alone]Liberalism, Right and Left, has made lonely serfs of us all. Does the Red Tory tradition offer a remedy?In February 2009, British philosopher Phillip Blond's essay "Rise of the Red Tories, "published in London's Prospect magazine,...
Shattered Society: Liberalism, Right and Left, Has Made Lonely Serfs of Us All. Does the Red Tory Tradition Offer a Remedy?
In February 2009, British philosopher Phillip Blond's essay "Rise of the Red Tories," published in London's Prospect magazine, sparked a transatlantic discussion about the failure of politics, both Left and Right, to address our most pressing social...
Song of the South
Collin Wilcox died last October, just as I was about to settle in for an annual viewing of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Wilcox was the North Carolina actress whose surly white-trash ejaculation Gregory Peckwards--"A chiffarobe!"--is one of several lines...
Spiritual Capitalism
Envy and social engineering, not the market, are to blame for our malaise.LIKE TALES ABOUT VAMPIRES who keep coming back, claims that liberalism destroys society never seem to die. From John Ruskin and Karl Marx to Robert Bellah and Phillip Blond, the...
Spiritual Capitalism: Envy and Social Engineering, Not the Market, Are to Blame for Our Malaise
LIKE TALES ABOUT VAMPIRES who keep coming back, claims that liberalism destroys society never seem to die. From John Ruskin and Karl Marx to Robert Bellah and Phillip Blond, the critics of Mill-style liberalism have accused it of atomizing society....
Stalin's Favorite Dissident
[The White Guard, directed by Howard Davies, Royal National Theatre, London] BACK IN THE 1930s, after Stalin had finished starving the Ukrainians into submission, was in the midst of slaughtering the kulaks, and was getting ready to murder his own...
Thailand Runs Red
Demonstrators claiming democracy's mantle threaten the centuries of stability monarchy has provided.STANDING ON BANGKOK'S Sukhumvit Road last month, I watched the cavalcade of Red Shirt demonstrators on their way to dump hundreds of gallons of blood...
Thailand Runs Red: Demonstrators Claiming Democracy's Mantle Threaten the Centuries of Stability Monarchy Has Provided
STANDING ON BANGKOK'S Sukhumvit Road last month, I watched the cavalcade of Red Shirt demonstrators on their way to dump hundreds of gallons of blood at the entrance to the prime minister's home. Aside from a few pedestrians who watched with transparent...
The Revolution Will Be Televised
Poor David Cameron. The Conservative Party leader seemed set to become Britain's next prime minister--and that may still happen. But at this writing, the UK elections scheduled for May 6 have been thrown into a whirl by surging support for a third...
The Revolution Will Be Televised
[POLITICS]Poor David Cameron. The Conservative Party leader seemed set to become Britain's next prime minister - and that may still happen. But at this writing, the UK elections scheduled for May 6 have been thrown into a whirl by surging support for...
The Trouble with T-Bills
How our last export industry might bankrupt usKEYNESIANS CEASELESSLY claim that huge deficits are not just necessary to reboot the economy, they are essentially harmless. And the bond market's acceptance of 2009's unprecedented deficit of $1.4 trillion...
The Trouble with T-Bills: How Our Last Export Industry Might Bankrupt Us
KEYNESIANS CEASELESSLY claim that huge deficits are not just necessary to reboot the economy, they are essentially harmless. And the bond market's acceptance of 2009's unprecedented deficit of $1.4 trillion seems to justify their complacency. Indeed,...
The Virtuous Liberal
William Gladstone's politics of prudenceBENJAMIN DISRAELI is back in fashion. The dapper Earl of Beaconsfield, twice prime minister under Queen Victoria, makes a comeback whenever conservatives of a certain bent - toward "national greatness" rather than...
The Virtuous Liberal: William Gladstone's Politics of Prudence
BENJAMIN DISRAELI is back in fashion. The dapper Earl of Beaconsfield, twice prime minister under Queen Victoria, makes a comeback whenever conservatives of a certain bent--toward "national greatness" rather than "limited government"--go hunting for...
Ticket to Utopia
Dreams of cultural renaissance inspire, but conservatives must reside in reality.PHILLIP BLOND'S diagnosis of the pathologies of our age is as perceptive and piercing as any that I have yet encountered. He follows in a long tradition of independent thinkers...
Ticket to Utopia: Dreams of Cultural Renaissance Inspire, but Conservatives Must Reside in Reality
PHILLIP BLOND'S diagnosis of the pathologies of our age is as perceptive and piercing as any that I have yet encountered. He follows in a long tradition of independent thinkers willing to break with party--or at least to bend his relationship to it--by...