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. 7, July

Alexander Cockburn
Unlike the; French or the Italians, for whom conspiracies are an integral part of government activity, acknowledged by all, Americans have been temperamentally prone to discount them. Reflecting its audience, the press follows suit. Editors and reporters...
Andrew J. Bacevich
At the very center of the town common here in Walpole, Massachusetts, as throughout much of New England, stands a very imposing flagpole. Just below Old Glory flies the POW/MIA flag, an artifact of the Vietnam War. The inscription declares "You Are...
A Winning Rand
Rand Paul is not heading to Washington just yet. First the Kentucky Republican Senate candidate must face off against the Democratic contender, Attorney General Jack Conway, in November. But already Tea Party activists, antiwar conservatives, and libertarians...
A Winning Rand
[ELECTION]Rand Paul is not heading to Washington just yet. First the Kentucky Republican Senate candidate must face off against the Democratic contender, Attorney General Jack Conway, in November. But already Tea Party activists, antiwar conservatives,...
Boy George
Exclusive excerpts from the former First Lady's new book, Spoken from the HeartWORKING AS A LIBRARIAN in Midland was never dull. Far from it! One blustery spring day a boy walked in with an agitated step and a runny nose.I asked if he was looking for...
Don't Blame Fascism
Neocons misuse the f-word.BEHIND GLENN BECK loomed the faces of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, and the American progressive John Dewey. The host gestured to the photos as he revealed the common link to Fox viewers:...
Don't Blame Fascism: Neocons Misuse the F-Word
BEHIND GLENN BECK loomed the faces of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, and the American progressive John Dewey. The host gestured to the photos as he revealed the common link to Fox viewers: all favored state...
Gareth Porter
Sydney Schanberg has an illustrious journalistic career going back to the Vietnam War. But in peddling the story of an alleged high-level cover-up of U.S. prisoners of war said to have been left behind after the war, he has inexplicably swallowed one...
Golfer in Chief
The best thing about Obama is the time he spends on the links."IKE'S NOT A COMMUNIST, he's a golfer." The quip comes from paleoconservative sage Russell Kirk, when asked about John Birch Society chief Robert Welch's charge that President Eisenhower was...
Golfer in Chief: The Best Thing about Obama Is the Time He Spends on the Links
"IKE'S NOT A COMMUNIST, he's a golfer." The quip comes from paleoconservative sage Russell Kirk, when asked about John Birch Society chief Robert Welch's charge that President Eisenhower was a Communist agent. Ike wasn't the only Red in Welch's sights....
John LeBoutillier
The POW issue was born during the Watergate scandal. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger knew Hanoi was secretly keeping American prisoners, but in the spring of 1973, they were in no position to get a Democratic Congress to pay ransom to North Vietnam....
McCain and the POW Cover-Up
The "war hero" candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.JOHN MCCAIN, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information...
McCain and the POW Cover-Up: The "War Hero" Candidate Buried Information about POWs Left Behind in Vietnam
JOHN MCCAIN, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn't return home. Throughout...
McCain's Last Battle
The maverick tries to remake himself as a conservative.THE SCENE OPENS with two men walking down a long dirt road in Nogales, Arizona, near the Mexican border. The camera pans to John McCain, clad in a leather jacket and wearing a Navy baseball cap....
McCain's Last Battle: The Maverick Tries to Remake Himself as a Conservative
THE SCENE OPENS with two men walking down a long dirt road in Nogales, Arizona, near the Mexican border. The camera pans to John McCain, clad in a leather jacket and wearing a Navy baseball cap. McCain begins to enumerate the social disorders afflicting...
People of the Book
Why do libertarians produce better literature than conservatives?AFTER GIFTING US with such lists as the top 50 conservative rock songs, this year National Review offered, under die guidance of political reporter John J. Miller, the "Ten Great Conservative...
People of the Book: Why Do Libertarians Produce Better Literature Than Conservatives?
AFTER GIFTING US with such lists as the top 50 conservative rock songs, this year National Review offered, under the guidance of political reporter John J. Miller, the "Ten Great Conservative Novels" of the postwar era. Miller is a literature buff...
Peter Richardson
How could Sydney Schanberg's story on Vietnam POWs appear in The Nationand then vanish in the mainstream media? A clue, I think, appears in the memoir of former Nation editor Carey McWilliams. In 1960, McWilliams learned that La Hora, a leading...
PIGS Crash to Earth
AMONG THE MEGA-FORCES moving the tectonic plates and imperiling the nation-states of the world from above and below are these: First, ethno-nationalism, which threatens nations with secession and break-up. We see it with the Uighurs of China, the...
Silent Treatment
My four-decade fight to report the truthFROM THE BEGINNING, nearly 40 years ago, the evidence was in plain sight. For reasons unexplained, however, the mainstream press did not acknowledge it and has continued to ignore it to this day.I'm referring to...
Silent Treatment: My Four-Decade Fight to Report the Truth
FROM THE BEGINNING, nearly 40 years ago, the evidence was in plain sight. For reasons unexplained, however, the mainstream press did not acknowledge it and has continued to ignore it to this day. I'm referring to the evidence that North Vietnam--after...
States' Fights
Nullification makes a comeback-and not just on the Right.JOHN C. CALHOUN IS BACK with a vengeance, warming the hearts of Old South romantics while chilling the blood of modern liberals. He conjures up images both appealing and appalling: old-fashioned...
States' Fights: Nullification Makes a Comeback-And Not Just on the Right
JOHN C. CALHOUN IS BACK with a vengeance, warming the hearts of Old South romantics while chilling the blood of modern liberals. He conjures up images both appealing and appalling: old-fashioned patriotism, partisan demagoguery, genuine fears, love...
St. Dennis of the Bleachers
Opening day for the Batavia Muckdogs approaches and with it the resumption of a long, leisurely, blissful conversation in which living and dead participate. (Alas, the dead sometimes play third base or catch for our team.) I feel intensely the presence...
St. Dennis of the Bleachers
Opening day for the Batavia Muckdogs approaches and with it the resumption of a long, leisurely, blissful conversation in which living and dead participate.(Alas, the dead sometimes play third base or catch for our team.)I feel intensely the presence...
Taking the Fifth
When defending torture, neocons always reach for the ticking time bomb. Just like the movies, there's a red wire and a blue wire and a digital display ominously counting down. The bomb is hidden in a crowded metropolitan area; sometimes a school if...
Taking the Fifth
[LIBERTIES]When defending torture, neocons always reach for the ticking time bomb. Just like the movies, there's a red wire and a blue wire and a digital display ominously counting down. The bomb is hidden in a crowded metropolitan area; sometimes a...
Two Cheers for Cameron
My oldest boy is a gardener and writer and an arts-and-crafts, pre-Raphaelite, Keir Hardy, Dorothy Day conservative socialist or, depending on mood and season, radical traditionalist. He does not like town. He does not like chain stores. He never goes...
Was Rambo Right?
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government - and our media.IN THE CLOSING DAYS of the 2008 presidential campaign, I clicked an ambiguous link on an obscure website and stumbled into a parallel universe.During...
Was Rambo Right? Hundreds of POWs May Have Been Left to Die in Vietnam, Abandoned by Their Government-And Our Media
IN THE CLOSING DAYS of the 2008 presidential campaign, I clicked an ambiguous link on an obscure website and stumbled into a parallel universe. During the previous two years of that long election cycle, the media narrative surrounding Sen. John...