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. 10, No. 9, September

After Al-Qaeda
Hijackings and suicide bombings didn't start, and wont end, with Islamists.NEW PRESIDENT DECLARES VICTORY IN WAR ON TERROR- Patriot Act to be RepealedDepartment of Homeland Security for Dissolution.This will not be a headline in 2013, or anytime thereafter,...
After Al-Qaeda: Hijackings and Suicide Bombings Didn't Start, and Won't End, with Islamists
NEW PRESIDENT DECLARES VICTORY IN WAR ON TERROR--Patriot Act to be Repealed--Department of Homeland Security for Dissolution. This will not be a headline in 2013, or anytime thereafter, because by its nature the War on Terror can have no end. If...
American Idyll
The joy of burning rubber in rural MichiganEvery Labor Day weekend means memories of another "Burn Out" at the Bean Fest in Fairgrove, a rural Midwest town, population 621, halfway up Michigan's Thumb.The Burn Out is a motoring contest that tests a peelers...
American Idyll: The Joy of Burning Rubber in Rural Michigan
Every Labor Day weekend means memories of another "Burn Out" at the Bean Fest in Fairgrove, a rural Midwest town, population 621, halfway up Michigan's Thumb. The Burn Out is a motoring contest that tests a peeler's (the driver's) skill at burning...
An End to Empire
The Cold War and Long War are over-it's time to return to reality.The tide of war is receding. ... It is time to focus on nation building here at home.- President Obama, June 22Ideology makes people stupid. Employing ideology as the basis for policy...
An End to Empire: The Cold War and Long War Are Over-It's Time to Return to Reality
The tide of war is receding.... It is time to focus on nation building here at home. --President Obama, June 22 Ideology makes people stupid. Employing ideology as the basis for policy is a recipe for disaster. Surviving in a complex, uncertain...
Back to Burke
The biggest loss conservatives suffered in recent years was not the election of Barack Obama in 2008 or the defeat of the last Republican Congress in 2006. It wasn't the passage of the president's healthcare reform or nearly $1 trillion stimulus package,...
Back to Burke
The biggest loss conservatives suffered in recent years was not the election of Barack Obama in 2008 or the defeat of the last Republican Congress in 2006. It wasn't the passage of the president's healthcare reform or nearly $1 trillion stimulus package,...
Ballads of Bin Laden
How to set a terrorist to musicMusicians have long mixed politics with their recorded output. Whether it's Pulp lambasting Tony Blair's Labour Party in the impeccable "Cocaine Socialism" or the Dead Kennedys and Gil Scott-Heron with their jaundiced takes...
Ballads of Bin Laden: How to Set a Terrorist to Music
Musicians have long mixed politics with their recorded output. Whether it's Pulp lambasting Tony Blair's Labour Party in the impeccable "Cocaine Socialism" or the Dead Kennedys and Gil Scott-Heron with their jaundiced takes on Ronald Reagan, musicians'...
Dollars and Dragons
How currency manipulation destroyed American manufacturingTOKYO- In the mid 1990s, I published a book entitled Blindside: Why Japan Is Still on Track to Overtake the U.S. By the Year 2000. The prediction in the subtitle did not, as they say, pan out....
Dollars and Dragons: How Currency Manipulation Destroyed American Manufacturing
TOKYO--In the mid 1990s, I published a book entitled Blindside: Why Japan Is Still on Track to Overtake the U.S. By the Year 2000. The prediction in the subtitle did not, as they say, pan out. But it was more soundly based than casual readers of the...
Fall of Greece
Greece is a very new country, since 1830 to be exact--as old as Belgium but ten times as poor. Mind you, we Hellenes are among the oldest civilizations, having invented or perfected such bagatelles as philosophy, science, medicine, astronomy, tragedy,...
Fall of Greece
Greece is a very new country, since 1830 to be exact - as old as Belgium but ten times as poor. Mind you, we Hellenes are among the oldest civilizations, having invented or perfected such bagatelles as philosophy, science, medicine, astronomy, tragedy,...
Going Pink for Peace
Progressives are not the only ones protesting AIPACEarly on a May Sunday in Washington, a pixie-like blonde in jeans and a pink T-shirt addressed a column of well-dressed walkers through a megaphone. "I have to tell you," said Code Pink's Medea Benjamin...
Going Pink for Peace: Progressives Are Not the Only Ones Protesting AIPAC
Early on a May Sunday in Washington, a pixie-like blonde in jeans and a pink T-shirt addressed a column of well-dressed walkers through a megaphone. "I have to tell you," said Code Pink's Medea Benjamin to the men and women making their way to the...
Going to Mass
Almost a quarter of a century ago, my wife and I spent our wedding night in Salem, Massachusetts. It was not, despite my frequent and predictable jests to the contrary, an omen. Except in the sense that I was bewitched. The following day we stopped...
Grand Old Peaceniks
Will austerity turn Republicans away from war?Fairly or not, Mitt Romney's approach to national security during the 2008 presidential race can be captured by a single phrase: "Double Guantanamo." When asked about the U.S. prison camp for terror suspects,...
Grand Old Peaceniks: Will Austerity Turn Republicans Away from War?
Fairly or not, Mitt Romney's approach to national security during the 2008 presidential race can be captured by a single phrase: "Double Guantanamo." When asked about the U.S. prison camp for terror suspects, the eager-to-please former Massachusetts...
Harvard's Civil War
Historical reenactment remains a grassroots traditionSeveral men lay dead in a northern Virginia pasture. It was a hot summer morning in July. Cannons boomed in the distance. One of the dead, overcome by the heat, suddenly got up and walked toward a...
Harvard's Civil War: Historical Reenactment Remains a Grassroots Tradition
Several men lay dead in a northern Virginia pasture. It was a hot summer morning in July. Cannons boomed in the distance. One of the dead, overcome by the heat, suddenly got up and walked toward a crowd at the edge of the field. A few dozen yards away,...
House of Whim
House of Whim The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, Alan Jacobs, Oxford, 176 pagesOne of the pleasures of reading is the little resting places. Poems have stanzas; plays have scenes; novels have episodes. We can stop if we choose, take a...
Letters
DEFLATION'S DARK SIDEI suspect you will receive a vast amount of criticism for running an article by James Galbraith ("Why Not Keynes?", July 2011), but I found the discussion interesting and informative. Nevertheless, I was surprised that Robert Murphy's...
Mamet's Fatal Conceit
Mamet's Fatal Conceit The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, David Mamet, Sentinel, 241 pagesWhen David Mamet's "Why I Am No Longer a BrainDead Liberal" manifesto was published in the Village Voice in 2008, conservatives - this...
Marx's Tea Party
The populist right has forgotten an older form of class analysis.Last summer Angelo Codevilla's American Spectator essay "America's Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution" made waves in conservative circles for its compelling treatment of the minority...
Marx's Tea Party: The Populist Right Has Forgotten an Older Form of Class Analysis
Last summer Angelo Codevilla's American Spectator essay "America's Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution" made waves in conservative circles for its compelling treatment of the minority ruling class (the political elite and its partisans) versus...
Misjudging the Constitution
Misjudging the Constitution The Living Constitution, David A. Strauss, Oxford, 176 pagesUniversity of Chicago law professor David A. Strauss has written a book-length justification of wide-ranging judicial authority. The nub of his argument is that the...
No-Drama Conservative
Jon Huntsman speaks like a diplomat, but he's no moderate.HANOVER, NH- Jon Huntsman walked out of the rear door of a Dartmouth auditorium. His head swiveled as he looked for the black SUV that will take him to his next stop. He had just given a speech...
No-Drama Conservative: Jon Huntsman Speaks like a Diplomat, but He's No Moderate
HANOVER, NH--Jon Huntsman walked out of the rear door of a Dartmouth auditorium. His head swiveled as he looked for the black SUV that will take him to his next stop. He had just given a speech emphasizing his claim that the future of America will...
Obama's Downgrade
The decision by Standard & Poor's to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, for the first time, has triggered a barrage of catcalls against the umpire from the press box and Obamaites. S&P, we are reminded, was giving A ratings...
Old and Right
Civilization is, under God, the free association of free men. Man is born in a family and by nature should be fed and taught in a family until he is of an age to take on the responsibilities of parenthood. A man's true freedom is in direct proportion...
Ordinary Kooks
Ordinary Kooks Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground, Jonathan Kay, Harper, 340 pagesPeople living 100 years from now will think that we were weird.Before Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate...
Our Illiterate Infantry
Earlier this year, a Royal Marine officer back from Afghanistan wrote to me that "we are killing people for no other reason that we have no better ideas." The Military Reform Movement of the 1980s argued that for winning wars, people are most important,...
Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI Hebrew Translator, Was Arrested in May 2010 for Revealing Restricted Information Consisting of Five Reports Classified "Secret" to an Unidentified Blogger
Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI Hebrew translator, was arrested in May 2010 for revealing restricted information consisting of five reports classified "secret" to an unidentified blogger. He confessed--explaining that he had been trying to reveal illegal...
View to a Kill
Orwell's reflection on a hanging should trouble America's conscience.Eight decades ago an aspiring London author made his literary breakthrough with the publication of a powerful piece of short prose entitled "A Hanging." The writer's name? Eric Blair.Two...
View to a Kill: Orwell's Reflection on a Hanging Should Trouble America's Conscience
Eight decades ago an aspiring London author made his literary breakthrough with the publication of a powerful piece of short prose entitled "A Hanging." The writer's name? Eric Blair. Two years later Blair took a pen name in order not to embarrass...
Weighing the Evidence
Weighing the Evidence Why We Get Fat: And What to Do Aboutit, Gary Taubes, Knopf, 272 pagesThe Western world is in the midst of an obesity epidemic that has been worsening since the 1980s. Rates of related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes...