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. 7, No. 24, December 15

American Omen
Garet Garrett knew where FDR's policies-and Bush's-would lead.IN AN AMERICA in which a Republican administration has nationalized the financial sector and both Left and Right call on the government to save them, the authentic conservative is a stranger...
American Omen: Knew Where FDR's Policies-And Bush's-Would Lead
IN AN AMERICA in which a Republican administration has nationalized the financial sector and both Left and Right call on the government to save them, the authentic conservative is a stranger in his own country. The old signposts are missing, and...
A Surge of Skepticism
WAR IS THE MOST COMPLEX of all man's activities, calling forth his full physical, mental, and moral powers. This renders determining cause and effect challenging. Did the North win the Civil War because of better generalship? J.F.C. Fuller argues that...
A Surge of Skepticism: What Failed in Iraq Won't Prevail in Afghanistan
WAR IS THE MOST COMPLEX of all man's activities, calling forth his full physical, mental, and moral powers. This renders determining cause and effect challenging. Did the North win the Civil War because of better generalship? J.F.C. Fuller argues...
Back in the U.S.S.A
BARACK OBAMA and George W. Bush seem to have come away from their study of the Great Depression with similar conclusions. To wit: after the Crash of 1929, the Federal Reserve did not move fast enough to save the banks and inject cash into the...
Borrowed Time
It's official--according to the National Bureau of Economic Advisers, the United States is in recession and has been since December 2007. That puts the current downturn on pace to surpass the 16-month recessions in 1981-82 and 1973-75 as the longest...
Borrowed Time
[ECONOMY]It's official - according to the National Bureau of Economic Advisers, the United States is in recession and has been since December 2007. That puts the current downturn on pace to surpass the 16-month recessions in 1981-82 and 1973-75 as the...
Centralist American
[Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution--and What It Means for America Today, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Crown Forum, 256 Pages] "WE PRACTICE HAMILTON from January 1 to July 3 every year," the historian James...
Cowboy and Indians
President Bush could yet fulfill his liberation fantasy. The secret is to start small.THE ROUND REJECTION of John McCain indicates that George W. Bush's nation-building fell far short of the Sharansky ideal. The prospects for christening the Shining...
Cowboy and Indians: President Bush Could Yet Fulfill His Liberation Fantasy. the Secret Is to Start Small
THE ROUND REJECTION of John McCain indicates that George W. Bush's nation-building fell far short of the Sharansky ideal. The prospects for christening the Shining City on the Hindu Kush by Jan. 20, 2009--or Jan. 20 of any year--seem less than promising....
Deep Background
If the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States is not further modified or rejected by referendum, it will require a pullout of U.S. brees from Iraq by 2011. For those like Sen. John McCain who have been arguing that the U.S. must...
Global Guidance Counsellors
Anyone who expected nation-building to go the way of the Bush administration misunderstands Barack Obama. The democracy crusade continues, perhaps not at gunpoint but well beyond Mesopotamia. In announcing his foreign-policy team, Obama said,...
Global Guidance Counsellors
[POLITICS]Anyone who expected nation-building to go the way of the Bush adirunistration misunderstands Barack Obama. The democracy crusade continues, perhaps not at gunpoint but well beyond MesopotamiaIn announcing his foreign-policy team, Obama said,...
Goldwater Standard
I sent my first paycheck as a bagboy at the A&P grocery store--$19 and some odd cents--as a contribution to the Barry Goldwater campaign. That was the summer of 1964, and I was just getting ready to start my senior year in high school. That...
If the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States Is Not Further Modified or Rejected by Referendum, It Will Require a Pullout of U.S. Forces from Iraq by 2011
If the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States is not further modified or rejected by referendum, it will require a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq by 2011. For those like Sen. John McCain who have been arguing that the U.S....
Manchester Disunited
Ten days after that space in time occupied by the triumph of the placeless Obama over the even more placeless McCain, 55 delegates, observers, and persons of interest to the Department of Homeland Security gathered at the downtown Radisson in Manchester,...
Meet the Old Boss
"It is my belief that it is neither in the interest of our party or the advancement of our conservative principles to simply affirm the status quo by acclamation in light of what happened on November 4th." So said Rep. Dan Lungren of California...
Mom, Apple Pie, and Hyundai?
The auto industry has been a bulwark of the American middle class. If Wall Street warrants a bailout, why not Detroit?IN THOSE HAPPY DAYS of the 1950s, my friends and I anxiously awaited the moment when the local auto dealers began displaying their new...
Mom, Apple Pie, and Hyundai? the Auto Industry Has Been a Bulwark of the American Middle Class. If Wall Street Warrants a Bailout, Why Not Detroit?
IN THOSE HAPPY DAYS of the 1950s, my friends and I anxiously awaited the moment when the local auto dealers began displaying their new car models. My uncle was a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer, and we always began our tours there. Then we would go from...
Off Base
Is the future of the GOP Scots-Irish or Indian-American?SAMUEL "JOE" WURZELBACHER didn't plan on becoming famous. Or getting a book deal. Or being offered a Nashville recording contract. When Barack Obama came to his Holland, Ohio neighborhood during...
Off Base: Is the Future of the GOP Scots-Irish or Indian-American?
SAMUEL "JOE" WURZELBACHER didn't plan on becoming famous. Or getting a book deal. Or being offered a Nashville recording contract. When Barack Obama came to his Holland, Ohio neighborhood during the fall campaign, Wurzelbacher simply asked the candidate...
The Spirit of '76
Welcome back, CarterHISTORICAL ANALOGIES have been much in vogue since this election. Are we living at the end of 1932, preparing to face the glories and disasters of a revived New Deal? Or are we in a mirrorimage 1980, the beginning of an era of liberal...
The Spirit of '76: Welcome Back, Carter
HISTORICAL ANALOGIES have been much in vogue since this election. Are we living at the end of 1932, preparing to face the glories and disasters of a revived New Deal? Or are we in a mirror-image 1980, the beginning of an era of liberal dominance,...
Too Big Not to Fail
THE PREFAB national epic "Australia," a sprawling romance set in the desolate Northern Territory during World War II, represents a risky change in subject and style for Baz Luhrmann, one of this era's most distinctive directors. Luhrmann might...
When Did They Know It?
I have been reading Gary Brecher for years, and think very well of him. In his latest essay (Nov. 17), however, he goes a little off his game. I hope I don't have to spend the rest of my life hearing people say things like: "they [Bush's neocon...
Withered Conservatism
Conservatives bicker about spending and abortion but refuse to face the real cause of the Republican rout.AFTER TWO DEVASTATING election cycles for the GOP, conservatives were expected to "rethink" their movement. Signs of dissent and disintegration...
Withered Conservatism: Conservatives Bicker about Spending and Abortion but Refuse to Face the Real Cause of the Republican Rout
AFTER TWO DEVASTATING election cycles for the GOP, conservatives were expected to "rethink" their movement. Signs of dissent and disintegration among the Right were everywhere in the months leading up to the election. New York Times columnist David...