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. 8, No. 8, April 2

Bibi's First War
[WORLD]Asked by Wolf Blitzer, "How worried are you that the new government of Israel, under Prime Minister Netanyahu, will launch a strike to take out Iran's nuclear facilities?" Vice President Joe Biden replied, "I don't believe that Prime Minister...
Deep Background
White House approval of a surge in Afghanistan appears to be part of a strategy to stabilize the country before disengaging. While the nation-building agenda is unrealistic and likely unattainable, a security framework to facilitate the kind of limited...
Depression Factory
FOR THE FINANCIAL CRISIS that has wiped out trillions in wealth, many have felt the lash of public outrage.Fannie and Freddie. The idiot bankers. The AIG bonus babies. The Bush Republicans and Barney Frank Democrats who bullied banks into making mortgages...
Keynesian Cons
Much as the supply-siders rail against economic stimulus, they buy the basic argument.KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS is back. Government spending to stimulate the economy is all the rage and has won the day in Congress. Of course, conservatives are uneasy. "It's...
Neoconned Again
Discredited under Bush, the superhawks reunite for Obama.AFTER SUCCESSIVE elections unseated the Republican majority and sent John McCain to defeat, neoconservatism seemed like a spent force. Francis Fukuyama wrote wistfully about life "After Neoconservatism"...
Old and Right
From the earliest days of its history, there is a deep layer of Messianic consciousness in the mind of America We never dreamed that we would have as much political power as we possess today; nor for that matter did we anticipate that the most powerful...
Peace Out
With Obama in office, liberals learn to love war.THE ANTIWAR RALLY at the University of Iowa was sparsely attended. The below 30 degree weather might have had something to do with it, but Paul Street, a local writer and one of the speakers, had another...
President of Everything
[absolute power]Much as he complained about his predecessor's imperial reach, from cars to companies nothing eludes Barack Obama's grasp.IN DECEMBER 2007, Sen. Barack Obama's reassurances to the Boston Globe suggested that he understood constitutional...
Rocket's Red Scare
[SECURITY]On Sunday, April 5, the glorious North Korean space program, marvel of the modern world, launched its first satel- lite into the ocean 1,300 miles off the coast of Japan. Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, said this feat "merits a clear...
Rough in the Diamond
FILM[Sugar]Rough in the Diamond"SUGAR" IS A CRITICALLY acclaimed indie film about a 20-year-old Dominican pitcher's minor league baseball season in Iowa "Half Nelson," the last collaboration of its married auteurs, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, brought...
The Rainbow Over
Post-Apartheid South Africa is not delivering the liberal dream but a nightmare of Communism and corruption."BRING ME MY MACHINE GUN!" sings the next president of South Africa in a pleasing baritone, and as the authence joins in with the catchy tune,...
The Republic Strikes Back
American political discourse, defined as it is by Arthur Schlesinger's ghost and Bill Bennett's ghostwriter, has contracted to such a pinpoint that I half expect a BigBang to blow it all apart, as forbidden thoughts - Peace! Liberty! Localism! bust loose...
Too Small to Fail
The William Roepke solution to our economic woesIT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO end this way. In the glory days, when you could get a house with nothing down and almost nothing to pay, anything seemed possible. A new car every year? A trip to the sun? College...
Unsafe at Any Speed
Once again, the new administration has demonstrated its conviction that fidelity to free-trade dogma trumps all other concerns, including border security, highwaysafety, and the interests of American labor. The recent omnibus budget bill included a provision...
Vile Bodies
Pumped-up muscles, empty soulsWOULD IT BE POSSIBLE to invent a more stupefying supper companion than the person obsessed with keeping himself in Phidian perfection of pecs, abs, and buttocks, to the exclusion of mind and spirit?I am speaking of people...