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. 9, May 4

All on Brown
Now is as good a time as any to put some money on Gordon Brown to lead the Labour Party to victory in the next British general election. Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that there will be an election. By the time it finally falls due--in June of...
By the Book
Even in the Kindle age, the printed page still has its place.NO INDUSTRY FRETS about its future more than publishing. "How do you make a small fortune in publishing? Start out with a large fortune" runs one of the gallows-humor jokes told by publishers...
By the Book: Even in the Kindle Age, the Printed Page Still Has Its Place
NO INDUSTRY FRETS about its future more than publishing. "How do you make a small fortune in publishing? Start out with a large fortune" runs one of the gallows-humor jokes told by publishers for the better part of a century now. The latest round of...
Capitol Offense
"STATE OF PLAY" is an intermittently intelligent Capitol Hill thriller based on a celebrated 2003 BBC miniseries. The story was Americanized by at least five competent Hollywood hacks, such as Tony Gilroy, who wrote the similar "Michael Clayton," one...
Finding Atlas
Before Ayn Rand there was Isabel Paterson.THE ECONOMIST recently reported that Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, first published in 1957, is back on the bestseller lists. A week before the president's inauguration, more people were buying it than Obama's...
Finding Atlas: Before Ayn Rand There Was Isabel Paterson
THE ECONOMIST recently reported that Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, first published in 1957, is back on the bestseller lists. A week before the president's inauguration, more people were buying it than Obama's Audacity of Hope. For the uninitiated,...
Guilt Trip
Eric Foner writes history to suit the politically correct Left - and the neocons.ERIC FONER, De Witt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is the most professionally successful academic historian of our time. He has served as president...
Guilt Trip: Eric Foner Writes History to Suit the Politically Correct Left-And the Neocons
ERIC FONER, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is the most professionally successful academic historian of our time. He has served as president of all three major historical organizations, published a widely acclaimed book...
How Right Was Reagan?
[sunny side up]The 40th president gave America hope-but that's not enough.A FEW WEEKS AGO, my mailman delivered an invitation to my 30th high school reunion. I'm not sure the shock made me feel any older, but the landmark has led me to think about what...
How Right Was Reagan? the 40th President Gave America Hope-But That's Not Enough
A FEW WEEKS AGO, my mailman delivered an invitation to my 30th high school reunion. I'm not sure the shock made me feel any older, but the landmark has led me to think about what was going on in America and the world in the summer of 1979. It's...
Song of the South
You probably don't know about BB guns in Athens, Alabama in 1957. Or bustin' sugar rocks in a sunny field of goober peas in the dead silence of an Alabama summer. Or shooting cottonmouths off the old iron footbridge in the swamps next to the Valley...
Summer of '69
Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin's campaign to liberate NYCCan it be that the apparent desire of this city to destroy itself can be found in the newspapers themselves? God, they do not even honor their own. They seem to assume that used-up politicians,...
Summer of '69: Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin's Campaign to Liberate NYC
Can it be that the apparent desire of this city to destroy itself can be found in the newspapers themselves? God, they do not even honor their own. They seem to assume that used-up politicians, implicated politicians, and politicians with tongues waxed...
The Harding Way
The president infamous for Teapot Dome knew that cutting government was the best way to end a depression.WHEN BARACK OBAMA urged passage of his so-called stimulus measure in February, he claimed that only bold government action would prevent the economy...
The Harding Way: The President Infamous for Teapot Dome Knew That Cutting Government Was the Best Way to End a Depression
WHEN BARACK OBAMA urged passage of his so-called stimulus measure in February, he claimed that only bold government action would prevent the economy from slipping into a deep depression. In making that argument, he was only repeating the conventional...
The Money Pit
Obama's bailouts, like Bush's unsustainable boom, are neither free-market nor socialist but state capitalist.ACCORDING TO the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, only 53 percent of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism....
The Money Pit: Obama's Bailouts, like Bush's Unsustainable Boom, Are Neither Free-Market nor Socialist but State Capitalist
ACCORDING TO the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, only 53 percent of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism. Some 20 percent disagree and say socialism is better. Another 27 percent are not sure which is better....
Tortured Definition
Jonah Goldberg admits at National Review Online, "I've always been on the fence about whether waterboarding constituted torture." That should be simple enough to resolve: Waterboarding simulates drowning for the purpose of extracting information. Drowning...
Tortured Definition
[JUSTICE]Jonah Goldberg admits at National Review Online, "I've always been on the fence about whether waterboarding con- stituted torture." That should be simple enough to resolve: Waterboarding simu- lates drowning for the purpose of extracting information....
What Would Burke Do?
The neglected tradition of high church conservatismEDMUND BURKE might not like what American conservatism has become. With its devotion to abstract rights, democracy, and perpetual growth, the American Right today looks more like a stepchild of Thomas...
What Would Burke Do? the Neglected Tradition of High Church Conservatism
EDMUND BURKE might not like what American conservatism has become. With its devotion to abstract rights, democracy, and perpetual growth, the American Right today looks more like a stepchild of Thomas Paine than an heir to the author of Reflections...