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. 12, September

A Man in Full
My father embodied the Old World spirit since lost in multicultural America.MY FATHER WAS NOT the nicest person I have known. His temper was legendary, and despite his middling physical appearance and a bald pate that he had acquired in his thirties,...
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A Man in Full: My Father Embodied the Old World Spirit since Lost in Multicultural America
MY FATHER WAS NOT the nicest person I have known. His temper was legendary, and despite his middling physical appearance and a bald pate that he had acquired in his thirties, he prided himself on his supposed good looks. He held grudges with extraordinary...
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Breaking the Bank
Can the GOP follow Andrew Jackson back to power?RON PAUL'S Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis last September had an echo of 1832. The Twin Cities' Target Center thundered to chants of "End the Fed!" much as a gathering of Andrew Jackson's "Hurra boys"...
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Breaking the Bank: Can the GOP Follow Andrew Jackson Back to Power?
RON PAUL'S Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis last September had an echo of 1832. The Twin Cities' Target Center thundered to chants of "End the Fed!" much as a gathering of Andrew Jackson's "Hurra boys" had roared, "Down with the bank!" and "No...
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Care Tactics
Samantha Power and the weaponization of human rightsAMERICAN LIBERALS rejoiced at Samantha Power's appointment to the National Security Council. After so many dreary Clintonites were stacked into top State Department positions Dennis Ross, Richard Holbrooke,...
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Care Tactics: Samantha Power and the Weaponization of Human Rights
AMERICAN LIBERALS rejoiced at Samantha Power's appointment to the National Security Council. After so many dreary Clintonites were stacked into top State Department positions--Dennis Ross, Richard Holbrooke, Hillary herself--here was new blood: a dynamic...
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Deep Background
In the fighting in AfPak, it's important to know who your friends are. It's also important to know whether and why they might be angry with you. Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence is one of the world's most ruthless intelligence agencies and comes...
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Droning On
Remote-controlled mayhem does not win wars.WHEN TAC ASKED ME for apiece on military drones, I had to consider which variety of drone was most important: the drone aircraft, the drones who operate the aircraft, or the drones back in the Pentagon who think...
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Droning On: Remote-Controlled Mayhem Does Not Win Wars
WHEN TAC ASKED ME for a piece on military drones, I had to consider which variety of drone was most important: the drone aircraft, the drones who operate the aircraft, or the drones back in the Pentagon who think drive-by shootings can win wars. ...
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Endless Summers
He helped wreck Harvard and post-Communist Russia. Now he wants to be Fed chair."THE REAL GAMBLE is having the same old folks doing the same old things over and over and over again and somehow expecting a different result," Barack Obama said in one of...
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Endless Summers: He Helped Wreck Harvard and Post-Communist Russia. Now He Wants to Be Fed Chair
O wretched countrymen! What fury reigns? What more than madness has possess'd your brains? Think you the Grecians from your coasts are gone? And are Ulysses' arts no better known? --The Aeneid "THE REAL GAMBLE is having...
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Global Crack-Up
SO GRAVE WAS THE CRISIS in western China that President Hu Jintao canceled a meeting with President Obama, broke off from the G8 summit, and flew home. By official count, 158 are dead, 1,080 injured, and 1,000 have been arrested in ethnic violence...
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Is the Pope Capitalist?
HILAIRE BELLOC said, "Europe is the Faith and the Faith is Europe." As far as Catholics such as George Weigel and his neocon pals are concerned, however, that is so Old Europe. To them it makes much more sense to say, "America is the Faith and the...
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License to Kill
Before the torture memos and Ruby Ridge, there WBS Neagle.THE SUPREME COURT decision In re Neagle may never rank alongside Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education in high-school government textbooks. But this little-known 1890 case set precedent...
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License to Kill: Before the Torture Memos and Ruby Ridge, There Was Neagle
THE SUPREME COURT decision In re Neagle may never rank alongside Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education in high-school government textbooks. But this little-known 1890 case set precedent for everything from federal shootouts at Waco and...
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New World Playpen
The United Nations' parental power grabLAST DECEMBER, a coalition seeking ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (TJNCRC) held a briefing on Capitol Hill. Sen. Barbara Boxer addressed the faithful, who subscribe to the...
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New World Playpen: The United Nations' Parental Power Grab
LAST DECEMBER, a coalition seeking ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) held a briefing on Capitol Hill. Sen. Barbara Boxer addressed the faithful, who subscribe to the notion that "It Takes an (International)...
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Old and Right
So far as agriculture is concerned a temporarily effective, though highly dubious, safeguard against depression has been set up. The central government pays a guaranteed price for the undisposable surplus in certain crops. When this naive device increased...
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Party of One
The unorthodox libertarianism of Nat Hentoff"OUT OF STEP," the working title of a new documentary about Nat HentofFs life, strikes the 84-year-old journalist as a good characterization of his idiosyncratic political views. Of course, Hentoff is not the...
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Party of One: The Unorthodox Libertarianism of Nat Hentoff
"OUT OF STEP, " the working title of a new documentary about Nat Hentoff's life, strikes the 84-year-old journalist as a good characterization of his idiosyncratic political views. Of course, Hentoff is not the only writer to consider himself alienated....
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Precarious Balance
Barack Obama's nomination of a soi disant "wise Latina woman" to the Supreme Court looked for a moment as if it might prompt a national debate on the racial spoils system euphemistically known as "affirmative action." At issue was less whether Sonia...
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Precarious Balance
[JUSTICE]Barack Obama's nomination of a soi disant "wise Latina woman" to the Supreme Court looked for a moment as if it might prompt a national debate on the racial spoils system euphemistically known as "affirmative action." At issue was less whether...
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Prophet & Loss
Ben Bernanke's bad predictions should preclude his reappointment.IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT that the Greenspan era was over, Ben Bernanke's rough day on June 25 dispelled it. The Federal Reserve chairman endured hours of grilling by the House Oversight and...
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Prophet & Loss: Ben Bernanke's Bad Predictions Should Preclude His Reappointment
IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT that the Greenspan era was over, Ben Bernanke's rough day on June 25 dispelled it. The Federal Reserve chairman endured hours of grilling by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a stunning contrast to the deferential...
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Squaring Dupont Circle
HEAVEN IS NOT a farm. If you spend too much time on the American Right--in either its demotic or romantic-intellectual forms--you might forget this essential truth. You'll be subjected to paeans to rural community; cities are so soulless! They're...
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The Write Stuff
Higher education has destroyed young Americans' ability to express themselves on the page - or in their own minds.ONE STUDENT SHOUTED indignantly, "I thought this was a course in public speaking!" There were murmurs of assent. I explained that, all things...
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The Write Stuff: Higher Education Has Destroyed Young Americans' Ability to Express Themselves on the Page-Or in Their Own Minds
ONE STUDENT SHOUTED indignantly, "I thought this was a course in public speaking!" There were murmurs of assent. I explained that, all things being equal, one's thoughts were best written out before they were spoken. But the 30 or so members of the...
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United Colors of Democracy
That revolution looks great on youAMERICANS HAVE A LONG, depressing history of idealizing foreign political movements and revolutions. Even some followers of Thomas Jefferson fawned over the French Revolution, mistaking it for an ideological cousin of...
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United Colors of Democracy: That Revolution Looks Great on You
AMERICANS HAVE A LONG, depressing history of idealizing foreign political movements and revolutions. Even some followers of Thomas Jefferson fawned over the French Revolution, mistaking it for an ideological cousin of America's own campaign for liberty....
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Universal Nation
Barack Obama sees a world without borders a vision Islam shares.IF CONFIRMATION were needed that Barack Obama's foreign policy will retain the same philosophical assumptions that underpinned George W. Bush's, it came quickly enough in the new presidency....
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Universal Nation: Barack Obama Sees a World without Borders-A Vision Islam Shares
IF CONFIRMATION were needed that Barack Obama's foreign policy will retain the same philosophical assumptions that underpinned George W. Bush's, it came quickly enough in the new presidency. Speaking to an economics college in Moscow on July 7, the...
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Wild Oates
Ned Beatty and Warren Oates, resplendent stars in a Kentucky-Hollywood zodiac that stretches from Tod Browning to Johnny Depp, were sitting by a pool inHouston when Beatty asked Oates, "How would you describe your politics?"Oates screwed up his face...
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