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. 5, No. 23, December 4

Are More "Thumpings" Needed?
While the losses were not large for the sixth year of a sitting president the significance of Nov. 7 is huge and the consequences will be historic.But it is crucial to sift out what the nation was saying and what it was not saying. This election was...
Bach Reaches out to God
MUSICJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, the most towering figure in music's pantheon, saw composition and performance as a craft, more exalted than pottery making but no inspirational bath. To the compliments on his organ playing, he once responded, "There is nothing...
Battle for the Border
Grassroots activists push back against immigration enthusiasts-and prevail.AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION disaster is looking increasingly like the other big Bush administration production, the war in Iraq. Immigration enthusiasts still occupy all the major power...
Chinese Takeout
Taming nuclear North Korea requires a regional effort led by Beijing.THREE WEEKS AFTER it appears to have joined the world's nuclear club, North Korea has confirmed that it will return to multilateral disarmament talks, a move that diminishes the likelihood...
Conservatism from A to Z
Conservatism From A to ZBOOKS[American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. Nelson, eds., 151 Books, 979 pages]THE DINNER at Philadelphia's Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant last April celebrating the launch of...
Deep Background
Details off the Department of Homeland Security Bureau off Customs and Border Protection's latest proposal to regulate international travel have been emerging. Homeland Security has asked the White House and Congress to approve a plan that would require...
Democracy Takes a Village
E.F. Schumacher argued that the cult of bigger is better has deformed our politics as well as our sense of economy.To the size of states there is a limit as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements; for none of these retain their natural...
Forum
ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTDaniel McCarthy's assessment of modern campus conservatives (Nov. 6) is spot on. I served as chair of the College Republicans at Stetson University for my freshman and sophomore years and will testify that young conservatives look...
Go Webb Go
Is it too soon for a "Webb for President" bandwagon? Of course it is. But Webb's landslide win in a Southern state-well, make that a pre-recount third of a percentage-point win carved from big margins in the Washington suburbs-has transformed him instantly...
Indefensible Secretary
[WAR]Fiasco, the title of Thomas Ricks's book about the Iraq War, is the perfect summation of Donald Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense. The mismanagement of the war and Rumsfeld's resistance to changing course have now become Beltway conventional...
Minority Report
Republicans bet the House-and the Senate-and lost.JIM WEBB'S SUPPORTERS were slow to trickle into the ballroom at the Sheraton Premier in Tysons Corner. Some jammed the lobby, hitting the cash bar and downing free egg rolls amidst balloons and pictures...
Polish Joke for a New Century
FILM[Borat]Polish Joke for a New CenturyENGLISH IMPROVISATIONAL comedian Sacha Baron Cohen first broke through with his striking concoction Ali G, the British-born Pakistani nitwit with a bling-laden, canary-colored tracksuit and an Andy-Capp-meets-Snoop-Dogg...
Remains of the Day
"I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me. " -President George W. BushTHE FOLLOWING diary fragments were found by rebel forces of the breakaway American states near the ruins of President George W. Bush's secret bunker...
Return of the Native
The Left begins to recognize that it can't simultaneously fight for its working-class base and the multicultural agenda.THE EDITORS of The Nation are confounded. "What's Fueling the New Nativism?" they asked. Their readers answered: we are."The roots...
Slipshod Scribblers
I have a terrible confession to make. Sen. John Kerry was right, except for one tiny detail. Nothing good comes to people who goof off in class, don't do their homework, and cheat in their exams. Only they don't end up in Iraq. They end up as journalists,...
The Great Tory Hope
David Cameron aspires to be the Conservatives' Tony Blair. But is that best for Britain?A VERY STRANGE THING is happening in London. Political experts are once again talking of the possibility of a Conservative government. There is something close to...
You Know He's Right
You Know He's Right[A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement, J. William Middendorf II, Basic Books, 290 pages]IN A RECENT HBO DOCUMENTARY on Barry Goldwater produced, written, and directed...