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. 6, No. 15, July 3

Between Pews & Polls
Have values voters lost their clout?HAS THE RELIGIOUS Right become irrelevant? Such a question would have been unthinkable only three years ago. According to political analysts across the ideological spectrum, the first big lesson of the 2004 election...
Bloggers at the Gates
[The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture, Andrew Keen, Currency, 240 pages]Bloggers at the GatesBy Clark StooksburyALMOST OVERNIGHT, the World Wide Web has been transformed, as millions of people have become not just consumers...
Breaking Bush's Resistance
A pending court case could expose the administration's torture regime.FROM THE FIRST DAYS after the Abu Ghraib photos hit the airwaves, the torture scandal has epitomized the worst of the Bush presidency. A timid media, a cowardly opposition party, and...
Bus Stop
[COURT]Last month the Supreme Court took a prudent step by ruling on behalf of a parents group that had challenged the school desegregation plans of Louisville and Seattle. The plans classified children by race in order to determine which schools they...
Deep Background
Intelligence sources citing surveillance satellite imagery indicate that al-Qaeda has largely been successful in establishing a protected sanctuary along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and is now carrying out major terrorist training activities. A new...
Faux Populist Goes to Doctor
[Sicko]Faux Populist Goes to Doctor Bg Steve SailerMICHAEL MOORE'S comic polemical documentaries have done more for his net worth than for his political causes. He attacked greedy CEOs sending American factory jobs abroad in 1989's "Roger & Me,"...
Forum
BABY BUSTI read with great interest the review of Walter Laqueur's book in which Theodore Dalrymple discusses a subject that appears quite regularly lately: Europeans not having enough children to sustain their societies (June 18). In what appears to...
Getting Immigration Right
[the know-something party]How conservatives blocked the open-borders establishmentIN SUMMER 1991, beginning a long air trip on a National Review Institute delegation to the Far East, I opened a 14,000-word submission to National Review and settled down...
How Empires End
Responding to the call of Pope Urban II at Claremont in 1095, the Christian knights of the First Crusade set out for the Holy Land. In 1099, Jerusalem was captured. As their port in Palestine, the Crusaders settled on Acre on the Mediterranean.There...
How I Learned to Stop Worrying
[The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor, William i.angewiesene, Forrar, Straus and Giroux, 192 pages] How I Learned to Stop Worrying...By Justin LoganIN 1963, President John F. Kennedy described his alarm over one possible course of world politics....
How to Win in Iraq
A stable Iraqi state would constitute a strategic victory-and the only one still possible.AMONG THE BITS OF LORE of the United States Senate is a story that dates back to before I arrived there in 1973 as a staffer to Sen. Robert Taft Jr. of Ohio.A senator-from...
Jocotepec Jitterbug
My stepdaughter Natalia, 15, graduated last week from Antonia Palomares school in Jocotepec, on the north shore of Lake Chapala, in Jalisco, Mexico, where I live. Inevitably the parents held a monster fiesta. Mexicans seem to have a genetic predisposition...
Price, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
[Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Bill McKibben, Times Books, 261 pages] Price, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness By Caleb StegallIN 1947, two titans of 20th-century economic theory, Ludwig von Mises and Wilhelm Röpke,...
Richardson Fails Up
His appearance on "Meet the Press" was widely mocked as the worst on the Sunday talk-show circuit in living memory. His debate performances have been unimpressive, except when they have been embarrassing. His policy knowledge is superficial, and his...
Santorum against the World
The ex-senator sets the Culture War aside to preach paranoia in our time.FORMER SENATOR Rick Santorum earned the sobriquet "the believer" during his time in Washington. A staunch Catholic, he made cultural conservative issues his personal crusade, frequently...
The Doctors' Plot
Britain keeps cool after the Iraq War spills over.LONDON- It's best when the bomb doesn't go off. That way you get all the excitement of war without any of the boring stuff, like bodies, orphans, widows, and universal misery. The three botched attacks...
The Surge That Failed
[autopsy in progress]Iraq still lacks conditions for peace. More troops don't change that."HOW WAS IT," asked Leo Tolstoy in War and Peace, that the Russian army "did not achieve its purpose when it had surrounded the French on three sides and its intention...