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. 6, March 23

A Match Made in Tel Aviv
Will Netanyahu and the neocons live happily ever after?IMAGINE THAT AFTER Boris Yeltsin was elected president of a free postCommunist Russia in 1991, the Poles, residents of a former province of the Soviet empire, elected former Communist boss Edward...
A Match Made in Tel Aviv: Will Netanyahu and the Neocons Live Happily Ever After?
IMAGINE THAT AFTER Boris Yeltsin was elected president of a free post-Communist Russia in 1991, the Poles, residents of a former province of the Soviet empire, elected former Communist boss Edward Gierek as their new head of state. Then suppose that,...
Back in the USSR
[The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years, Simon Morrison, Oxford University Press, 512 pages] UNTIL LITTLE MORE than a decade ago, Sergei Sergeievich Prokofiev seemed stuck with a reputation as one of those composers about whom almost no one...
Bad Choice
What's the matter with Kathleen Sebelius?BY NOMINATING Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, the Obama administration has chosen its first battle in the culture wars. Picking a pro-choice Catholic who...
Bad Choice: What's the Matter with Kathleen Sebelius?
BY NOMINATING Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, the Obama administration has chosen its first battle in the culture wars. Picking a pro-choice Catholic who has been barred from receiving communion...
Deep Background
East of Suez is paved with gold for some. According to the continuing investigation of fraud and corruption in Iraq's reconstruction, as much as $125 billion has been stolen since 2003, much of it by American military officers and other officials....
English Lessons
The hard-fought battle against bilingual education has paid dividends for assimilation.I WAS VISITING a typical southern California pubUc high school, one in which the student body is close to threefourths Latino, when it dawned on me that virtually...
English Lessons: The Hard-Fought Battle against Bilingual Education Has Paid Dividends for Assimilation
I WAS VISITING a typical southern California public high school, one in which the student body is close to three-fourths Latino, when it dawned on me that virtually all the kids' hallway conversations with friends were conducted in English. Indeed,...
Europe Is a Riot
The collapse of the economy may presage violence across the continent.SOME TIME AGO, I asked a man in abar where he was from."Fm European," he replied."Yes," I said, "but where are you from?""Fm European," he insisted.In fact he was obviously German,...
Europe Is a Riot: The Collapse of the Economy May Presage Violence across the Continent
SOME TIME AGO, I asked a man in a bar where he was from. "I'm European," he replied. "Yes," I said, "but where are you from?" "I'm European," he insisted. In fact, he was obviously German, and perhaps only a German would have answered in...
Freeman's Fight
The Israel lobby gets its man-and tips its hand.CHARLES FREEMAN JR. 'S withdrawal of his acceptance of a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration was a national-security drama more riveting than an episode of "24." The moral was clear:...
Freeman's Fight: The Israel Lobby Gets Its Man-And Tips Its Hand
CHARLES FREEMAN JR.'s withdrawal of his acceptance of a high-level intelligence position in the Obama administration was a national-security drama more riveting than an episode of "24." The moral was clear: even a president who owes his job to a progressive...
French Lessons
[The Class] "THE CLASS," a slice-of-life drama tracking a year in an inner-city Parisian junior high school, has been greeted rapturously, winning the top prize at the Cannes film festival. The critical acclaim stems mostly from "The Class" not...
Insuring Disaster
Why are we bailing out AIG - again?IN LAST SUMMER'S blockbuster "The Dark Knight," the Joker invites one of the top crime lords of Gotham City to the rundown warehouse where he has stashed his ill-gotten gains. The mobster stares in awe at the huge stack...
Insuring Disaster: Why Are We Bailing out AIG-Again?
IN LAST SUMMER'S blockbuster "The Dark Knight," the Joker invites one of the top crime lords of Gotham City to the rundown warehouse where he has stashed his ill-gotten gains. The mobster stares in awe at the huge stack of money the arch-criminal has...
Old and Right
IT MAY BE that wary beasts come around to accepting the hunter's trap as a necessary concomitant of foraging for food. The presumably rational human animal has become so inured to political interventions that he cannot think of the making of a living...
Paradox Was His Doxy
[Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908, William Oddie, Oxford University Press, 416 pages] AS G.K. CHESTERTON was one of the greatest 20th-century apologists for Christianity, it is only natural that he should have...
Rule of Lawlessness
LESS THAN A YEAR after reversing course and backing compromise FISA legislation--which he had previously vowed to filibuster if it contained immunity for telecoms that cooperated with illegal federal surveillance--President Obama continues to demonstrate...
Run from the Border
HEEDING THE ADVICE of Gen. David Petraeus, Barack Obama has committed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan and will keep 50,000 in Iraq after U.S. combat operations end in August 2010. But are U.S. vital interests more threatened by what happens in...
Sneer Tactics
[Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation, David Denby, Simon & Schuster, 144 pages] ANYONE WHO FOLLOWS gossip blogs and webby tabloids has probably read the term "snark"--but what exactly is it? Open to any page of...
Taxes & Death
What does Barack Obama mean when he says he's getting politics out of science? "We make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology," the president asserted as he announced his decision to provide federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research....
Taxes & Death
[CULTURE]What does Barack Obama mean when he says he's getting politics out of science? "We make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology," the president asserted as he announced his decision to provide federal funding for embryonic stem-cell...
Terror Begins at Home
Will the Obama years see another militia scare?SINCE THE NEW DEAL, fears of terrorism and subversion have played a central role in U.S. political life. But the ways in which government and media conceive those menaces can change with astonishing speed....
Terror Begins at Home: Will the Obama Years See Another Militia Scare?
SINCE THE NEW DEAL, fears of terrorism and subversion have played a central role in U.S. political life. But the ways in which government and media conceive those menaces can change with astonishing speed. Such tectonic shifts usually occur because...
The Artist as a Kept Man
Quincy Jones, not content with having inflicted "We are the World" upon we of the world and withdrawing Peggy Lipton from circulation, has inspired a petition campaign begging President Obama to hatch a Secretary of the Arts, presumably to oversee...
The Reviser
President Bush routinely nullified the very laws he swore to enforce just by adding a few lines after his signature. The Decider issued hundreds of "signing statements" while in office, breaking any limits that inconvenienced the Freedom Agenda. The...
The Reviser
[EXECUTIVE]President Bush routinely nullified the very laws he swore to enforce just by adding a few lines after his signature. The Decider issued hundreds of "signing statements" while in office, breaking any limits that inconvenienced the Freedom Agenda...
Victors' History
Neocons have airbrushed the Old Right out of our past.SOMEONE OUGHT TO write a book called Down the Memory Hole. It would discuss the multifarious beUefs that American conservatives held until the second half of the 20th century but subsequently gave...
Victors' History: Neocons Have Airbrushed the Old Right out of Our Past
SOMEONE OUGHT TO write a book called Down the Memory Hole. It would discuss the multifarious beliefs that American conservatives held until the second half of the 20th century but subsequently gave up without fuss or embarrassment. Conservative leaders...