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. 1, January 16

Christmas Chronicling
This being the Christmas issue-yes, in this magazine we are permitted to use the "C" word-I will tell you about a very religious man, a chronicler of change and decay, namely Thomas Fleming, editor of Chronicles, a monthly review of our culture, or lack...
Declare Victory and Stay
Bush has yet to join the reality-based community.MANY WHO WATCHED President Bush's Iraq speech at the Naval Academy had one main question in mind. It didn't concern what the president would say-the "stay the course" message had been leaked beforehand:...
Deep Background
The liberation of Iraq to end oppression of the Iraqi people has not been altogether successful. Iraqi Deputy Human Rights Minister Aida Ussayran has courageously confirmed that Iraqi officials have been torturing and abusing prisoners in jails across...
Dershowitz V. Desch
In our Dec. 5 issue, The American Conservative published a review of Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chuzpah by contributing editor Michael Desch. Alan Dershowitz, whose scholarship was critiqued by Finkelstein's book, objected at length, attacking both...
Impolite Society
How ideological zeal and social distance silenced a disputatious capitalTHE FALL OF 2002 was one of the strangest eras that I have seen in Washington in my 30 years here. The certainty of a war that only a tiny inner circle could understand hung over...
Like Tourists with Guns
[Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground, Robert Kaplan, Random House, 375 pages] Like Tourists With GunsIn Imperial Grunts, Robert Kaplan returns to his roots as a travel writer. Now, though, the travelers and the guides are the officers...
MacKinnon's Textual Harrassment
[Women's Lives, Men's Laws, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Harvard University Press, 558 pages] MacKinnon's Textual HarrassmentTHE BALEFUL INFLUENCE of feminist Catharine MacKinnon on American jurisprudence cannot be underestimated. With relatively few obstacles...
Might the Arabs Have a Point?
Karen Hughes, President Bush's newest undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and the caretaker of America's image abroad, has her work cut out for her.A Zogby survey of 3,900 Arabs in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, and the United...
Open Door Policy
President Bush's approval rating could not have slipped into the 30s were his base not bleeding. The gloss is off democratic crusading, and happy talk about Iraqis standing up is no substitute for an exit strategy. Social Security reform swirled down...
Out of Africa
When the sun set on the British Empire, chaos overtook the former colonies.AS SOON AS I qualified as a doctor, I went to Rhodesia, which was to transform itself into Zimbabwe five years later. In the next decade I worked and traveled a great deal in...
Painting the White House Red
Radical globalist ideology has possessed the occupant of the Oval Office and is bringing about the revolution Communism never could.IT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED that George Orwell's Animal Farm predicted not only the horrors of communism but also the end of...
Syria in Their Sights
[wars and rumors of wars]The neocons plan their next "cakewalk."IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN. It all sounds depressingly familiar, and it is. The Bush administration accuses the leader of a major Arab country of supporting terrorism and harboring weapons of...
The Girl with the Gray Eyes
FILM[Memoirs of a Geisha]The Girl With the Gray EyesAMERICAN COMMERCE couldn't function without the salesman personality: outgoing, brash, and self-assured. Yet Japanese corporate life carries on nicely despite a shortage of Donald Trumps.The Japanese...
The Shakespeare of Music
[Beethoven: The Universal Composer, Edmund Morris, HarperCollins, 256 pages] The Shakespeare of MusicONE DAY, probably in Leipzig during the 1830s, Robert Schumann attended a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. At this performance, amid the lead-in...