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. 15, July 31

Absent at the Creation
[The Creators: From Chaucer and Dürer to Picasso and Disney, Paul Johnson, HarperCollins, 320 pages]Absent at the CreationTHEY SAY THAT The Economist is an excellent magazine for keeping informed about subjects you don't know anything about, but its...
Acoustic Feedback
[Performing Music in the Age of Recording, Robert Philip, Yale University Press, 304 pages]Acoustic FeedbackANY HISTORY OF recorded sound that, like this one, ignores structuralism and quotes Wodehouse is manifestly on the right lines. Behold Jeeves's...
Afghanistan on the Edge
Insufficient troop strength and rampant corruption imperil the nation-building project.KABUL, AFGHANISTAN-President Bush recently called Afghanistan "the first victory in the war on terror." Earlier Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld boasted that Afghanistan...
Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers
Those low prices come at a high economic cost."NO MORE BULLS**T!" That was the unorthodox campaign slogan Norman Mailer used when he ran for mayor of New York City in 1969. I suppose it wouldn't be politically correct to use that slogan today. The bulls...
Borrowed Empire
The dollar won't necessarily collapse if oil is billed in euros-but our crushing trade deficits might do the trick.IN RECENT MONTHS a hot topic on Internet sites has been speculation that Iran will instigate a collapse of the dollar's value by billing...
Deep Background
The revelation that the Department off the Treasury and the CIA have been routinely monitoring international banking transactions should be seen as part of the Total Information Awareness program proposed by former Defense Department contractor John...
Disappearing Democrats
[Where Did the Party Go? William Jennings Bryan, Hubert Humphrey, and the Jeffersionian Legacy, Jeff Taylor, University of Missouri Press, 344 pages]Disappearing Democrats"I AM A POPULIST," declares political scientist Jeff Taylor in the preface to Where...
Forum
FAITH IN REASONCongratulations on Scott McConnell's beautifully written, non-polemical essay "Divided & Conquered" (July 3). Many Americans are distressed at the injustices to which we as a country contribute daily, injustices we feel helpless to...
Hell on Heels
FILM[The Devil Wears Prada]Hell on HeelsPERHAPS YOU SHOULDN'T mention this around the feminist thought police, but women often hate working for other women. While men compete for status by including as many underlings as possible in their hierarchies,...
Kim Jong Il's Independence Day
The long-awaited test of Kim Jong Il's Taepodong-2 ICBM, which could put a small warhead on the United States, was held July 4.Flaming out after 42 seconds, Kim's big rocket splashed into the Sea of Japan, along with half a dozen Scuds and Nodongs Mr....
Mother Russia No More
While the Cold War impoverished it, post-communist Russia must confront a new deficit: more deaths than births.RUSSIA HAS A BIG PROBLEM. No, it's neither a war nor terrorism. Nor the economy, which is in good shape. By most measures, Russia has never...
National(ist) Pastime
"Do sports really matter?" asks Richard Reeves in his syndicated column. He then goes on to make fun of us Europeans for taking sports much too seriously in general and football's World Cup in particular. Coming from an American, this I find a bit rich,...
New Deals & Old Answers
The key to the Democratic Party's future may lie in its past.WHAT'S WRONG with the Democrats? In the May issue of The American Prospect, Michael Tomasky argued that his fellow Democrats need to develop "a politics of the common good," the sort of majoritarian...
Our Dangerous Times
Today's conservatives are eager to trade freedom for security.ON JUNE 23, the New York Times and other papers revealed that the Bush administration has been vacuuming up records passing through a Belgian hub for international banking. According to Treasury...
What's Wrong with the Democrats?
The identity-politics party doesn't know how to appeal to middle Americans.WHY HAVE THE DEMOCRATS proven so inept at electorally exploiting the growing evidence of the current Republican Party's incompetence at governing? The Democrats certainly have...