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. 7, No. 16, August 25

All Roads Lead to Rome
Mogul Tom Monaghan envisioned Ave Maria as the perfect faithful community. But will its residents sing from the same hymnal?SIX YEARS AGO, Tom Monaghan, the Domino's Pizza founder turned Catholic philanthropist, flew over southwest Florida and saw a...
All Roads Lead to Rome: Mogul Tom Monaghan Envisioned Ave Maria as the Perfect Faithful Community. but Will Its Residents Sing from the Same Hymnal?
SIX YEARS AGO, Tom Monaghan, the Domino's Pizza founder turned Catholic philanthropist, flew over southwest Florida and saw a dream become possible. Amid the run-down tomato farms, he would transplant his Michigan-based Ave Maria University and develop...
Auto Asphyxiation
When cars drive our lives and cameras enforce our lawsPULLING UP TO A RED LIGHT in an irresponsible state of fatigue, I was stirred from my torpor by a flash overhead. I cursed, thinking the automated stoplight camera had taken my photo, attributing...
Auto Asphyxiation: When Cars Drive Our Lives and Cameras Enforce Our Laws
PULLING UP TO A RED LIGHT in an irresponsible state of fatigue, I was stirred from my torpor by a flash overhead. I cursed, thinking the automated stoplight camera had taken my photo, attributing some infraction unwarranted or obscure to me. But then...
Czechoslovakia on Their Minds
Neocon news flash: Hitler invades Georgia.NEOCONSERVATIVES and their useful idiots in the American media have been on overdrive this August, rewinding to their World War II analogies and applying them to the fast-forwarding world of global politics....
Czechoslovakia on Their Minds: Neocon News Flash: Hitler Invades Georgia
These brief illuminations suggest but don't fully reveal what happened to "The Missing Girls of Iraq," as Time called them in 2006. They may be dancing on the stages of Damascus nightclubs, begging on street corners, tying on suicide-bomber vests,...
From Bolivar to Chavez
FEW FIGURES expressed Latin America's tragic sense of life better than its liberator, Simon Bolivar. Disillusioned by his failure to unite the former Spanish colonies, Bolivar in his final days lamented that those who serve revolution in these lands...
Future Perfect
Stop worrying and learn to love expensive oil.PEAK OIL HAS ARRIVED-not just the geological phenomenon but the movement of the same name.The geological part is straightforward: peak oil is the top of an oil field's bell curve of production, after which...
Future Perfect: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Expensive Oil
PEAK OIL HAS ARRIVED--not just the geological phenomenon but the movement of the same name. The geological part is straightforward: peak oil is the top of an oil field's bell curve of production, after which demand can rise all it wants, but supply...
Good Film, Bad Waugh
NO AMERICAN did more to resuscitate Evelyn Waugh's reputation than the late William F. Buckley. By Waugh's death in 1966, the reactionary Catholic novelist's standing had fallen almost as low as Jay McInerney's has today, yet Buckley's devotion introduced...
Innocents Lost
For many Iraqi women, political liberation has meant sexual enslavement.IRONY IN MOTION: Iraqi girls dance nightly in bright, clinging gowns, circling the stage like glittering chattel, swaying their hips seductively one moment, fearfully clutching the...
Innocents Lost: For Many Iraqi Women, Political Liberation Has Meant Sexual Enslavement
IRONY IN MOTION: Iraqi girls dance nightly in bright, clinging gowns, circling the stage like glittering chattel, swaying their hips seductively one moment, fearfully clutching the hand of a peer the next. They were liberated, we are told, in the...
Obama's Summer Blues
Over 200,000 people gathered in Berlin to cheer one of the most featureless speeches of Barack Obama's campaign, but the Democratic candidate couldn't carry that energy home with him. Even after his grand tour, Obama's poll numbers--both nationally...
Scientism Fiction
While the advent of the sciences has been a mixed blessing, giving us dentistry on the one hand but also the automobile and electronic amplification of sound, its philosophical consequences have been purely unfortunate. In particular, we have suffered...
Shakespeare for the Masses
"THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE of Shakespeare studies," grumbles one scholar, "seems to be that questions may be asked over and over again, and that almost nobody pays attention to the answers." Evidence that much Shakespeare scholarship is indeed a dialogue...
The Anthrax Files
[case not closed]The FBI claims to have caught the killer. But so much evidence has been neglected or mishandled that many experts still have doubts.SEVEN YEARS AFTER the anthrax attacks shut down Congress, sowed panic nationwide, killed five, sickened...
The Anthrax Files: The FBI Claims to Have Caught the Killer. but So Much Evidence Has Been Neglected or Mishandled That Many Experts Still Have Doubts
SEVEN YEARS AFTER the anthrax attacks shut down Congress, sowed panic nationwide, killed five, sickened 17, and allowed neocon propagandists to variously blame al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, the FBI claims to have gotten its man. But the official story...
The End of Democracy?
In his 1937 Great Contemporaries, Winston Churchill wrote, "Whatever else may be thought about [Hitler's] exploits, they are among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world." He was referring not only to Hitler's political triumphs--the...
The Last Dissident
America viewed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as too Christian, too uncompromising, too reactionary-but we are hugely in his debt.A PROPHET'S DEATH makes our shallow infotainment culture even less tolerable than usual. To see the man's passing become just another...
The Last Dissident: America Viewed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Too Christian, Too Uncompromising, Too Reactionary-But We Are Hugely in His Debt
A PROPHET'S DEATH makes our shallow infotainment culture even less tolerable than usual. To see the man's passing become just another item on the ticker, juxtaposed with the latest developments in the unretirement of Brett Favre or the fascinating...
The Last Republican
"GORE VIDAL is America's premier man of letters," says Jay Parini in his introduction to The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal, and if after reading Vidal on William Dean Howells, Tennessee Williams, various dead Kennedys, and "American sissy" Theodore...