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. 7, April 6

Banking on Beijing
[debt collector]China's priority is saving itself, not sinking the dollar.THERE ARE TWO WAYS to interpret the fact that China is America's largest creditor at a moment of stupendous American borrowing. The first is as an economist. And we'll get to that....
Banking on Beijing: China's Priority Is Saving Itself, Not Sinking the Dollar
THERE ARE TWO WAYS to interpret the fact that China is America's largest creditor at a moment of stupendous American borrowing. The first is as an economist. And we'll get to that. But the second is as a thriller writer--or paranoid economic and political...
Carter Conservatism
The 39th president's modest proposalJIMMY CARTER'S "Crisis of Confidence" speech, delivered from the Oval Office on July 15, 1979, has long been a symbol of Democratic defeat - and defeatism. Republican politicians from presidents on down have used it...
Carter Conservatism: The 39th President's Modest Proposal
JIMMY CARTER'S "Crisis of Confidence" speech, delivered from the Oval Office on July 15, 1979, has long been a symbol of Democratic defeat--and defeatism. Republican politicians from presidents on down have used it to tar Democrats as the party of...
Deep Background
The Obama administration is using former officials as unofficial diplomats because it does not trust many of the State Department officers and ambassadors held over from the Bush years. The process of replacing the Bushies has been handicapped by a number...
Leftward No!
Will Obama's bailouts cost him his base?IS TIMOTHY GEITHNER a toxic asset? A lot of liberals apparently think so, and they are not planning to bail him out The tax-troubled Treasury secretary finally unveiled a program that was well received on Wall...
Leftward No! Will Obama's Bailouts Cost Him His Base?
IS TIMOTHY GEITHNER a toxic asset? A lot of liberals apparently think so, and they are not planning to bail him out. The tax-troubled Treasury secretary finally unveiled a program that was well received on Wall Street, but his gambit to have the federal...
National Disservice
President Obama's feel-good draftON MARCH 18, the House of Representatives voted 321-105 to pass the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, and the Senate is expected quickly to follow suit. The GIVE Act more than triples the number...
National Disservice: President Obama's Feel-Good Draft
ON MARCH 18, the House of Representatives voted 321-105 to pass the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, and the Senate is expected quickly to follow suit. The GIVE Act more than triples the number of slots for AmeriCorps members...
Old and Right
Mr. Roosevelt's appearance had an enormous effect upon the thinking of millions of Americans. Some were pronetoaccept him as the leaderwithoutapeer. Others were prone to oppose him and to recognize in his policies a turning away from the traditional...
Rebranding Gillibrand
Can New York's junior senator remain a conservative Democrat?WHEN DEMOCRATS swept into the House in 2006, their new majority was constructed by moderates like Kirsten Gillibrand. Like many freshman Democrats that year, she campaigned against corruption...
Rebranding Gillibrand: Can New York's Junior Senator Remain a Conservative Democrat?
WHEN DEMOCRATS swept into the House in 2006, their new majority was constructed by moderates like Kirsten Gillibrand. Like many freshman Democrats that year, she campaigned against corruption--her opponent, incumbent John Sweeney, was tangled in a...
Say No to Monroe
I strain for words to describe adequately Washington's policy toward Latin America. Candidates come to mind: imbecilic, moronic, catatonic, Pollyannaish, blind, incurious. No, these are poor creatures and frail, not equal to the task. Retarded? Anencephalic?...
Sticker Shock and Awe
Our defenses should get smaller and smarter, not more expensive.PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will soon announce up to a half-dozen weaponssystem cancellations. If that's true - and I'm not convinced it is - Gates will...
Sticker Shock and Awe: Our Defenses Should Get Smaller and Smarter, Not More Expensive
PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will soon announce up to a half-dozen weapons-system cancellations. If that's true--and I'm not convinced it is--Gates will probably meet more resistance than the Allies ran into at Normandy....
Suit Shopping
Is libel tourism a threat to free speech - or just to neocons?ON A RECENT RAINY Friday afternoon, British Member of Parliament the Right Honorable Denis MacShane called my cellphone to offer a word of warning."Make sure your article is very carefully...
Suit Shopping: Is Libel Tourism a Threat to Free Speech-Or Just to Neocons?
ON A RECENT RAINY Friday afternoon, British Member of Parliament the Right Honorable Denis MacShane called my cellphone to offer a word of warning. "Make sure your article is very carefully checked by lawyers before it is printed," he said. "Dealing...
The Wealth Delusion
How Americans forgot the meaning of investmentIN THE PAST YEAR, over $20 trillion in wealth has disappeared. Wages are stagnant, unemployment rising, consumer confidence gone. We have awoken from a dream to find the prosperity we imagined was our birthright...
The Wealth Delusion: How Americans Forgot the Meaning of Investment
IN THE PAST YEAR, over $20 trillion in wealth has disappeared. Wages are stagnant, unemployment rising, consumer confidence gone. We have awoken from a dream to find the prosperity we imagined was our birthright merely an illusion. Our borrowing, public...
The Weimar Way
"THE BEST WAY to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency," said Lord Keynes. Ben Bernanke disagrees. A student of the Depression, the Fed chair appears far more fearful of deflation--a vicious cycle of falling prices, debt defaults,...
Video Diplomacy
Foes of the "axis of evil" discourse that opened the door to so much havoc in the Middle East should welcome President Obama's gracious New Year's video message to Iran. It signaled a fundamental break with the Bush administration's rhetoric about...
Video Diplomacy
[WORLD]Foes of the "axis of evil" discourse that opened the door to so much havoc in the Middle East should welcome President Obama's gracious New Year's video message to Iran. It signaled a fundamental break with the Bush administration's rhetoric about...
Vive la Difference
Some people here in London are not happy that France is rejoining the military command structure of NATO, whose 60th anniversary falls this month. I confess to having misgivings. How can the most glorious nation in Europe renege on Charles de Gaulle's...
Vive la Différence
Some people here in London are not happy that France is rejoining the military command structure of NATO, whose 60th anniversary falls this month. I confess tohaving misgivings. How can the most glorious nation in Europe renege on Charles de Gaulle's...
What I Did on My Summer Vacation
MID-20TH-CENTURY American writers competed on their dust flaps to list the most jobs held. The more proletarian occupations an author enumerated, such as short-order cook, hod carrier, or lobsterman, the more legitimate was his assault on the Great...