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. 10, May 18

Apocalypse Not
[welcome to the club]Stalin's nuclear arsenal wasn't the end of the world. Ahmadinejad's won't be either.THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE community has not yet concluded that Iran has even decided to develop a nuclear weapon, but the public debate has moved...
Becoming Barbarians
Hungry, rootless, and revolutionary, the Right has adopted the habits of the horde.PERHAPS IT'S A MEASURE of the depths of my cultural pessimism, but when I take a sounding of the conservative predicament these days, I find myself not asking, "What would...
Beyond the Paleos
Fixing conservatism without adding a prefixARLEN SPECTER began the month of April insisting that it was important to keep the Democrats from achieving a 60-vote majority in the Senate. "The only check and balance on the Democratic sweep with the White...
Change in 2012
FOR CONSERVATIVES fretful over the future of the party to which they have given allegiance, How Barack Obama Won: A State by State Guide to the Historic 2008 Election reads like something out of Edgar Allan Poe. Coauthored by NBC's Chuck Todd, it is...
Found Cause
Don't call me a conservative.IN EDWARD ABBEY'S after-the-collapse novel Good News, Sam the Shaman tells the valiant anarchist cowboy Jack Burns, "There's one thing wrong with always fighting for freedom, and justice, and decency, and so forth.""Only...
In His Sights
Will the Obama administration come for your guns?NO ONE REALLY expects business to increase 60 percent in a worldwide economic crisis. Unless, of course, you own a firearms store, online ammo shop, or lease a booth at the regional gun show, in which...
Italian Opera
FILM[Il Divo]Italian OperaMOST MOVIE CRITICS are more concerned with film than with life, but my goal has been to help make movies, those pungent yet unreliable distillations of life, compelling for the reader who is more interested in the world than...
Not Good as Gold
The case against global currency schemes, whether Chinese or AmericanLATE last MARCH, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stunned world financial markets by stating that the U.S. is "quite open" to Chinese proposals to replace the doUar as the primary...
Right Reflections
Conservatism should oppose the liberal state without becoming statist.CONSERVATISM MAY HAVE given up too much when it became an -ism. "A disposition to preserve," wrote Edmund Burke, "and an abihty to improve, taken together, would be my standard of...
Saving Israel from Itself
The two-state solution is the only way to guarantee the Jewish state's long-term security-and our own.THE UNITED STATES and Israel fundamentally disagree about the need to establish a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel. President Obama...
To Die for a Mystique
The lessons our leaders didn't learn from the Vietnam WarIN ONE OF THE MOST thoughtful Vietnam-era accounts written by a senior military officer, Gen. Bruce Palmer once observed, "With respect to Vietnam, our leaders should have known that the American...
What Is It Good For?
In the nuclear age, there can be no just war.A LONG TIME AGO, in a galaxy far, far away - actually, it was 1958, in the Royal County of Berkshire - I was staying with a friend from school one Sunday and, as a treat, his mother took us to Mass at the...