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. 13, October

Aw, Canada
Overcoming my aversion to seasonally inappropriate acts--I hate leaves that turn in August or Christmas carols sung in September--some buddies and I made our annual midsummer creep over the border to cheer on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian...
Burn Victims
Toxic exposure torments soldiers long after their tours end.RETIRED SGT. Michael Maynard can no longer feel his feet. He began to notice the problem four years ago while working as an air-traffic control specialist in the Army. After a year at Camp Taji...
Burn Victims: Toxic Exposure Torments Soldiers Long after Their Tours End
RETIRED SGT. Michael Maynard can no longer feel his feet. He began to notice the problem four years ago while working as an air-traffic control specialist in the Army. After a year at Camp Taji in Iraq, Maynard took off his boots one night and found...
Coming Up Aces
Legalization of online gambling looks like a sure bet.INSIDE THE GLITZY OFFICES of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) in Washington D.C, the furniture looks impressive, but the employees do not. Staff saunter about in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops. The...
Coming Up Aces: Legalization of Online Gambling Looks like a Sure Bet
INSIDE THE GLITZY OFFICES of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) in Washington D.C., the furniture looks impressive, but the employees do not. Staff saunter about in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops. The atmosphere is one of easily gained affluence. But...
Continental Drift
Continental Drift [Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West, Christopher Caldwell, Doubleday, 432 pages]By Rod LiddleI LAST SPOKE to Sheikh Abu Hamza Al Masri, the radical Islamic cleric, in 2005, in the blank corporate...
Demolition Derbyshire
Demolition Derbyshire [We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism, John Derbyshire, Crown Forum, 272 pages]By Patrick AllittIMAGINE A CHEERFUL, observant, talkative man who, as he advances into late middle age, becomes impatient with much of the...
Dr. Doom Runs for Senate
Perpetual bear Peter Schiff contemplates a move into politics.PETER SCHIFF is offended. "Nobody has ever contacted me from any of the congressmen to say, 'Hey, you saw this financial collapse coming, you nailed it exactly,'" he says, adding impatiently,...
Dr. Doom Runs for Senate: Perpetual Bear Peter Schiff Contemplates a Move into Politics
PETER SCHIFF is offended. "Nobody has ever contacted me from any of the congressmen to say, 'Hey, you saw this financial collapse coming, you nailed it exactly,'" he says, adding impatiently, "I pretty much got it exact." If nobody from Washington...
Every Man a God-King
The danger of popular sovereigntyTHE LIBERL BLOGOSPHERE had a ready explanation when Scott Roeder, a Christian of Old Testament convictions, murdered Kansas abortionist George Tiller. Roeder was what Andrew Sullivan calls a "Christianist," someone who...
Every Man a God-King: The Danger of Popular Sovereignty
THE LIBERL BLOGOSPHERE had a ready explanation when Scott Roeder, a Christian of Old Testament convictions, murdered Kansas abortionist George Tiller. Roeder was what Andrew Sullivan calls a "Christianist," someone who believes "that religion dictates...
Failing the IQ Test
Failing the IQ Test [Intelligence and How to Get It, Richard E. Nisbett, W. W. Norton S Co., 282 pages]By Jason RichwineSOCIOBIOLOGY has long been a sore spot for the Left, and with good reason. Our fundamental traits have a firm biological basis, shaped...
Forced Out
The biggest bully on the block doesn't always win.THE COLONEL didn't have a clue how much the mission cost - six Blackhawks, two Apaches, all those Humvees. He didn't even understand the relevance of my question. "No idea. I just ask for the assets I...
Forced Out: The Biggest Bully on the Block Doesn't Always Win
THE COLONEL didn't have a clue how much the mission cost--six Blackhawks, two Apaches, all those Humvees. He didn't even understand the relevance of my question. "No idea. I just ask for the assets I need, and they give them to me." I stared at the...
Forum
FALSE ALARMBrendan O'Neill's essay (August) is ironically alarmist. Peer-reviewed scientific studies about climate change are hardly the politics of fear, but throwing around the term "green-industrial complex" is.Unfortunately most issues in U.S. politics...
Imagination Takes Flight
The life and mind of Antoine de Saint-ExupéryWhat moves me so deeply about this little prince sleeping here is his loyalty to a flower, the image of a rose shining through his whole being like Oie flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep. I found him...
Imagination Takes Flight: The Life and Mind of Antoine De Saint-Exupery
What moves me so deeply about this little prince sleeping here is his loyalty to a flower, the image of a rose shining through his whole being like the flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep. I found him to be more fragile still. Lamps should be protected...
Liberal-in-Law
My sister-in-law Franny came over from Albuquerque in the summer with her daughter Xuexia. Franny and I have been sparring ever since we first met in London more than 20 years ago. The first round went to Franny. I am not exactly sure what happened...
Old and Right
Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. "Your levellers," said Samuel Johnson...
Shepherd Watch
AS SOON AS I STEP DOWN from the bus, out of the plastic yellow light, darkness and silence descend like heavy curtains. The street where I grew up is blanketed in night: the houses hide their faces behind their wings, and only the thin voices of crickets...
Super K and the Perils of Power
Super K and the Perils of Power [Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year, Alistair Home, Simon 6 Schuster, 457 pages]By William B. QuandtWHEN I FIRST LEARNED that the British historian Alistair Home was writing a book on Henry Kissinger, I wondered if anyone...
Terror's Tipping Point
While the U.S. focuses on Afghanistan, nuclear-armed Pakistan is the far more critical concern.FOREIGN POLICY magazine calls it the tenth most failed nation in the world. A "dysfunctional state," concedes Tariq Ali, Pakistani author of The Duel. Yet...
Terror's Tipping Point: While the U.S. Focuses on Afghanistan, Nuclear-Armed Pakistan Is the Far More Critical Concern
FOREIGN POLICY magazine calls it the tenth most failed nation in the world. A "dysfunctional state," concedes Tariq Ali, Pakistani author of The Duel. Yet according to U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke, "Pakistan is the most important country in...
The Elusive Oakeshott
The great British philosopher defined conservatism less as a political program than as a way of life.AS A STUDENT, I felt at a disadvantage when facing radicals because they had a universal theory of what made societies tick. Indeed, the dominant Marxist...
The Elusive Oakeshott: The Great British Philosopher Defined Conservatism Less as a Political Program Than as a Way of Life
AS A STUDENT, I felt at a disadvantage when facing radicals because they had a universal theory of what made societies tick. Indeed, the dominant Marxist version--about capitalism and its contradictions--claimed to be scientific. Hogwash, of course,...
The Money Monopoly
How the Federal Reserve rips you offMOST AMERICANS haven't thought much about the strange entity that controls the nation's money. Visitors to Washington can see the Federal Reserve's palatial headquarters, the monetary parallel to the Supreme Court...
The Money Monopoly: How the Federal Reserve Rips You Off
MOST AMERICANS haven't thought much about the strange entity that controls the nation's money. Visitors to Washington can see the Federal Reserve's palatial headquarters, the monetary parallel to the Supreme Court or the U.S. Capitol. We hear the Fed...
The Right Fights Back
WHAT HAPPENED to the Age of Obama? Glancing over the New York Times Book Review, one finds three of the top four nonfiction bestsellers were written by conservatives--columnist Michelle Malkin, talk-show host Mark Levin, and Fox News contributor...
These Colors Run Red
The U.S. follows the Soviet Union into Afghanistan.WITH THE 30TH anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan approaching, the question retains its fascination: Why did the Russians do it? The misguided Afghan War sounded the death knell of the...
These Colors Run Red: The U.S. Follows the Soviet Union into Afghanistan
WITH THE 30TH anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan approaching, the question retains its fascination: Why did the Russians do it? The misguided Afghan War sounded the death knell of the Soviet empire. How could they have been so stupid?...
United States of Paranoia
Phantom menaces populate the imaginations of Americans across the political spectrum, not just those on the populist Right.THE POWER of the apocalyptic has never ceased to tease the American mind. A glance through the nation's past reveals a tenacious...
United States of Paranoia: Phantom Menaces Populate the Imaginations of Americans across the Political Spectrum, Not Just Those on the Populist Right
THE POWER of the apocalyptic has never ceased to tease the American mind. A glance through the nation's past reveals a tenacious flirtation with conspiratorial fantasies and one-idea men. This rage for machinations is all the more curious considering...