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. 8, April 21

All the Raj
All the Raj [Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion, Maria Misra, Yale University Press, 449 pages]By Septimus WaughSOMETIMES LITERATURE is great because what it communicates belies the creator's conscious intention. Kim, written by...
Bitter Pill
Globalization is a prescription for layoffs.I WAS LATE to the meeting, so I wasn't there when they destroyed everyone's lives. I only got to see the aftermath.On the previous Sunday, flyers distributed around the cafeteria announced a meeting at the...
Bitter Pill: Globalization Is a Prescription for Layoffs
I WAS LATE to the meeting, so I wasn't there when they destroyed everyone's lives. I only got to see the aftermath. On the previous Sunday, flyers distributed around the cafeteria announced a meeting at the Danbury Sheraton. All employees of Watson...
Deep Background
Some neoconservatives have adopted the Joseph Goebbels maxim that if you repeat a big lie often enough, it will eventually be accepted as truth. The latest big lie comes from Kenneth R. Timmerman writing for NewsMax on April 1 about the December 2007...
He Is Penn State
Barack Obama's rapturous welcomeWEEKS HAVE PASSED since Barack Obama's speeches could make bloggers emit oceanic feelings through their keyboards. Obamaism is no longer fresh or poised to sweep the world before it. Jeremiah Wright has complicated matters,...
He Is Penn State: Barack Obama's Rapturous Welcome
WEEKS HAVE PASSED since Barack Obama's speeches could make bloggers emit oceanic feelings through their keyboards. Obamaism is no longer fresh or poised to sweep the world before it. Jeremiah Wright has complicated matters, as has the episodic sourness...
Locked Down, Locked In
While Gen. David Petraeus was in Washington playing for time, Baghdad was hunkered down. Five years after the statue of Saddam toppled in Firdoos Square, the capital is under vehicle curfew, markets are closed, streets deserted. Even the Green Zone,...
Locked Down, Locked In
[WAR]While Gen. David Petraeus was in Washington playing for time, Baghdad was hunkered down. Five years after the statue of Saddam toppled in Firdoos Square, the capital is under vehicle curfew, markets are closed, streets deserted. Even the Green Zone,...
McCain: More Enemies, Please
JOHN MCCAIN'S address to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council drew praise from pundits for its stated loathing of war and, even more implausibly, for breaking with the current administration. Exemplifying the media swoon, David Broder dubbed McCain's...
No Exit
[Stop-Loss] WATCHING "Stop-Loss" in a nearly empty Washington theater, I had a fantasy. On the back row sat the staff of the Weekly Standard. Then the senators who make windy speeches about "fighting terrorists there so we don't have to fight them...
Premature Burial
Premature Burial [The Strange Death of Republican America: Chronicles of a Collapsing Party, Sidney Blumenthal, Union Square Press, 352 pages]By TOM PiatakSIDNEY BLUMENTHAL'S latest collection of essays, The Strange Death of Republican America: Chronicles...
Superpower Play
[enter the dragon]China wants to announce its hegemonic ambitions with Olympic victory-but may fall short of the gold.DESPITE THE COMBINED efforts of Steven Spielberg, the Dalai Lama, Muslim separatists, Western human-rights campaigners, and green activists,...
Superpower Play: China Wants to Announce Its Hegemonic Ambitions with Olympic Victory-But May Fall Short of the Gold
DESPITE THE COMBINED efforts of Steven Spielberg, the Dalai Lama, Muslim separatists, Western human-rights campaigners, and green activists, the Beijing Olympics are going to happen. At 08:08:08 on Aug. 8, 2008, China's Communist top brass will be...
Surging to Defeat
Petraeus's strategy only postponed the inevitable.THE UNITED STATES today finds itself with too much war and too few warriors. We face a large and growing gap between our military commitments and our military capabilities. Something has to give.Although...
Surging to Defeat: Petraeus's Strategy Only Postponed the Inevitable
THE UNITED STATES today finds itself with too much war and too few warriors. We face a large and growing gap between our military commitments and our military capabilities. Something has to give. Although violence in Iraq has decreased over the...
The Case for Recession
Federal meddling is no way to right a struggling market.BANK OF AMERICA economist Mickey Levy recently made one of the most astonishing comments heard in a long time, says Chicago financial commentator B?ll King in his "King Report": "The Fed knows its...
The Case for Recession: Federal Meddling Is No Way to Right a Struggling Market
BANK OF AMERICA economist Mickey Levy recently made one of the most astonishing comments heard in a long time, says Chicago financial commentator Bill King in his "King Report": "The Fed knows its credibility would be damaged if the economy slipped...
The Conscience of a Carnivore
The Conscience of a Carnivore [Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, Gene Baut, Touchstone, 304 pages]By Rod DreherTHE CONCEPT of animal rights and welfare doesn't come easy to conservatives. The term brings to mind PETA zealots...
The Democracy Business
Clichés of freedom disguise a corporatist reality.ALAS, POOR DEMOCRACY! We thought we knew it well! Yet what a strange beast it has turned out to be. How does something that promised such a grand future-the end of history even-turn out to be something...
The Democracy Business: Cliches of Freedom Disguise a Corporatist Reality
ALAS, POOR DEMOCRACY! We thought we knew it well! Yet what a strange beast it has turned out to be. How does something that promised such a grand future--the end of history even--turn out to be something that looks more like the end of civilization?...
The Lady to His Left
PITTSBURGH, PA -- In her first campaign appearance in the crucial Pennsylvania primary race, Michelle Obama wanted to be honest with the students at Carnegie Mellon. "I'm not supposed to be here," she said. "All the statistics say a little black girl...
The Ron Paul Evolution
The campaign winds down, but the movement is just beginning."RON PAUL OWNS THE FUTURE," influential evangelical Doug Wead concluded in an early April post on his personal blog. Wead makes an unlikely Paul enthusiast: his religious background might seem...
The Ron Paul Evolution: The Campaign Winds Down, but the Movement Is Just Beginning
"RON PAUL OWNS THE FUTURE," influential evangelical Doug Wead concluded in an early April post on his personal blog. Wead makes an unlikely Paul enthusiast: his religious background might seem a better fit for Mike Huckabee. And his personal history--as...
Trailing Hillary
Betting it all on the Keystone StatePENNSYLVANIA MAY BE the last State to matter in the long and wild Democratic primary race. If Hillary Clinton maintains her early lead, she will close Barack Obama's advantage in the popular vote, and her campaign...
Trailing Hillary: Betting It All on the Keystone State
PENNSYLVANIA MAY BE the last state to matter in the long and wild Democratic primary race. If Hillary Clinton maintains her early lead, she will close Barack Obama's advantage in the popular vote, and her campaign will be equipped with the argument...