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. 9, May 5

Apatow's Ensemble
Ever since the collapse of the Hollywood studio system, film productions have become expensive and time-consuming to get off the ground because each new movie is an independent business enterprise demanding complex negotiations. If Shakespeare were...
Barr Fight
The former GOP stalwart could give conservatives a choice in November.In the '90s, Bob Barr was known as a socially conservative Republican congressman from Georgia. Since leaving Congress, he has made a mark as a defender of the Constitution, working...
Barr Fight: The Former GOP Stalwart Could Give Conservatives a Choice in November
In the '90s, Bob Barr was known as a socially conservative Republican congressman from Georgia. Since leaving Congress, he has made a mark as a defender of the Constitution, working to build a Left-Right coalition in defense of civil liberties trampled...
Detente in the Taiwan Strait
Lost in the din of Tibetan riots and anti-Chinese protests calling for boycotts of the Beijing Games was the reopening of unofficial, direct negotiations between the Chinese and Taiwanese governments. This development followed the March landslide victory...
Détente in the Taiwan Strait
Lost in the din of Tibetan riots and anti-Chinese protests calling for boycotts of the Beijing Games was the reopening of unofficial, direct negotiations betweenthe Chinese and Taiwanese governments. This development followed the March landslide victoiy...
Fewer Bases, More Baseball
Fewer Bases, More Baseball [Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism, Bill Kauffman, Metropolitan, 274 pages]By Daniel McCarthyBILL KAUFFMAN writes prose-history, novels, journalism-but he...
First Loser
Playing the odds for the veepstakesTHE VICE PRESIDENCY is a baffling office. John Nance Garner said it wasn't worth "a warm bucket of spit," but its occupant is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Given little consideration at the Constitutional Convention,...
First Loser: Playing the Odds for the Veepstakes
The vice presidency is a baffling office. John Nance Garner said it wasn't worth "a warm bucket of spit," but its occupant is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Given little consideration at the Constitutional Convention, the veep's job was to preside...
Forum
BACK TO BERLINIt was a delight for me to read William Lind's essay, "What Would Bismarck Do?" (March 24). Not only does Lind know history well, he also shows an excellent feel for the political realities of the Balkans. I cheered the U.S. intervention...
Freedomland
[potemkin nation]Petraeus and Crocker pretend Iraq is a state. Everyone goes along.IN THE SECOND WEEK in April, the world's most elaborate kabuki theater, Washington, offered a stunning performance. America's two consuls for Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus...
Freedomland: Petraeus and Crocker Pretend Iraq Is a State. Everyone Goes Along
In the second week in April, the world's most elaborate kabuki theater, Washington, offered a stunning performance. America's two consuls for Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan C. Crocker, gave Congress and the world their appreciation of the...
Gang Warfare
Criminals have found a new way to hone their combat skills: joining the U.S. military.ON JAN. 9, 2005, Andres Raya caught police in a calculated ambush outside a liquor store in Ceres, California. He shot two officers, killing one, before the police...
Gang Warfare: Criminals Have Found a New Way to Hone Their Combat Skills: Joining the U.S. Military
On Jan. 9, 2005, Andres Raya caught police in a calculated ambush outside a liquor store in Ceres, California. He shot two officers, killing one, before the police returned fire and killed him. After the incident, detectives discovered that Raya belonged...
Israel's Lawyers
Israel's Lawyers [The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, Aaron David Miller, Bantam, 416 pages]By Michael C. DeschOVER THE PAST 200 YEARS, a handful of American Jews has played a major role in formulating U.S. policy...
Jersey Boys
The Garden State Senate race is just one midget short of a circus.IF THE INCUMBENT is re-elected, he will be 90 by the end of his term. To accomplish this feat, he first must get past the South Jersey Democratic Party bosses, the owner of a nightclub...
Jersey Boys: The Garden State Senate Race Is Just One Midget Short of a Circus
If the incumbent is re-elected, he will be 90 by the end of his term. To accomplish this feat, he first must get past the South Jersey Democratic Party bosses, the owner of a nightclub called Kiss and Fly who likes ski trips and adult beverages, a...
Left-Wing and a Prayer
Left-wing and a Prayer [Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right, E.J. Dionne Jr; Princeton University Press, 265 pages]By Darryl HartWHEN CONSERVATIVES embraced family values and religion during the early days of the Reagan...
Liberty's Last Dance
OK, so this Baby Boomer has grown less libertarian, and more conservative in his old age. But I could still change. Three things in particular are giving me pause.First, there's the sudden decline and tall of Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New...
Liberty's Last Dance: OK, So This Baby Boomer Has Grown Less Libertarian, and More Conservative in His Old Age. but I Could Still Change. Three Things in Particular Are Giving Me Pause
First, there's the sudden decline and fall of Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York. I am enough of a libertarian to think that prostitution should be legal in a few places--and enough of a conservative to think it should be illegal in most...
Mission Accomplished?
May 1 will mark five years since George W. Bush stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and triumphantly pronounced the "end of major combat operations." Since then, we have incurred 97 percent of the war's casualties and have spent an additional...
Mission Accomplished?
May 1 will mark five years since George W. Bush stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and triumphantly pronounced the "end of major combat operations." Since then, we have incurred 97 percent of the war's casualties and have spent an additional...
Mr. Zbig
Brzezinski brings wisdom-and controversy-to Barack Obama's campaignTO MEET ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI is to have no doubt that he is an important man. The morning of our appointment, I was informed that I would have 15 minutes, and 14 minutes and 30 seconds...
Mr. Zbig: Brzezinski Brings Wisdom-And Controversy-To Barack Obama's Campaign
To meet Zbigniew Brzezinski is to have no doubt that he is an important man. The morning of our appointment, I was informed that I would have 15 minutes, and 14 minutes and 30 seconds into the interview Brzezinski glanced at his watch and said, "One...
Tehran Trip Wire
Iran is conducting a proxy war against the United States in Iraq, declared Amb. Ryan Crocker. How? Gen. David Petraeus explained. The Quds Force of the IranianRevolutionary Guard and Hezbollah are arming, training, and directing the Shia militia fighting...
Tehran Trip Wire: Iran Is Conducting a Proxy War against the United States in Iraq, Declared Amb. Ryan Crocker. How? Gen. David Petraeus Explained. the Quds Force of the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah are arming, training, and directing the Shia militia fighting U.S. and Iraqi forces in Basra and firing rockets into the Green Zone. Said Petraeus, the Quds Force is responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers....
What Would George Bailey Do?
Any plan to right the housing market should put families first.HENRY POTTER: Have you put any real pressure on these people of yours to pay those mortgages?PETER BAILEY: Times are bad, Mr. Potter. A lot of these people are out of work.POTTER: Then foreclose!BAILEY:...
What Would George Bailey Do? Any Plan to Right the Housing Market Should Put Families First
HENRY POTTER: Have you put any real pressure on these people of yours to pay those mortgages? PETER BAILEY: Times are bad, Mr. Potter. A lot of these people are out of work. POTTER: Then foreclose! BAILEY: I can't do that. These families have...