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. 9, No. 5, May

A Gem of a State
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am polybiblious--not, I hope, polybilious--in that I often read two books over the same period, alternating as the mood strikes. Seldom are they counterpoints or complements; they are merely the cheerfully incongruous products...
A Gem of a State
I am polybiblious - not, I hope, polybilious - in that I often read two books over the same period, alternating as the mood strikes. Seldom are they counterpoints orcomplements; they are merely the cheerfuUy incongruous products of happenstance. During...
Architect of the Republic
THERE'S ONLY ONE disappointment in the exceptional new show of 31 original Palladio drawings at the Morgan Library, only seen once before in the United States. It's the disappointment that comes with all architectural drawings: not being able to see...
Dear Diary
Feb. 8, 2009: My speech at the Rotary Club of Ulan-Bator about Iran's nuclear ambitions is warmly received. The increasing tension around Iran's situation demands a diplomatic solution. Now is the time for negotiation, goodwill, and ...
Dear Diary
Feb. 8, 2009: My speech at the Rotary Club of Ulan-Bator about Iran's nuclear ambitions is warmly received.The increasing tension around Iran's situation demands a diplomatic solution. Now is the time for negotiation, goodwill, and patience. Yes, the...
Death of the Party
"IT IS A FAR, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." From A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton's words, as he rode the tumbrel to the guillotine, came to mind on reading...
Deep Background
The National Security Council is increasingly concerned that Israel might attempt to involve the United States in a war against Iran. It has gamed two possible scenarios. The first involves a straightforward Israeli air attack on Iranian targets, inviting...
Democracy Delusion
The West's interests aren't always best served by one man, one vote.HOW MANY Islamic republics would you like? How many do you think the world needs? Spreading democracy across the MusUm world - as so many enlightened people say they wish to do - should...
Democracy Delusion: The West's Interests Aren't Always Best Served by One Man, One Vote
HOW MANY Islamic republics would you like? How many do you think the world needs? Spreading democracy across the Muslim world--as so many enlightened people say they wish to do--should certainly increase the number. Yet the enthusiasts for planting...
Graceful Decline
The end of Pax AmericanaTHE liNITED STATES emerged from World War II in a position of global dominance. From this unparalieled military and economic power came a Pax Americana that has endured for more than six decades. It seemed the sun would never...
Graceful Decline: The End of Pax Americana
THE UNITED STATES emerged from World War II in a position of global dominance. From this unparalleled military and economic power came a Pax Americana that has endured for more than six decades. It seemed the sun would never set on the U.S. empire....
Heir to Blair
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Such was David Cameron's poor showing in the polls at the beginning of March that irresponsible elements here began to suggest that Boris Johnson might make a better leader of the Tory Party. You know the guy I mean: Alexander...
Left & Right: Prospects for Peace
A YEAR INTO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, American foreign policy has yet to experience the change for which many progressives--and some conservatives--hoped. Even as U.S. forces remain mired in Iraq, the president has committed more troops to Afghanistan...
Left & Right: Prospects for Peace
A YEAR INTO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, American foreign policy has yet to experience the change for which many progressives - and some conservatives - hoped. Even as U.S. forces remain mired in Iraq, the president has committed more troops to Afghanistan...
Mall of America
Nowhere in D.C. is as exposed as the National Mall. Inside the white-frosting museums are spaceships and a giant porcupine and a firetruck-red Calder hung from the ceiling like playground equipment for alien children. But on the Mall itself, under...
Medical Fascism
On March 21, Congress passed healthcare reform by a seven-vote margin, over the opposition of every Republican in the House and 34 Democrats. Bart Stupak, the antiabortion Democrat from Michigan, was not among the dissenters--his 12th-hour turnabout...
Medical Fascism
[POLITICS]On March 21, Congress passed healthcare reform by a seven-vote margin, over the opposition of every Republican in the House and 34 Democrats. Bart Stupak, the antiabortion Democrat from Michigan, was not among the dissenters-his 12th-hour turnabout...
Normalizing Relations
[this land is whose land?]President Obama's speeches signal a desire to treat Israel like any other country. Now events have converged to test his resolve.PRESIDENT OBAMA has probably studied the first President Bush's standoff with Israel. Then as now,...
Normalizing Relations: President Obama's Speeches Signal a Desire to Treat Israel like Any Other Country. Now Events Have Converged to Test His Resolve
PRESIDENT OBAMA has probably studied the first President Bush's standoff with Israel. Then as now, the issue of contention was Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. George H.W. Bush was hopeful about moving toward a comprehensive...
Old and Right
I do not believe it is a selfish goal for us to insist that the overriding purpose of all American foreign policy should be the maintenance of the liberty and the peace of the people of the United States, so that they may achieve that intellectual...
Out from the Shadows
AIPAC confronts its worst fear: daylightIN THAT RADICAL HANDBOOK on the workings of American society, the Wizard of Oz never recovered once Dorothy pulled back the curtain of her own innocence. One would like to believe that AIPAC will never recover...
Out from the Shadows: AIPAC Confronts Its Worst Fear: Daylight
IN THAT RADICAL HANDBOOK on the workings of American society, the Wizard of Oz never recovered once Dorothy pulled back the curtain of her own innocence. One would like to believe that AIPAC will never recover from a brutal spring that has exposed...
Protect & Serve
The Oath Keepers have more in coirimon with Henry David Thoreau than Timothy McVeigh.MOTHER JONES SAYS they represent "the Age of Treason." Bill O'Reilly beüeves they're "pretty extreme." When Rob Waters of the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote about...
Protect & Serve: The Oath Keepers Have More in Common with Henry David Thoreau Than Timothy McVeigh
MOTHER JONES SAYS they represent "the Age of Treason." Bill O'Reilly believes they're "pretty extreme." When Rob Waters of the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote about the group, he called on the government to "ensure that the armed forces are not inadvertently...
Tolerance Mafia
Who watches the hate watchers?KEN SILVERSTEIN is an unlikely ally for those trying to get control of the nation's borders. A Uberai journalist, he finds the Minutemen "crackpots" and Arizona's immigration-hawk Sheriff Joe Arpaio a "kook" whose activities...
Tolerance Mafia: Who Watches the Hate Watchers?
KEN SILVERSTEIN is an unlikely ally for those trying to get control of the nation's borders. A liberal journalist, he finds the Minutemen "crackpots" and Arizona's immigration-hawk Sheriff Joe Arpaio a "kook" whose activities are "reprehensible." Silverstein's...