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. 10, No. 11, November

A Divider, Not a Uniter
"Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. "Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's...
American Folk Hero
American Folk Hero Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World, John Szwed, Viking, 448 pagesAll history is biography, it's said, but an individual biography usually shines a mere flashlight on surrounding historical events. John Szwed 's book on Alan...
Crunchy Currency
Communities secede from globalism by making their own money.The recession of the early '90s will probably be remembered by historians as the downturn that cost George H.W. Bush his job. But one day it might also be recognized for spawning a new monetary...
Crunchy Currency: Communities Secede from Globalism by Making Their Own Money
The recession of the early '90s will probably be remembered by historians as the downturn that cost George H.W. Bush his job. But one day it might also be recognized for spawning a new monetary system. At the height of economic anxiety in November...
Garden Statist
Chris Christie is no conservative, but he plays one on TV.I turned on the TV on a recent Saturday evening. On the screen was an actor playing Mitt Romney. Then another guy came on playing Chris Christie. The Christie character got all the laughs. He...
Garden Statist: Chris Christie Is No Conservative, but He Plays One on TV
I turned on the TV on a recent Saturday evening. On the screen was an actor playing Mitt Romney. Then another guy came on playing Chris Christie. The Christie character got all the laughs. He also got to nudge the Romney guy out of the way to announce...
Getting Realist in Washington
Robert Merry takes on The National InterestEvery politico knows K Street, the avenue that is the symbolic center of the Washington lobbying industry. But how many have heard of a small patch north of that broad avenue, the center of the capital's think...
Getting Realist in Washington: Robert Merry Takes on the National Interest
Every politico knows K Street, the avenue that is the symbolic center of the Washington lobbying industry. But how many have heard of a small patch north of that broad avenue, the center of the capital's think tanks and intellectual life? To the northeast...
Greater Israel-Or Peace?
Pathbreaking scholars Norman Finkelstein and John Mearsheimer speak out about the precarious future of the Jewish State.Shortly before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York to seek United Nations recognition of a Palestinian...
Greater Israel-Or Peace? Pathbreaking Scholars Norman Finkelstein and John Mearsheimer Speak out about the Precarious Future of the Jewish State
Shortly before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York to seek United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state, TAC's Scott McConnell sat down with Norman Finkelstein and John Mearsheimer to discuss the deeper currents shaping...
Hail, César Franck
Writing the life of the great Belgian composerThe notion of an 18-year human pregnancy is unknown to medical science. An online search suggests that the longest pregnancy ever recorded was a mere 375 days - in 1945 at a Los Angeles hospital, should you...
Hail, Cesar Franck: Writing the Life of the Great Belgian Composer
The notion of an 18-year human pregnancy is unknown to medical science. An online search suggests that the longest pregnancy ever recorded was a mere 375 days--in 1945 at a Los Angeles hospital, should you care. Nevertheless, if a baby could indeed...
High Life at the Speccie
The Spectator of London is the oldest weekly of the Anglophone world, a jewel of a magazine as distinguished and respected as it is beautifully written. It was first published in 1828, just as modern Greece became a nation, and in a recent speech the...
High Life at the Speccie
The Spectator of London is the oldest weekly of the Anglophone world, a jewel of a magazine as distinguished and respected as it is beautifully written. It was first published in 1828, just as modern Greece became a nation, and in a recent speech the...
Letters
WHAT'S UNDER THE TABLE?I appreciate the amount of thought and research that Ron Unz ("Republicans and the End of White America," October 201 1) puts into his writing. I voted for Mr. Unz in his attempt to get the Republican nomination for governor of...
Out of Time
Before the hits and long decline, R.E.M. remade Southern rock. Thirty-one years. Myriad chart-topping albums and singles. When R.E.M.--the crown jewel of what was, long ago, Athens, Georgia's indie-rock scene--broke up at the end of summer, the...
Rebooting the Republic
Tea Partiers and Rootstrikers call for a constitutional convention."Excuse me," said the man leaning out the window of his SUV. "Is this the way to Harvard Law School?" With a bald spot surrounded by a crown of gray hair, he looked more alumnus than...
Rebooting the Republic: Tea Partiers and Rootstrikers Call for a Constitutional Convention
"Excuse me," said the man leaning out the window of his SUV. "Is this the way to Harvard Law School?" With a bald spot surrounded by a crown of gray hair, he looked more alumnus than student. "I hope so," I replied. The cab driver had dropped me off...
Redford Goes Ron Paul
Even the most dedicated cine-phile may have blinked last spring and missed the brief visit of Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" to the suburban multiplex. The film had a shelf life shorter than a Ding Dong in Chris Christie's pantry. No, I take back...
Ruling the Seas, for Less
America is by geography a maritime state. Even with a vastly shrunken defense budget, we must remain a naval power. Fortunately, we can. We face no serious naval challengers. Only Russia and, prospectively, China have fleets that could contest with...
Slaves to Democracy
Slaves to Democracy The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes The Moral Life, Kenneth Minogue, Encounter, 374 pagesKenneth Minogue is a distinguished figure for serious stuents of political thought. A longtime professor (now emeritus) at the London School...
Steven Pinker's Peace Studies
Steven Pinker's Peace Studies The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker, Viking, 802 pagesReading Steven Pinker's new opus The Better Angels of Our Nature reminds me of how my father taught me one of my oldest - and long...
Teaching the West
What liberal learning means for Europe-and AmericaAlmost 85 years ago, philosophers and literary intellectuals as diverse as Edmund Husserl, George Santayana, and Paul Valéry, aware of the declining influence of Christianity, spoke of the "crisis of...
Teaching the West: What Liberal Learning Means for Europe-And America
Almost 85 years ago, philosophers and literary intellectuals as diverse as Edmund Husserl, George Santayana, and Paul Valery, aware of the declining influence of Christianity, spoke of the "crisis of Western civilization." All three placed their hopes...
The Age of Keynes
The Age of Keynes Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, Sylvia Nasar, Simon & Schuster, 558 pagesIn December 1974, in the midst of the first energy crisis, Friedrich Hayek received the Nobel Prize in Sweden and confessed, "we have little cause...
The Greening of Conservatism
What ever happened to the Birkenstocked Burkeans?Nearly a decade ago, I published a cover story in National Review hailing a subgroup of conservatives I called "crunchy cons." They identified with the cultural and political right, but their skepticism...
The Greening of Conservatism: What Ever Happened to the Birkenstocked Burkeans?
Nearly a decade ago, I published a cover story in National Review hailing a subgroup of conservatives I called "crunchy cons." They identified with the cultural and political right, but their skepticism about the cultural effects of the free market,...
The Successful Assassination of Alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Operative Anwar Al-Awlaki Was Made Possible by Critical Assistance from the Yemeni Intelligence Service
The successful assassination of alleged al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operative Anwar al-Awlaki was made possible by critical assistance from the Yemeni intelligence service. The U.S. had been targeting al-Awlaki for two years but had not been...
Welcome to the Occupation
Wall Street protesters share the Tea Party's illusionsAs I walked toward One Liberty Plaza on the first Friday in October, I thought about the Arcade Fire song "Rococo," in which lead singer Win Butler lambastes "the modern kids" who use "great big words...
Welcome to the Occupation: Wall Street Protesters Share the Tea Party's Illusions
As I walked toward One Liberty Plaza on the first Friday in October, I thought about the Arcade Fire song "Rococo," in which lead singer Win Butler lambastes "the modern kids" who use "great big words that they don't understand" and build up an institution...
Why Palestine Matters
As much as "Seinfeld" or grunge music, al-Qaeda was a phenomenon of the 1990s. That might seem an odd way to describe a group responsible for so much terror in the first decade of the 21st century. Yet it's true: al-Qaeda was an extremist response...
Why Palestine Matters
As much as "Seinfeld" or grunge music, alQaeda was a phenomenon of the 1990s. That might seem an odd way to describe a group responsible for so much terror in the first decade of the 21st century. Yet it's true: al-Qaeda was an extremist response to...
Wrong about the Right
Wrong About the Right The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin, Corey Robin, Oxford University Press, 280 pagesCorey Robin teaches political science at Brooklyn College. He is of the progressive-intellectual tendency. He runs...