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. 5, No. 3, February 13

Americans First
What's best for the citizens we already have?AMERICANS ARE IDEALISTS. This is both one of our glories and curses because it makes us particularly vulnerable to manipulation by self-interested word-spinners. Nowhere is this more evident than in the immigration...
A Night out with the Kennedys
TakiLate in the fall of 1974, the senior senator from Massachusetts, accompanied by his nephew, future Congressman Joe Kennedy, arrived in Athens as guests of the newly installed-following the collapse of the military junta-and democratically elected...
Basketball as It Wasn't
FILM[Glory Road]Basketball As It Wasn'tAT LEAST SINCE 1967's Best Picture-winning "In the Heat of the Night," in which Rod Steiger's bigoted Southern sheriff and Sidney Poitier's angry Northern detective reluctantly team up to solve a murder, movies...
Beyond Sharon
How does one explain the preoccupation of Washington officials and leading news outlets with the health of Ariel Sharon? Consider this sampling of headlines: "Sharon Resumes Breathing, Moves Hand, Leg"; "Sharon Starts Breathing But Still Critical"; "PM's...
Counsels of A Liberal Ex-President
[Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, Jimmy Carter, Simon and Schuster, 213 pages] Counsels of A Liberal Ex-PresidentTO READERS of this magazine, Jimmy Carter may seem like the last person to whom one should look for moral leadership or foreign-policy...
Deep Background
It is an axiom to "follow the money" in terrorist investigations, but in doing so, Scotland Yard's inquiry into the bombing of London's transportation system last July has made a startling discovery. One of the four bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, who...
Eat, Drink, and Buy Merrily
The nonstop party of the Greenspan era was sustained by debt and currency debasement. Bernanke promises more of the same.ALAN GREENSPAN, the most famous public servant since Pontius Pilate, leaves his post on Jan. 31. We stand back in awe and wonder....
Land with No Plants
As manufacturing disappears, towns and lives do too.LAST WEEK, I encountered a friend from high-school days. His name is Bill, and trailing behind him was his young son, who stood by patiently while we spoke. Unlike many of our mutual acquaintances from...
Left Behind
[JUSTICE]The Alito hearings may not have revealed how the judge would rule on the Supreme Court, but they certainly clarified why the Democrats have lost five of the last seven and seven of the last ten presidential elections. Democratic senators gave...
Lumpen Leisure
Bread and circuses ... and jet-skis.AMONG THE MANY wonders and marvels of American life in the 20th century, especially after World War II, when our country ruled much of the world economically, was the astounding rise in standards of living among social...
One Nation, Divisible
[The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future, Juan Enriquez, Crown, 352 pages] One Nation, Divisible"HOW MANY STARS, do you think, will be in the U.S. flag in fifty years?" This is the question posed by Juan Enriquez in The...
Reformers' Roadblock
The Senate is where immigration control goes to die.WHEN THE HOUSE of Representatives decisively passed a stringent immigration-enforcement measure that included a security fence along the southwest border, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) exulted,...
Republic for Sale
[power corrupts]Is Leviathan less injurious just because the GOP feeds him?DESPITE MOUNTING POLICY setbacks and declining public support, until recently the Republican Party stood triumphant. President George W. Bush was re-elected. The GOP strengthened...
TAC to Standard-Challenge Accepted
In the run-up to war in Iraq, The Weekly Standard was the voice of the "cakewalk" crowd clamoring for "Action This Day!" Cawing and cawing, in the end they got, and we got, the war they had craved.No voice in America was more resolute that the war would...
The Devils We Knew
[Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, Robert Dreyfuss, Metropolitan Books, 370 pages] The Devils We KnewTHE TWILIGHT YEARS of the Cold War were a lot of fun for guys like me who imagined that killing a few commies...
The Fire Next Time
Neocons begin their march toward Tehran.IRAN'S RECENT DECISION to break the security seals on its key uranium enrichment facility in Natanz has confirmed the worst fears of intelligence agencies, foreign ministries, military commands, and corporate risk-analysis...