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. 6, No. 22, November 19

Attack Bush, Not History
Daniel Larison's piece on the alleged Armenian "genocide" was a huge disappointment to me (Nov. 5). I had come to expect a respect for historical exactitude from The American Conservative. As Larison notes, the historical debate is complex, more...
Big Ideas Need Small Places
[Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations, John Ryan, George Dunford, and Simon Sellars, Lonely Planet, 156 pages] Big Ideas Need Small PlacesBy Jasse WalkerThe patriot never under any circumstances boasts of the largeness of his country,...
California Schemin'
Don't like losing elections? Change the rules.LET'S SAY YOU'RE A diehard GOP activist and you realize that the Republican Party has become irrelevant in the nation's most populous state, so much so that the GOP candidate-any GOP presidential candidate-has...
California Schemin': Don't like Losing Elections? Change the Rules
LET'S SAY YOU'RE A diehard GOP activist and you realize that the Republican Party has become irrelevant in the nation's most populous state, so much so that the GOP candidate--any GOP presidential candidate--has no chance of winning the state's 55...
Deep Background
Washington's frantic efforts to stop a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq might well be too little and too late because Ankara is well aware that Vice President Dick Cheney and his neoconservative allies have been deliberately blocking efforts to control...
Discounting Values Voters
Christian conservatives invite the candidates to ignore their demands.IN AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY nervous speech to the Values Voters Summit, Rudy Giuliani nearly flubbed his most important line: "I've made a commitment to decrease adoptions and increase..."...
Discounting Values Voters: Christian Conservatives Invite the Candidates to Ignore Their Demands
IN AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY nervous speech to the Values Voters Summit, Rudy Giuliani nearly flubbed his most important line: "I've made a commitment to decrease adoptions and increase ..." He paused awkwardly then took a breath, collecting himself:...
Forum
ATTACK BUSH, NOT HISTORYDaniel Larison's piece on the alleged Armenian "genocide" was a huge disappointment to me (Nov. 5). I had come to expect a respect for historical exactitude from The American Conservative.As Larison notes, the historical debate...
Getting Lost on Utopia Highway
[Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, by John Gray; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 229 pages] Getting Lost on Utopia HighwayBy R.J. StovaTO PRAISE A WRITER on American foreign affairs for being adult might seem a backhanded compliment...
Hired Guns
While the volunteer Army struggles, the business of war booms.THE ARMED security contractor in Iraq makes an appearance on the collective American radar only when events get so ugly they won't go away: the charred bodies of four Blackwater guards swinging...
Hired Guns: While the Volunteer Army Struggles, the Business of War Booms
THE ARMED security contractor in Iraq makes an appearance on the collective American radar only when events get so ugly they won't go away: the charred bodies of four Blackwater guards swinging from a Fallujah bridge in 2004, the 17 civilians reportedly...
Intelligence Officials Are Becoming Increasingly Concerned over the Changing Nature of Suicide Bombing
Intelligence officials are becoming increasingly concerned over the changing nature of suicide bombing. Nearly half of all suicide attackers are now women and children, and security forces are having difficulty mounting an effective defense against...
Osama's Man in America
His job: keep the Viagra and the gossip flowing while praying for a Giuliani victory.The following document was obtained by a small private intelligence company, located at a (secret) address in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that monitors Islamic terrorist...
Osama's Man in America: His Job: Keep the Viagra and the Gossip Flowing While Praying for a Giuliani Victory
The following document was obtained by a small private intelligence company, located at a (secret) address in Chevy Chase, Maryland, that monitors Islamic terrorist groups. It followed a year-long surveillance operation that intercepted (secret) messages...
Pakistan's It Girl
Can Benazir Bhutto hold her country together?IT TOOK ONE suicide bombing in Karachi to undermine the short-lived political marriage of convenience that Washington engineered between Pakistan's embattled president, Pervez Musharraf, and former prime minister,...
Pakistan's It Girl: Can Benazir Bhutto Hold Her Country Together?
IT TOOK ONE suicide bombing in Karachi to undermine the short-lived political marriage of convenience that Washington engineered between Pakistan's embattled president, Pervez Musharraf, and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. The Musharraf government...
Past the Peak
The signs were there, but Americans drove right by.IN SO FAR as it epitomizes everything that is grotesquely out of whack with American living arrangements, Houston was the perfect place for the big "peak oil" conference of the year. The 500 or so attending-geologists,...
Past the Peak: The Signs Were There, but Americans Drove Right By
IN SO FAR as it epitomizes everything that is grotesquely out of whack with American living arrangements, Houston was the perfect place for the big "peak oil" conference of the year. The 500 or so attending--geologists, oil industry execs, economists,...
Political Science
We would be remiss if we didn't comment on the ritual humiliation of James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize in 1953, shared with two others, for discovering the structure of DNA, and has since been the guiding force behind one of America's most important...
Political Science
[CULTURE]We would be remiss if we didn't comment on the ritual humiliation of James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize in 1953, shared with two others, for discovering the structure of DNA, and has since been the guiding force behind one of America's most...
Prisoners in Camp Kim
Strange, secretive, and desperately poor, North Korea tests the limits of social control.PYONGYANG-Here is the locked ward of the political asylum, the place where politics has actually become an official state religion, and power is worshipped, directly...
Prisoners in Camp Kim: Strange, Secretive, and Desperately Poor, North Korea Tests the Limits of Social Control
PYONGYANG -- Here is the locked ward of the political asylum, the place where politics has actually become an official state religion, and power is worshipped, directly and literally, in the form of a colossal bronze idol to which the people come and...
Term Limits
During the week of Oct. 22-26, David Horowitz and an alliance of conservative organizations sponsored a series of lectures and protests at universities around the United States to draw attention to "Islamofascism." Just in time for this "Islamofascism...
The Fixer Is In
[Michael Clayton] LAST YEAR, "NBC Nightly News" edited a segment to make it appear that I was debating George Clooney over whether moviegoers were interested in his social conscience. As an admittedly biased observer of the dispute, I'd say that...
The Gospel According to Gerson
BOOKS [Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Heed to Embrace America's Ideals, Michael J. Gerson, HarperOne, 292 pages] The Gospel According to GersonBy Kara HopkinsIF YOU RECOGNIZE Michael Gerson's name, it's because he wasn't very good at his job. The...
The Schwarzenegger Doctrine
News item, Oct. 27, 2007--Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today spoke of the arsonists who set killer brushfire blazes in California: "We will hunt down the people that are responsible for that." In addition, Schwarzenegger expressed special thanks to President...
Warmed-Over Globalism
The scaremongers are not always wrong. The Trojans should have listened to Cassandra. But history shows that the scaremongers are usually wrong.Parson Malthus predicted mass starvation 250 years ago, as the population was growing geometrically, doubling...
Warmed-Over Globalism: The Scaremongers Are Not Always Wrong. the Trojans Should Have Listened to Cassandra. but History Shows That the Scaremongers Are Usually Wrong
Parson Malthus predicted mass starvation 250 years ago, as the population was growing geometrically, doubling each generation, while agricultural production was going arithmetically, by 2 percent or so a year. But today, with perhaps 1 percent of our...