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. 12, June 16

Against Abstraction
DEEP INTO THIS wide-ranging collection, Michael Walzer, long an editor of Dissent and one of the leading philosophers of the Left, addresses the question of dirty hands in political action. His essay, first presented as a lecture in 1971, is eerily...
Against Abstraction
[Thinking Politically: Essays in Political Theory, Michael Walzer, Yale University Press, 333 pages] Against AbstractionBy Gerald J. RusselleDEEP INTO THIS wide-ranging collection, Michael Walzer, long an editor of Dissent and one of the leading philosophers...
Age before Beauty
ON THE LAST DAY OF MAY, my younger son was flipping through the movie section of the newspaper when he looked up with sad eyes. "All month, we had good movies--'Iron Man,' 'Speed Racer,' 'Prince Caspian,' 'Indiana Jones'--but then ... this," he intoned,...
Children of '68
De Gaulle restored order, but the radicals won.IN ONE CORNER, a 77-year-old general from an old aristocratic family, a war hero, and the ruler of his country for the past ten years. In the other, a red-headed young anarchist, preaching the language of...
Children of '68: De Gaulle Restored Order, but the Radicals Won
IN ONE CORNER, a 77-year-old general from an old aristocratic family, a war hero, and the ruler of his country for the past ten years. In the other, a red-headed young anarchist, preaching the language of liberation and revolution. Charles de Gaulle...
Deep Background
Intelligence analysts who have briefed Sen. John McCain on international issues generally report that he is not very knowledgeable about most parts of the world, despite of his years of experience in government and his campaign's insistence that one...
Forum
RETURNING FIRECapt. Dave Livingston unloaded on you because no one "in your shop had ever borne a rifle on one of America's battlefields" and it takes "gall" for you "to moan about the activities of men committed to a battlefield in the defense of this...
Hers to Lose
As the final primary returns came in, cable talkers spared no superlatives in marking the Obama Moment. "Breathtaking," "profound," no less significant than the moon landing. One host pronounced himself "tingly," another teared up. Meanwhile, Hillary...
Hers to Lose
[ELECTION]As the final primary returns came in, cable talkers spared no superlatives in marking the Obama Moment. "Breathtaking," "profound," no less significant than the moon landing. One host pronounced himself "tingly," another teared up.Meanwhile,...
Keeping Up with Jones
The North Carolina congressman shows that antiwar conservatives can win-for now.LATE LAST YEAR, Walter Jones looked like he might lose his seat in Congress. The seven-term Republican's emergence as a fierce critic of the Iraq War had angered some erstwhile...
Keeping Up with Jones: The North Carolina Congressman Shows That Antiwar Conservatives Can Win-For Now
LATE LAST YEAR, Walter Jones looked like he might lose his seat in Congress. The seven-term Republican's emergence as a fierce critic of the Iraq War had angered some erstwhile supporters back home. He had a serious primary opponent in Onslow County...
Lieberman's Revenge
If the Connecticut hawk can't convert the Democrats, he'll take them down.JOSEPH LIEBERMAN was once at home in the Democratic Party. He won his Connecticut state senate seat in 1970 as a Democrat, rising to majority leader. Then he won the attorney generalship...
Lieberman's Revenge: If the Connecticut Hawk Can't Convert the Democrats, He'll Take Them Down
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN was once at home in the Democratic Party. He won his Connecticut state senate seat in 1970 as a Democrat, rising to majority leader. Then he won the attorney generalship in 1982, where he stayed until his U.S. Senate victory. His friends...
Love Your Neighborhood
As climbing energy prices make sprawl increasingly unaffordable, Americans are rethinking the way we live. But current urban planning allows few choices.I often think it's comicalHow Nature always does contriveThat ev'ry boy and ev'iy galThat's born...
Love Your Neighborhood: As Climbing Energy Prices Make Sprawl Increasingly Unaffordable, Americans Are Rethinking the Way We Live. but Current Urban Planning Allows Few Choices
I often think it's comical How Nature always does contrive That ev'ry boy and ev'ry gal That's born into the world alive is either a little Liberal Or else a little Conservative --Iolanthe JUST AS IT IS WITH PEOPLE, so it is with issues. For...
Moscow Hangover
Soviet Communism no longer enslaves Russia, but the West has yet to exorcise Lenin's ghost.WHAT A PITY it is that there will be no new Cold War. How useful it would be for the cause of freedom if we could once again hang the Kremlin and the Gulag round...
Moscow Hangover: Soviet Communism No Longer Enslaves Russia, but the West Has Yet to Exorcise Lenin's Ghost
WHAT A PITY it is that there will be no new Cold War. How useful it would be for the cause of freedom if we could once again hang the Kremlin and the Gulag round the radical Left's neck. But we cannot. The Kremlin is now swept clean of dogma, the Gulag...
On This Rock
[Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, Daniel Radosh, Scribner, 320 pages] On This RockBy Peter SndermanTHE BACK FLAP of Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel World of Christian Pop Culture notes that author...
Present at the Destruction
[What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, Scott McClellan, Public Affairs, 368 pages] Present at the DestructionBy Lean HadarIN ROBERT PENN WARREN'S AU the King's Men, Jack Burden, a young and idealistic political...
Rogue Notions
Democracy is still a revolutionary idea-that's the problem.IT WOULD BE WRONG to imagine that while Republicans are driven by their desire to transform those who are not like us politically and culturally, their Democratic opposition holds radically different...
Rogue Notions: Democracy Is Still a Revolutionary Idea-That's the Problem
IT WOULD BE WRONG to imagine that while Republicans are driven by their desire to transform those who are not like us politically and culturally, their Democratic opposition holds radically different premises. Both national parties, and even two publications...
The Big Muddy
All night it rained in Jocotepec, my small town in Mexico. Rain isn't unusual, but this was different. It was heavy. It didn't stop. Come morning, my wife and I looked out the window and saw inches of brown water sluicing down the sloping street from...
The Incredible Shrinking President
After losing both houses of Congress in the 1994 election, Bill Clinton expostulated: The president of the United States is not irrelevant.On learning his trusted aide from Texas Scott McClellan has denounced as an "unnecessary war" the same Iraq War...
The Incredible Shrinking President: After Losing Both Houses of Congress in the 1994 Election, Bill Clinton Expostulated: The President of the United States Is Not Irrelevant
On learning his trusted aide from Texas Scott McClellan has denounced as an "unnecessary war" the same Iraq War McClellan defended from the White House podium, George W. Bush must feel as Clinton did. The synchronized savagery of the attacks on...
Wrong about the Right
GEORGE PACKER'S New Yorker article declaring the "fall of conservatism" mistakes the failures of the Republican Party and institutional conservatism for a broader bankruptcy of conservative ideas. Describing the collapse of Republican political strength...