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. 8, No. 5, March 9

A Modern Burke
Lionel Trilling was also a liberal reformer of conservative temperment.IN THE FALL OF 1951, I began my senior year at Columbia University and signed up for Lionel Trilling's course in 19th-century English literature. It met on the fourth floor of Hamilton...
A Modern Burke: Lionel Trilling Was Also a Liberal Reformer of Conservative Temperament
IN THE FALL OF 1951, I began my senior year at Columbia University and signed up for Lionel Trilling's course in 19th-century English literature. It met on the fourth floor of Hamilton Hall, on the north side of Van Amringe quadrangle, the leafy and...
Burdening Israel
The weight of being the bulwark of civilization(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)IT IS A "beleaguered, courageous little democratic upholder of freedom and enlightenment." It is defending "the modern world and its achievements" and "the very...
Burdening Israel: The Weight of Being the Bulwark of Civilization
IT IS A "beleaguered, courageous little democratic upholder of freedom and enlightenment." It is defending "the modern world and its achievements" and "the very future of our species." It stands on "the side of morality, justice, and civilization,"...
Deep Background
America's failure at "public diplomacy" is rooted in the misperception that the United States' foreign policy is fundamentally sound and only needs explaining to the huddled masses longing to be free. This decision to rely on propaganda rather than...
Hablas McCarthyism?
Open borders, closed debateBY ALMOST ANY objective measure, proponents of "comprehensive" immigration reform should be feeling confident With Democrats contiolling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and the enforcement-first House Republicans reduced to...
Hablas McCarthyism? Open Borders, Closed Debate
BY ALMOST ANY objective measure, proponents of "comprehensive" immigration reform should be feeling confident. With Democrats controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue and the enforcement-first House Republicans reduced to a tiny, ineffectual rump,...
Health of the State
The president's plan for your medical recordsTHE COMPUTERIZATION of personal healthcare records is one of the showpieces of the new stimulus bill. President Obama promised, "We will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five...
Health of the State: The President's Plan for Your Medical Records
THE COMPUTERIZATION of personal healthcare records is one of the showpieces of the new stimulus bill. President Obama promised, "We will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years all of America's medical records are...
Higher Law
Will states' rights go up in smoke?THINGS SEEMED to be going very wrong for the state medical-marijuana movement Two days after Barack Obama was sworn in, federal agents began a series of raids on licensed cannabis dispensaries and growers in California...
Higher Law: Will States' Rights Go Up in Smoke?
THINGS SEEMED to be going very wrong for the state medical-marijuana movement. Two days after Barack Obama was sworn in, federal agents began a series of raids on licensed cannabis dispensaries and growers in California and Colorado--something Obama...
Implausible Deniability
Call him a chickenhawk if you will--we certainly do--but Richard Perle must have cojones of solid brass to think he could get away with his Feb. 19 remarks at the Nixon Center. "Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence," ran the headline over Dana Milbank's...
Implausible Deniability
[NEOCONS]Call him a chickenhawk if you will - we certainly do - but Richard Perle must have cojones of solid brass to think he could get away with his Feb. 19 remarks at the Nixon Center. "Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence," ran the headline over...
In These Times
A long, long time ago, when I was only 44, I spent a week in New York hawking around a dummy for a new daily newspaper to take on the New York Times. It's a good thing you are only young once. I had the support of one or two hopeless romantics,...
Plain Right
[good governor]Will Mr. Sanford go to Washington?MARK SANFORD is easy to overlook. If Republicans need a champion in the Obama era, there are more colorful candidates than the South Carolina governor. He doesn't play electric bass, or to the Religious...
Plain Right: Will Mr. Sanford Go to Washington?
MARK SANFORD is easy to overlook. If Republicans need a champion in the Obama era, there are more colorful candidates than the South Carolina governor. He doesn't play electric bass, or to the Religious Right, like Mike Huckabee. He has made no attempt...
Playing Defense
Cutting military spending is politically unpopular, but more dollars don't make a better Army.UNTIL LAST SUMMER, just about everyone on Wall Street was dismissing the indicators of coming financial collapse. Similarly, no one in the lobbyistinfested...
Playing Defense: Cutting Military Spending Is Politically Unpopular, but More Dollars Don't Make a Better Army
UNTIL LAST SUMMER, just about everyone on Wall Street was dismissing the indicators of coming financial collapse. Similarly, no one in the lobbyist-infested halls of Congress and the Pentagon wants to see the signposts of our impending defense meltdown....
The Martyr of Castro Street
LAST NOVEMBER, Barack Obama's name on the ballot brought to the California polls unusually large numbers of fans of Tyler Perry's "Madea" movies, who stuck around to vote against gay marriage. Shocked, California's liberals quickly settled upon more...
Unnatural Disaster
How the Fed creates booms and bustsWE ACCEPT AS A FACT of economic life that plush times inevitably give way to lean times. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, the economy goes through booms and busts.Median home price increased by 150 percent from August...
Unnatural Disaster: How the Fed Creates Booms and Busts
WE ACCEPT AS A FACT of economic life that plush times inevitably give way to lean times. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, the economy goes through booms and busts. Median home price increased by 150 percent from August 1998 to August 2006. Over...