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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. 10, October

Autumn of Discontent
Things are heating up in the Old Continent after a boiling summer. October will be the cruelest month, as the poet didn't exactly say, and it might also be crunch time. Europe is totally broke except for the Germans, who finally have the opportunity...
Autumn of Discontent
Things are heating up in the Old Continent after a boiling summer. October will be the cruelest month, as the poet didn't exactly say, and it might also be crunch time. Europe is totally broke except for the Germans, who finally have the opportunity...
Baby Boomers Make Their Marx
Baby Boomers Make Their Marx Why Marx Was Right, Terry Eagletoti, Yale University Press, 272 pagesIn February 2009, near the low point of the financial crisis, Karl Marx made the cover of Time-or at least its European edition-for the first time since...
Borderline Delight
Utopia has no checkpoints-and that's a shame.Here I am again at border control as a lady with epaulettes, savagely bleached hair, and a large peaked cap glares first at me and then at my passport. Then she glares at me again. Then she looks in the angled...
Borderline Delight: Utopia Has No Checkpoints-And That's a Shame
Here I am again at border control as a lady with epaulettes, savagely bleached hair, and a large peaked cap glares first at me and then at my passport. Then she glares at me again. Then she looks in the angled mirror behind me, to check on the back...
Cobblestone Conservative
How Jane Jacobs saved New York City's soulNEW YORK-E.B. White claimed that this city could absorb anything without inflicting the event on its inhabitants, even a thousand-foot ocean liner. As he wrote those words, New York was in fact absorbing hundreds...
Cobblestone Conservative: How Jane Jacobs Saved New York City's Soul
NEW YORK--E.B. White claimed that this city could absorb anything without inflicting the event on its inhabitants, even a thousand-foot ocean liner. As he wrote those words, New York was in fact absorbing hundreds of oceans liners. They were not, as...
Contrary to Mainstream Media Reports, the Threat That Al-Qaeda Was Prepared to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Events with a Truck Bombing in Washington And/or New York, Executed by One or Possibly Two Terrorists Holding American Passports, Never Came from a CIA Source
It was based on what is referred to as chatter picked up by National Security Agency off an email from one unknown party to another and was never confirmed by human intelligence or additional electronic intercepts. There was never a human source that...
End of the Page
Congress discards tradition for touchscreen democracy.In the screenplay of the 1939 Frank Capra classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" a congressional page leads hero Jimmy Stewart to his desk on the Senate floor. "The page boys are the only real class...
End of the Page: Congress Discards Tradition for Touchscreen Democracy
In the screenplay of the 1939 Frank Capra classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" a congressional page leads hero Jimmy Stewart to his desk on the Senate floor. "The page boys are the only real class we have in this place," he tells the new senator...
Habits of Failure
Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, "Eurocommunism" is finally gone. From the dictionary, that is. The word wasn't a term of abuse coined by right-wing talk radio to describe Scandinavian social democracy. Rather it was, as Canadian columnist...
Habits of Failure
Twenty years after the end of the Soviet Union, "Eurocommunism" is finally gone. From the dictionary, that is. The word wasn't a term of abuse coined by right-wing talk radio to describe Scandinavian social democracy. Rather it was, as Canadian columnist...
Hollywood Left Behind
Stephen Colbert's truthiness will set you free.Poor Daryl Hannah. For all of her trouble getting arrested in front of the White House on Aug. 30, she received with nothing but a few tepid "Splash" references and was the butt of a joke in Washington's...
Hollywood Left Behind: Stephen Colbert's Truthiness Will Set You Free
Poor Daryl Hannah. For all of her trouble getting arrested in front of the White House on Aug. 30, she received with nothing but a few tepid "Splash" references and was the butt of a joke in Washington's newspaper of record. Doesn't the former 1980s...
How to Live Forever
How to Live Forever The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, John Gray, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 273 pagesJohn Gray is an interesting if elusive figure. He was an advocate of the New Right in Britain in the 1980s...
Letters
A TIME TO KILLI appreciated John Roddens irenic review of George Orwell's "A Hanging" ("View to a Kill," Sept. 2011). I had never read Orwell's essay, and Rodden prompted me to find it and read it: marvelously written, poignant, haunting. It stays with...
Middle East Empire: The Prequel
Middle East Empire: The Prequel The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Jonathan Schneer, Random House, 464 pagesGood morning America! It's a new day in the Middle East as the Arab Spring-now the Arab Autumn-opens uncharted...
Ralph Nader's Grand Alliance
Progressives find hope-in Ron Paul.It's no secret that Ralph Nader has held the Democratic Party establishment in low regard for decades now: the marginally more palatable alternative in an ugly duopoly, he claims, is still quite ugly. But lately Nader's...
Ralph Nader's Grand Alliance: Progressives Find Hope-In Ron Paul
It's no secret that Ralph Nader has held the Democratic Party establishment in low regard for decades now: the marginally more palatable alternative in an ugly duopoly, he claims, is still quite ugly. But lately Nader's disdain has reached a new high....
Ravel Rousing
Ravel Rousing Ravel: A Life, Roger Nichols, Yale University Press, 430 pagesChesterton once wrote that Spenser and Keats "had a mysterious incapacity for writing bad poetry." Of Joseph-Maurice Ravel (he soon consigned the name "Joseph" to oblivion) it...
Remembrance of Things Blessed
Remembrance of Things Blessed Augustine's Confessions: A Biography, Garry Wills, Princeton University Press, 166 pagesAugustine wrote 5 million words that have come down to us, Garry Wills reports with the appropriate tone of astonishment. He notes that...
Republicans and the End of White America
What immigration means for the GOP-and our national prosperityLast June the U.S. Census disclosed that non-white births in America were on the verge of surpassing the white total and might do so as early as the end of this year. Such an event marks an...
Republicans and the End of White America: What Immigration Means for the GOP-And Our National Prosperity
Last June the U.S. Census disclosed that nonwhite births in America were on the verge of surpassing the white total and might do so as early as the end of this year. Such an event marks an unprecedented racial watershed in American history. Over the...
Reshaping the Pentagon
The systemic crisis now beginning to engulf the United States, Europe, and the global economy will bring drastic cuts in our defense spending. There is no other way to balance the federal budget without raising taxes. In this and the next four On War...
Suicide of a Superpower
Will democracy survive the debt and dependence it fosters?This generation of Americans has been witness to one of the most stunning declines of a great power in the history of the world.In 2000, the United States ran a surplus. In 2009, it ran a deficit...
The Last Picture Show
Another summer has slipped away, he said in melancholic stupor. Thank God for the hardy perennials, led off by our baseball Muckdogs, who finished below .500, but who really cares about the score as long as one hears the crack of bat and sees the flash...
Thinking Inside the Big Box
Borders was a place to read, discover a band, and fall in love.Ma'am, I'm sorry to say that the way things are, our customer service isn't what it used to be," said the haggard twentysomething. "We can't locate books in the store the way we used to."The...
Thinking Inside the Big Box: Borders Was a Place to Read, Discover a Band, and Fall in Love
"Ma'am, I'm sorry to say that the way things are, our customer service isn't what it used to be," said the haggard twentysomething. "We can't locate books in the store the way we used to." The mean old lady pointed at his face. "You're not doing...