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. 14, July 16

Ambivalent Prophet of Capitalism
Ambivalent Prophet of Capitalism [Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction, Thomas K. McCraw, Belknap/Harvard University Press, 719 pages]WHEN THE HARVARD economist Joseph Schumpeter was writing what would become his best-known...
Are Gazans Now Our Enemies, Too?
In his Second Inaugural, George W. Bush proclaimed the goal he hoped would be his legacy: "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal...
A Righter Shade of Green
[a charge to keep]While the Left pursues environmentalism to advance its global agenda, conservation is best entrusted to local stewardship.CONSERVATISM IS ABOUT preserving intrinsically valuable things - economic capital, social capital, and natural...
Bush against Himself
During his recent trip to Europe, President Bush spoke at a conference of political dissidents in Prague. Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar had organized the event, inviting the "dissident President," as Bush described himself in his speech,...
Containing the Bush Doctrine
[Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror, Ian Shapiro, Princeton University Press, 208 pages]Containing the Bush DoctrineIAN SHAPIRO, the Sterling professor of poUtical science at Yale University and director of the MacMillan Center...
Deep Background
Warren Bamford, the special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Boston, has warned local universities to be on the alert for spies and potential terrorists who might be trying to steal sensitive research information. Bamford's office has met with...
Dream of a Busboy Army
The Pentagon looks south of the border to fill its ranks.IN THE ONGOING immigration debate, amnesty supporters have found an unUkely aUy in the Pentagon. Tucked into the most recent version of the comprehensive immigration reform act is a provision that...
Forum
A SOLDIER REFLECTSRegarding Kara Hopkins's "Stupid Party" (June 18), I too have been thinking about the exchange between Rudy Giuliani and Ron Paul about 9/11. I have been a lifelong Republican and have been a supporter of the war, which I can back up...
Genocide or Civil War?
In Darfur, interventionists have won the name game.THE SIMILARITIES between Iraq and Darfur are remarkable. The estimate of the number of civilians killed over the past three years is similar. The killers are mostly paramilitaries, closely linked to...
Giving Boys Their Mischief-And Manhood
[The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn and Hal lggulden, HarperCollins, 288 pages]Giving Boys Their Mischief-and ManhoodDISCLOSURE-CUM-DISCLAIMER: as a middle-aged, middle-class female, I am the natural enemy of the Boy, the one who torments him to sit still,...
Judge Not, Entertain Not
(A Mighty Heart) Judge Not, Entertain NotTHIRTY SECONDS into Angelina Jolie's explanatory voiceover that opens "A Mighty Heart," the critically acclaimed film about the pregnant wife of the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and beheaded...
Lapdogs of War
[MEDIA]Faced with evidence that the surge in Iraq is not accomplishing its objectives, the Bush administration has launched a new effort to shore up political support for the war. The tactic is linguistic redefinition. Now, instead of fighting Iraqi...
My Body, My Choice
Not all Americans who don't have health insurance need pity - or policy.IF I LIVED IN MASSACHUSETTS, as of July 1, 2007, 1 would be violating the law. That's when the state will require everyone over 18 years old to have health insurance. I don't have...
Reagan Clone Wanted
Conservative convictions not required. Fred Thompson seems to fit.WHO IS THE NEXT Ronald Reagan? That is the question the ten RepubUcan presidential candidates tried to answer in their first debate, held (where else?) at the Reagan Ubrary. The Gipper's...
Six Days-And 40 Years
In 1967, Israel won Jerusalem, defeated its enemies, and expanded its borders. It has not recovered since."IT WAS ISRAEL'S LAST WAR, and that means that you guys won't have to fight in another war with the Arabs." Mr. Arbel, our geography teacher sounded...
Skip out, Snort Up
[2008]June dealt the Giuliani campaign a onetwo punch. First newspapers reported that the "Mayor of 9/11" had skipped out on the meetings of the Iraq Study Group because they interfered with his publicspeaking schedule. After Giuliani begged off two...
The Bosnian Connection
The civil war that inspired both liberal hawks and Islamist jihadisIN A RECENT Vanity Fair feature, Christopher Hitchens bemoaned the transformation of London into "Londonistan." He wrote about Finsbury Park, a shabby, multicultural corner of the capital,...
The Knighting of a Spoiled Brat
Americans are bad about European titles, especially British ones. And by bad, I mean good. After all, they fought a Revolutionary War in order not to have to call, say, Bill Gates "Lord Gates," or my old buddy Harvey Weinstein, "Sir Harvey."A sir is...