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. 5, March 1

44 Years of 3-Minute Poems
[Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else, Thomas M. Kitts, Routledge, 302 pages.] 44 Years of 3-Minute PoemsBy Jesse WalkerWHEN THE KINKS recorded The Village Green Preservation Society in 1968, the north London quartet was not trying to create a commercial...
Bloody Borders
On his African tour, President Bush deplored the genocide in Rwanda, defended his refusal to send U.S. troops to Darfur, and decried the ethnic slaughter in Kenya.Following a fraudulent election, the Kikyu, the dominant tribe in Kenya, have been subjected...
Bull in the China Shop
The U.S. is betting that a rich PRC will be democratic. Beijing disagrees.TWO BETS ARE ON THE TABLE. One has been placed by the Washington establishment, the other by the Chinese Communist Party.Analyzing China's prospects in terms of fashionable globalist...
Cheering for Doomsday
[Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism, Victoria Clark, Yale University Press, 331 pages] Cheering for DoomsdayBy Doug BaudowAMERICANS LIKE TO THINK of themselves as sui generis, and Christian Zionism is an important aspect of American...
Deep Background
The Central Intelligence Agency's failure to set up effective mechanisms that enable officers to encounter hostile targets overseas has meant that, in spite of seven years of trying, there has been little progress in recruiting among terrorists or weapons...
Four Score
Failure to join the European Union hasn't harmed the holdouts."THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY." The favorite refrain of totalitarians throughout history is now uttered by the serial globalizers who insist that membership in sovereignty-sapping bodies such as...
Home Movies
FILM[Be Kind Rewind]Home MoviesA NEW SATIRICAL WEBSITE called "Stuff White People Like, " which offers dead-on deadpan analyses of status symbols among the under-40 white middle class, has earned 3 million visits in the last ten days. Listed along with...
In Search of Moderate Islam
[Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Ian Buruma, Penguin, 288 pages]In Search of Moderate IslamBy Mary WakifieldTHE PROBLEM with almost everyone writing about Islam and the West, and how the two can best co-exist,...
Is Brown the New Black?
Assimilating Latinos into the politics of victimhood.THE SLUGFEST between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in which only the most painstaking analyst can discern any disagreement over policy, highlights the ancient yet growing importance of ethnic identity...
Kosovo Powder Keg
Ten years ago, the Kosovo Liberation Army, an Albanian paramilitary organization, launched its rebellion against the Yugoslav government and was duly labeled a terroristgroup by the U.S. government. Last month, the Albanian majority of Kosovo declared...
Model Citizens
Beyond the realist vs. idealist divideTHE DEBATE OVER the Iraq War has been portrayed as a clash between realists and idealists. According to this popular plotline, realists pursue security policy based on hard national interest, whereas idealists are...
Obama's Israel Test
Is the lobby losing its grip?LAYING THE GROUNDWORK for abold presidential bid, the young Democratic senator set up a meeting with a key leader of the Jewish community. He had won substantial Jewish support in his home state, but as a first termer, he...
Oil for War
After invading one of the most petroleum-rich countries on earth, the U.S. military is running on empty.NAPOLEON FAMOUSLY SAID that an army marches on its stomach. That may have been true for his 19th-century force. But the modern American military runs...
The McCain Court
Appointing conservative judges would undermine the maverick's legislative legacy.THE PROSPECT of overturning Roe v. Wade may be only incentive powerful enough to turn a disillusioned conservative into a motivated McCain voter this November. After the...
Why Blame Mexico?
To grasp American immigration policy, one needs only remember that the United States frowns on smoking while subsidizing tobacco growers.We say to impoverished Mexicans, "see this river? Don't cross it. If you do, we'll give you good jobs, drivers licenses,...