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. 3, March

Conservative Minds
Conservative Minds [The Dilemmas of American Conservatism, Kenneth L. Deutsch and F than Fi s h man, eds., University Press of Kentucky, 212 pages]DESPITE THE AMERICAN public's grave concern with the size and scope of government, a concern that sent...
Cpac's Social War
[POLITICS]For 38 years, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D. C. has been the closest thing the vast right-wing conspiracy has to a national convention. There's even a presidential nomination at stake, or at least...
CPAC's Social War
For 38 years, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. has been the closest thing the vast right-wing conspiracy has to a national convention. There's even a presidential nomination at stake, or at least a straw...
Das Capitalist
Das Capitalist [Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, Nicholas Phillipson, Yale, 346 pages]IN THE "OVERTURE" to his grandly symphonic The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, Peter Gay describes the "international type" of the philosophe as a "facile, articulate,...
Deep Background
When a U.S. president and secretary of state feel compelled to speak out about the trial of a foreigner in a foreign court, it must be a matter of vital national interest. Or maybe not. America's own vanishing liberties under Bush-Obama would suggest...
Democracy in Europe
GSTAAD--It seems ironic to be writing about the bureaucratic dictatorship of Europe from this bucolic Alpine village, once upon a time a true paradise on earth but now getting crowded from glitzy nouveaux riches, oil-rich towel-heads, and a few-thank...
Democracy in Europe
GSTAAD - It seems ironic to be writing about the bureaucratic dictatorship of Europe from this bucolic Alpine village, once upon a time a true paradise onearth but now getting crowded from glitzy nouveaux riches, oil-rich towelheads, and a few-thank...
Great Right Hope
Can the GOP's brightest young thing tame the national debt?THIS TIME it will be different. That was the essence of the Republicans' midterm campaign pitch to voters concerned about the breakneck growth of government. The chronic deficits the GOP had...
Great Right Hope: Can the GOP's Brightest Young Thing Tame the National Debt?
THIS TIME it will be different. That was the essence of the Republicans' midterm campaign pitch to voters concerned about the breakneck growth of government. The chronic deficits the GOP had exacerbated by spending money on everything from earmarks...
His Majesty's Birthday
Every year I place a telephone call to my reporting senior, Kaiser Wilhem II, to offer my best wishes on his birthday, January 27. He usually has a surprise waiting. Last year he had just returned from a bombing raid on London in our finest Zeppelin,...
Less Bang for the Buck
Military spending drains and distorts the civilian economyTO GET A SENSE of the impact the U.S. military has on the American economy, we must remember the most important lesson in all of economics: to consider not merely the immediate effects of a proposed...
Less Bang for the Buck: Military Spending Drains and Distorts the Civilian Economy
TO GET A SENSE of the impact the U.S. military has on the American economy, we must remember the most important lesson in all of economics: to consider not merely the immediate effects of a proposed government intervention on certain groups, but also...
Libertarian Left
Free-market anti-capitalism, the unknown idealRON PAUL'S 2008 presidential campaign introduced many people to the word "libertarian." Since Paul is a Republican and Republicans, like libertarians, use the rhetoric of free markets and private enterprise,...
Libertarian Left: Free-Market Anti-Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal
RON PAUL'S 2008 presidential campaign introduced many people to the word "libertarian." Since Paul is a Republican and Republicans, like libertarians, use the rhetoric of free markets and private enterprise, people naturally assume that libertarians...
Little Platoons, Big Society
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The British Conservative Party struggles to be liked. The Tories are the party of common sense, self-interest--and red-faced nastiness. Like George H.W. Bush, they don't do the "vision thing." When Margaret Thatcher said "there...
Meet the Marlboro Man
I recently had lunch with my favorite model. Nah, not Cheryl Tiegs, pin-up girl of many a 1970s lad, but Bill Clune, the fittest-looking 85-year old since--well, since his dad, who lived to a hale 105. Bill rode the whirlwind for a decade, 1955-1965,...
Mr. Natural Rights
Mr. Natural Rights [Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson, Luigi Marco Bassani, Mercer University Press, 277 pages]THE LITERATURE ON JEFFERSON is truly enormous. One need only consult the Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography...
Multiculture War
From Sweden to Switzerland, liberals pushing unfettered irnmigration court a populist backlash.WHEN, ON NOVEMBER 28, the Swiss population voted for the mandatory deportation of foreign citizens convicted of serious crimes, the liberal intelligentsia...
Multiculture War: From Sweden to Switzerland, Liberals Pushing Unfettered Immigration Court a Populist Backlash
WHEN, ON NOVEMBER 28, the Swiss population voted for the mandatory deportation of foreign citizens convicted of serious crimes, the liberal intelligentsia of Europe found itself wrong-footed. It could hardly claim that murderers, rapists, and burglars...
Northern Right
George Grant was the original Red Tory - even if he eschewed the label."THE IMPOSSIBILITY of conservatism in our era is the impossibility of Canada." George Parkin Grant (19181988), the author of this provocative statement, lived a near impossible life....
Northern Right: George Grant Was the Original Red Tory-Even If He Eschewed the Label
"THE IMPOSSIBILITY of conservatism in our era is the impossibility of Canada." George Parkin Grant (19181988), the author of this provocative statement, lived a near impossible life. As a Canadian, he was born in a fragile nation at the crossroads...
Old and Right
It is becoming the dangerous privilege of the United States to display more of the crusading temper than any other country in both its domestic and its foreign policies. Yet if one may properly question the religious crusading of which the French were...
Opera À la Française
Opera à la Française [French Opera: A Short History, Vincent Giroud, Yale, 352 pages]ANYONE PRONE to examining books on classical music must have felt periodic bafflement at how some topics are flogged almost to death - by now there are probably doctoral...
Pastor in Chief
Since the age of live television and radio broadcasts began, American presidents have become increasingly devoted to their role as mourner in chief, a function that Time declared extra-constitutional but "most essential." "The president is not just...
Pastor in Chief
(RELIGION)Since the age of live television and radio broadcasts began, American presidents have become increasingly devoted to their role as mourner in chief, a function that Time declared extra-constitutional but "most essential." "The president is...
Potemkin America
As wages stagnate and unemployment booms, U.S. prosperity appears as illusory as that of the old Soviet Union.IN 1961 I was a member of the student exchange program to the Soviet Union. It was the second year of the exchange and part of a diplomatic...
Potemkin America: As Wages Stagnate and Unemployment Booms, U.S. Prosperity Appears as Illusory as That of the Old Soviet Union
IN 1961 I was a member of the student exchange program to the Soviet Union. It was the second year of the exchange and part of a diplomatic effort to achieve some thaw in the Cold War. There were three groups of us totaling approximately 35 American...
Requiem for a Patriot
"Conservative Tycoon . . . Dies at 95," said the New York Times headline on New Year's Eve about the death of Roger Milliken. Clearly, the headline writer did not know the man.For Roger Milliken exemplified the finest in American free enterprise. He...
Requiem for a Patriot: "Conservative Tycoon ... Dies at 95," Said the New York Times Headline on New Year's Eve about the Death of Roger Milliken. Clearly, the Headline Writer Did Not Know the Man
For Roger Milliken exemplified the finest in American free enterprise. He cared about his workers. He cared about his industry. He cared about his community. He cared about his country. Into his 90s, Roger was holding strategy sessions in Washington...
Soviet Stepchildren
Communism fell, but liberty has yet to arrive in Central Asia.BEYOND, BEHIND, MYSTERIOUS and unvisited, the great expanse of what was once Soviet Central Asia sits ignored somewhere near the end of the world. Its single largest and most important segment...
Soviet Stepchildren: Communism Fell, but Liberty Has Yet to Arrive in Central Asia
BEYOND, BEHIND, MYSTERIOUS and unvisited, the great expanse of what was once Soviet Central Asia sits ignored somewhere near the end of the world. Its single largest and most important segment is the Republic of Kazakhstan, a giant slice of virtually...
The Right Exit
The key policy organization helping America find its way out of the graveyard of empires is the Afghanistan Study Group, led by director Matthew Hoh and Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation. On Jan. 12, the group brought to light two promising...
The Right Exit
[AFGHANISTAN]The key policy organization America find its way out of the yard of empires is the Afghanistan Group, led by director Matthew Hoh Steve Clemons of the New Foundation. On Jan. 12, the brought to light two promising ments by releasing a new...
When a U.S. President and Secretary of State Feel Compelled to Speak out about the Trial of a Foreigner in a Foreign Court, It Must Be a Matter of Vital National Interest
When a U.S. president and secretary of state feel compelled to speak out about the trial of a foreigner in a foreign court, it must be a matter of vital national interest. Or maybe not. America's own vanishing liberties under Bush-Obama would suggest...
Worst and Brightest
Worst and Brightest [Magic and Mag h em: The Delusions of American Foreign Policg From Korea to Afghanistan, Derek Leebaert, Simon 6 Schuster, 33 6 pages]IN THE DECADES SINCE John F. Kennedy's inauguration, foreign-policy experts have become Washington's...
Wreck of the Irish
What America can learn from Ireland's meltdownCOUNTY KILDARE - From Foreign Policy to CBS News, mainstream American voices are now speaking openly about the possibility that the country is headed for a long decline. Depressing though such a discussion...
Wreck of the Irish: What America Can Learn from Ireland's Meltdown
COUNTY KILDARE--From Foreign Policy to CBS News, mainstream American voices are now speaking openly about the possibility that the country is headed for a long decline. Depressing though such a discussion might be, it's necessary. But equally important...