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. 5, May

Bachmann Country
How evangelicals remade the Midwestern right"IT'S A FREE COUNTRY," said Tim Pawlenty, shrugging when asked about fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann's potential candidacy in the 2012 presidential race. "Anyone can run who is over the age of 35. I have...
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Bachmann Country: How Evangelicals Remade the Midwestern Right
"IT'S A FREE COUNTRY," said Tim Pawlenty, shrugging when asked about fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann's potential candidacy in the 2012 presidential race. "Anyone can run who is over the age of 35. I have respect for Michele Bachmann. I've had a...
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Cry Uncle, Sam
OK, let's take it from the top: After the Ottomans were kicked out of the Arab world in 1918, the Brits and the French took over. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel's protector, Uncle Sam, confirmed his position as the Middle East's big cheese. Yet...
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Cry Uncle, Sam
OK, let's take it from the top: After the Ottomans were kicked out of the Arab world in 1918, the Brits and the French took over. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel'sprotector, Uncle Sam, confirmed his position as the Middle East's big cheese. Yet no...
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Deep Background
The real mystery surrounding the Raymond Davis affair in Pakistan is why the United States government is counterproductively expending so much energy to free the CIA operative accused of shooting two men at a traffic stop. Davis should have been quietly...
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Did Trotsky Tweet?
BOOKS Did Trotsky Tweet? [The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Evgeny Morozov, PublicAffairs, 408 pages]PUBLISHED JUST A MONTH before Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak was deposed in an Internet-boosted revolt, The Net Delusion might seem...
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Forum
TRUE NORTHTheodore Dalrymple ("Multiculture War," March 2011) gives us a wholly inaccurate understanding of Canada's immigration policy, which cannot pass without correction.Canada does not, through immigration, "pursue its national interest with shrewdness."...
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Generation Liberty
The young right turns to classical liberalism.THE NEW LIBERTARIAN youth movement abounds with energy and brazenness, and it has already outraged the Beltway right CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., is no longer...
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Generation Liberty: The Young Right Turns to Classical Liberalism
THE NEW LIBERTARIAN youth movement abounds with energy and brazenness, and it has already outraged the Beltway right. CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., is no longer safe for Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld,...
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Illiberal Islam
Arab protesters demand democracy - but not secularism.THE ARAB WORLD'S unrest has brought forth gushing, rather adolescent analysis about what the region will look like a year or more hence. Americans have decided that these upheavals have everything...
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Illiberal Islam: Arab Protesters Demand Democracy-But Not Secularism
THE ARAB WORLD'S unrest has brought forth gushing, rather adolescent analysis about what the region will look like a year or more hence. Americans have decided that these upheavals have everything to do with the advent of liberalism, secularism, and...
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Jefferson's Mistake
Jefferson's Mistake [The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution, Jack P. Greene, Cambridge, 198 pages]HISTORY, IF YOU SUBSCRIBE to the wit of Mark Twain, doesn't repeat, it rhymes. If you prefer the wisdom of William Faulkner, history doesn't...
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Less Perfect Unions
Collective bargaining turns teachers into teamsters.PROBABLY BECAUSE of a career spent toiling financial journalism - where being wrong matters, unlike in political journalism - I've grown very fond of Stein's Law. Formulated by the late economist Herb...
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Less Perfect Unions: Collective Bargaining Turns Teachers into Teamsters
PROBABLY BECAUSE of a career spent toiling financial journalism--where being wrong matters, unlike in political journalism--I've grown very fond of Stein's Law. Formulated by the late economist Herb Stein, it states: "If something can't go on forever,...
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Lives of the Mind
Lives of the Mind [Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche, James Miller, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 432 pages]Examined Lives is an effort to reacquaint modern readers with an ancient notion of philosophy that has been largely lost to our view: that...
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Mr. Buckley Goes to Washington
Mr. Buckley Goes to Washington [Freedom at Risk: Reflections on Politics, Liberty and the State, James L. Buckley, Encounter, 294 pages]HISTORIANS OF AMERICAN conservatism pass too readily over James BucMey and his 1971-77 tenure in the U.S. Senate....
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Rand Old Party
Will Senator Paul take the Tea Party mainstream?THE TITLE OF RAND PAUL'S new book is the Rorschach test of American politics. If you are a sardonic Jon Stewart liberal, The Tea Party Goes to Washington is probably reminiscent of "Ernest Goes to Camp"...
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Rand Old Party: Will Senator Paul Take the Tea Party Mainstream?
THE TITLE OF RAND PAUL'S new book is the Rorschach test of American politics. If you are a sardonic Jon Stewart liberal, The Tea Party Goes to Washington is probably reminiscent of "Ernest Goes to Camp"--it evokes images of rubes and rednecks descending...
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Right of the Dial
Satellite radio's Mike Church is more Patrick Henry than Rush Limbaugh.THE KING DUDE is shuffling papers, clearing his throat. The revolution he leads will not be televised, but it will be patched in by satellite during the morning drive. The King Dude...
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Right of the Dial: Satellite Radio's Mike Church Is More Patrick Henry Than Rush Limbaugh
THE KING DUDE is shuffling papers, clearing his throat. The revolution he leads will not be televised, but it will be patched in by satellite during the morning drive. The King Dude is bouncing in his seat, his feet dangling about a foot above the...
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Running on Empty
The Memorial Day hot dogs were still in deep freeze and Americans' plans for long drives to the beach were already imperiled, under threat from spiking prices at the pump. With the market price of crude oil again hitting triple digits, gas climbed...
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Running on Empty
[ECONOMY]The Memorial Day hot dogs were still in deep freeze and Americans' plans for long drives to the beach were already imperiled, under threat from spiking prices at the pump. With the market price of crude oil again hitting triple digits, gas climbed...
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Southern Comforts
The South, repatriated ex-slave Ned Douglass lectured his Louisiana neighbors in Ernest J. Gaines's novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, is "yours because your people's bones lays in it; it's yours because their sweat and their blood done...
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Stonewalling Marriage
Homosexuals should reject the blessings of the state.OPPONENTS OF SAME-SEX marriage have marshaled all sorts of arguments to make their case, from the rather alarmist view that it would de-sanctify and ultimately destroy heterosexual marriage to the...
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Stonewalling Marriage: Homosexuals Should Reject the Blessings of the State
OPPONENTS OF SAME-SEX marriage have marshaled all sorts of arguments to make their case, from the rather alarmist view that it would de-sanctify and ultimately destroy heterosexual marriage to the assertion that it would logically lead to polygamy...
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Straight Dope
In small-town America, drugs are an everyday experience.SINCE THE LATE 1990s members of the media have routinely trekked into the hinterlands of America to cover the meth "epidemic," flap their lips about the newfound dangers of the heartland, and beat...
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Straight Dope: In Small-Town America, Drugs Are an Everyday Experience
SINCE THE LATE 1990s members of the media have routinely trekked into the hinterlands of America to cover the meth "epidemic," flap their lips about the newfound dangers of the heartland, and beat a path back to their urban refuges. I had hoped that...
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Strategic Withdrawals
"(A)ny future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as Gen. MacArthur so delicately put it," Robert Gates told the cadets at West...
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The Littlest Invasions
No-fly zones and covert ops are just as bad as large-scale interventions.THE NEWEST FAD in foreign intervention is the slim-line approach. I swear, it really is like fashion news. A few years ago, the neocons were pushing a full-figured style of intervention,...
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The Littlest Invasions: No-Fly Zones and Covert Ops Are Just as Bad as Large-Scale Interventions
THE NEWEST FAD in foreign intervention is the slim-line approach. I swear, it really is like fashion news. A few years ago, the neocons were pushing a full-figured style of intervention, which ended up with us wasting hundreds of billions of dollars...
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The Real Mystery Surrounding the Raymond Davis Affair in Pakistan Is Why the United States Government Is Counterproductively Expending So Much Energy to Free the CIA Operative Accused of Shooting Two Men at a Traffic Stop
The real mystery surrounding the Raymond Davis affair in Pakistan is why the United States government is counterproductively expending so much energy to free the CIA operative accused of shooting two men at a traffic stop. Davis should have been quietly...
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This Time, Just Say No
For many years TAC's battle against right-wing interventionism was a lonely struggle. Today, bit by bit, conservative minds are changing. George Will, once an enthusiast for the Iraq invasion, has become a reliable critic of nation-building in Afghanistan....
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This Time, Just Say No
[WAR]For many years TACs battle against right-wing interventionism was a lonely struggle. Today, bit by bit, conservative minds are changing. George Will, once an enthusiast for the Iraq invasion, has become a reliable critic of nation-building in Afghanistan....
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To Soothe the Savage Red
To Soothe the Savage Red [Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets, Wendg Lesser, Yale, 350 pages]The state should support me. I have come into the world for no purpose but to compose.- SchubertThe state has done its duty by the...
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War Isn't for Everyone
The military needs civilian control, not citizen soldiers.THERE HAS BEEN MUCH hand-wringing lately that the public does not share in or even understand the sacrifices being borne by America's military. As a combat veteran who's the son of a combat veteran,...
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War Isn't for Everyone: The Military Needs Civilian Control, Not Citizen Soldiers
THERE HAS BEEN MUCH hand-wringing lately that the public does not share in or even understand the sacrifices being borne by America's military. As a combat veteran who's the son of a combat veteran, my reaction is simple: So what? In a January speech...
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Worse Than Tyranny
As the American foreign-policy establishment drools about "democracy," the U.S. position in the Middle East is collapsing. Its three legs are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Two of those are disintegrating. One-legged stools make unstable seats....
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