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. 11, No. 2, February

American Intelligence Agencies Are Pretty Sure That Israel Is Preparing to Attack Someone, but There Is No Agreement on Who That Might Be
American intelligence agencies are pretty sure that Israel is preparing to attack someone, but there is no agreement on who that might be. Israel warned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey late last year...
Attack of the Pork Hawks
Loving the Pentagon turns conservatives into big-spending liberals.Conservative politicians want to cut spending - except for the military. Where that's concerned, they sound like liberals. In fact, conservatives have adopted several liberal ploys to...
Attack of the Pork Hawks: Loving the Pentagon Turns Conservatives into Big-Spending Liberals
Conservative politicians want to cut spending--except for the military. Where that's concerned, they sound like liberals. In fact, conservatives have adopted several liberal ploys to justify today's bloated military budget. First, big spenders on...
Border Battleground
Mexico's drug violence is state-sponsored-by the U.S.Arizona rancher Jim Chilton spots a lone intruder near his barn. He grabs his rifle and rushes out, prepared for whatever may come. No threat. The man drops to his knees, hands in prayer, and offers...
Border Battleground: Mexico's Drug Violence Is State-Sponsored-By the U.S
Arizona rancher Jim Chilton spots a lone intruder near his barn. He grabs his rifle and rushes out, prepared for whatever may come. No threat. The man drops to his knees, hands in prayer, and offers Chilton his rosary. Chilton declines and instead...
Buchanan's Revolution
How Pitchfork Pat raised a rebellion - and why it failed.1992 was a polarizing year in American politics - the year of the Rodney King riots, of the lingering crack epidemic and burgeoning AIDS crisis, of an economy mired in steep unemployment and a...
Buchanan's Revolution: How Pitchfork Pat Raised a Rebellion-And Why It Failed
Some commentators called Pat the white man's Jesse Jackson. It was said in jest but had a ring of truth. Buchanan was now a spokesman for conservative white males everywhere--Republican, independent, even Democrat. Pat looked at the returns from the...
Butterfield's Brilliance
Butterfield's Brilliance The Life and Thought of Herbert Butterfield: History, Science and God, Michael Bentley, Cambridge University Press, 398 pages //Herbert Butterfield: History, Providence, and Skeptical Politics, Kenneth B. Mclntyre, ISI Books,...
Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform, Why We Need It, and What It Will Take, Bruce Bartlett, Simon & Schuster, 271 pagesIn his new work, Bruce Bartlettone of the original supply-side economists - makes a cogent case for restructuring...
Christian Jihad
Christian Jihad Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses, Philip Jenkins, HarperOne, 320 pagesIs it true that the Bible teaches peace and the Koran war? Only if you approach the books selectively, talcing the gentlest of...
Clearing the Air Force
If we downsize the Defense Department to a budget of $100 billion, the United States Air Force disappears. Fear not, this will not leave the country short of either air forces or military aircraft. The former remains in abundance: the Army, the Navy,...
Deep Background
American intelligence agencies are pretty sure that Israel is preparing to attack someone, but there is no agreement on who that might be. Israel warned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey late last year...
Dooley Noted
Listen to Finley Peter Dunne's sagacious IrishmanThe honor roll of American anti-imperialists is long and lustrous: Mark Twain. Jane Addams. Martin Luther King Jr., Noam Chomsky, Andrew Bacevich. . .And Mr. Dooley.Mr. Dooley was, in case you didn't know,...
Dooley Noted: Listen to Finley Peter Dunne's Sagacious Irishman (Front Lines)
The honor roll of American anti-imperialists is long and lustrous: Mark Twain. Jane Addams. Martin Luther King Jr., Noam Chomsky, Andrew Bacevich ... And Mr. Dooley. Mr. Dooley was, in case you didn't know, an Irish bartender in the South Side...
Gitmo's Prying Eyes
The Defense Department wages war on attorney-client privilege.WASHINGTON- Imagine for a moment that you are an attorney working in an office full of other attorneys. The phones are tapped by the government, but you aren't allowed to use cell phones....
Gitmo's Prying Eyes: The Defense Department Wages War on Attorney-Client Privilege
WASHINGTON--Imagine for a moment that you are an attorney working in an office full of other attorneys. The phones are tapped by the government, but you aren't allowed to use cell phones. The government is potentially monitoring everything you do on...
Hometown Healer
Doctors should not be factory foremen.ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA.-Last autumn, my brother-in-law Mike Leming fell offa ladder and injured his leg. His family physician, Tim Lindsey, trekked out to Mike's house in the country to examine his limb. Then Tim-...
Hometown Healer: Doctors Should Not Be Factory Foremen
ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA.--Last autumn, my brother-in-law Mike Leming fell off a ladder and injured his leg. His family physician, Tim Lindsey, trekked out to Mike's house in the country to examine his limb. Then Tim--as everybody calls him--drove Mike...
Is Israel a Failed State?
Is Israel a Failed State? The Unmaking of Israel, Gershom Gorenberg, Harper, 336 pagesGershom Gorenberg is an exception to the rule - more than one rule. He's an Orthodox Jewish Israeli of American origin, a group that generaUy tilts sharply to the right...
Know Your Gnostics
Eric Voegelin diagnosed the neoconservatives' disease.Eric Voegelin often is regarded as a major figure in 20th-century conservative thought - one of his concepts inspired what has been a popular catchphrase on the right for decades, "don't immanentize...
Know Your Gnostics: Eric Voegelin Diagnosed the Neoconservatives' Disease
Eric Voegelin often is regarded as a major figure in 20th-century conservative thought-one of his concepts inspired what has been a popular catchphrase on the right for decades, "don't immanentize the eschaton"--but he rejected ideological labels....
Letters
HOLY HYPOCRITESThe December Op-ed "Conservatives vs. the Pope" could not have been timelier. Like many people, I find it ironic that certain conservatives fulminate against the dissent of anti-life Catholics like Pelosi and John Kerry then routinely...
Old Right Renewal
Patrick Buchanan has long been a man ahead of his time. That may not be the way most in the media think of him. But 20 years ago, at the height of what Charles Krauthammer celebrated as "the unipolar moment," Buchanan warned us that it couldn't last....
Old Right Renewal
Patrick Buchanan has long been a man ahead of his time. That may not be the way most in the media think of him. But 20 years ago, at the height of what Charles Krauthammer celebrated as "the unipolar moment," Buchanan warned us that it couldn't last....
Planet of the Japes
Who in his right (or left) mind wouldn't rather read H.L. Mencken than Joe Alsop, or Christopher Hitchens than Ellen Goodman, or Florence King than Cal Thomas? Wit, even vituperative wit, refreshes and restores, while sodden clots of cliches only drag...
Puppet Revolutions
Lead stories in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal dealt with what both viewed as a national affront and outrage. Egyptian soldiers, said the Post, "stormed the offices" of three U.S. "democracy-building organizations ... in a dramatic...
Rise of the Eurofanatics
Let's start with the state of Britain 22 years after the matricide of Margaret Thatcher. There are forced compensation payouts to terrorists and pedophiles, there is blocking of the deportation of foreign criminals, and orders to the government to...
Rise of the Eurofanatics
Let's start with the state of Britain 22 years after the matricide of Margaret Thatcher. There are forced compensation payouts to terrorists and pedophdes, there is blocking of the deportation of foreign criminals, and orders to the government to give...
Ron Paul and His Enemies
An effective antiwar candidate is what the neocons fear most.After a strong second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary, Ron Paul stood before a young and giddy crowd of supporters. In a near giggle, he spoke of the many detractors who had called...
Ron Paul and His Enemies: An Effective Antiwar Candidate Is What the Neocons Fear Most
After a strong second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary, Ron Paul stood before a young and giddy crowd of supporters. In a near giggle, he spoke of the many detractors who had called his campaign "dangerous." Paul reveled in their fear. To...
The Bell Curve's Toll
The Bell Curve's Toll Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, Charles Murray, Crown Forum, 416 pagesIn 1950 my wife's uncle, the son of a West Side of Chicago ditch digger, won a scholarship to MIT. Back then it was unusual enough for anybody...
The GOP's Lost Generation
Millennials decide who wins the futureIn Japan, they're known as the hikikomori - the "withdrawn generation." Following the country's deep recession in the 1990s, thousands of young Japanese shut themselves off from the world, retreating to the confines...
The GOP's Lost Generation: Millennials Decide Who Wins the Future
In Japan, they're known as the hikikomori--the "withdrawn generation." Following the country's deep recession in the 1990s, thousands of young Japanese shut themselves off from the world, retreating to the confines of their bedrooms for years at a...
Unraveling the Undead
Our obsession with zombies, from the Congo to HollywoodLike humans, zombies came out of Africa. There they led rich lives being worshipped as Congolese snake gods (nzambi). The ability of certain snakes to use poison to paralyze their prey was ritualistically...
Unraveling the Undead: Our Obsession with Zombies, from the Congo to Hollywood
Like humans, zombies came out of Africa. There they led rich lives being worshipped as Congolese snake gods (nzambi). The ability of certain snakes to use poison to paralyze their prey was ritualistically imitated by tribal priests, who then proclaimed...
We Aren't Number 1
Do our slipping superlatives suggest a nation in decline?Pick any category of infrastructure and not so long ago it seemed the superlative example was somewhere in the United States. Not any more.The world's tallest skyscraper? Between 1870 and 1998,...
We Aren't Number 1: Do Our Slipping Superlatives Suggest a Nation in Decline?
Pick any category of infrastructure and not so long ago it seemed the superlative example was somewhere in the United States. Not any more. The world's tallest skyscraper? Between 1870 and 1998, an unbroken succession of15 American office buildings...
What Madison Meant
What Madison Meant James Madison and the Making of America, Kevin Gutzman, St. Martin's Press, 432 pagesKevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America tackles the daunting task of answering how, in a remarkably purposeful and active life, James...