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. 20, October 20

Chairmen of the Bored
The Politico called it the worst debate ever--with good reason. The second showdown between John McCain and Barack Obama produced no memorable laugh lines or game-changing gaffes. The war hero showed no fight. The candidate of change was colorless....
Consort of the Onion Queen
I am the First Man of Elba, New York, Onion Capital of the World, or so we claim, and who, really, is going to call us on it? The czarina, or technically town supervisor, of Elba, which borders my native Batavia, is my wife Lucine, whom I believe to...
Crash of the Titans: Merrill Lynch's Salvation Spelled Lehman Brothers' Doom
IT WAS LATE AT NIGHT, and I was standing in Elaine's on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The saloon was crowded, with the bar almost invisible through the crowd of drinkers, the bartender just a voice and an occasional arm outstretched with a glass of...
Film Rights: Conservatives Set out to Win the Culture through Cinema. Instead, They Made Campaign Ads
THE AMERICAN FILM RENAISSANCE, held in Washington D.C. the first week of October, billed itself as "the only film festival in the world devoted to celebrating America's timeless traditional values like freedom, rugged individualism, and the triumph...
Fire Sale: How Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Lobbyists Bought a Bailout
THERE WAS LITTLE in the federal bailout bill that most Americans could wrap their arms, much less their minds, around. What did strike a chord--and one of the rare notes of consensus--was that greedy executives of failed institutions should have to...
Head of State: Is There More to John McCain's Rage Than Just Bad Temper? A Psychotherapist Puts the Candidate on the Couch
HE HAS BEEN CALLED McNasty and Senator Hothead, but John McCain has called his fellow senators far worse. Newsweek reported that he "erupted out of the blue" at Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, saying, "only an a-hole would put together a budget...
Invisible Fist: Can Capitalism and Authoritarianism Work Together?
HISTORY WAS SUPPOSED to have ended in 1989 with the triumph of Western-style democracy and capitalism. The fall of the Berlin Wall proved, at least to the satisfaction of many American pundits and academics, that economic and political liberty advanced...
Mission to MAR's
JOHN MCCAIN may have just let slip his last best chance to be president of the United States. When he flew back to Washington to address the banking crisis, McCain could have seized the hottest issue in America by taking the side of his countrymen...
Paying Bail
By the time Henry Paulson's bailout package passed the House of Representatives on Oct. 3, the $700 boondoggle had ballooned to more than $850 billion. And how did markets react to their rescue? By dropping 157 points the day the Emergency Economic...
Sister Act
Rachel Getting Married HOLLYWOOD LIKES to squeeze a little more milk out of the DVD cow by occasionally re-releasing an old movie as an (inevitably longer) "Director's Cut." We never get to buy a shorter "Editor's Cut." With luck, director Jonathan...
Small Tent
In a move that has fragmented his nascent libertarian populist movement, Ron Paul endorsed Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin. The decision is a deliberate snub to the Libertarian candidate, Bob Barr. Preferring to avoid a choice between two...
Street Sweeping: Getting the American Economy Back on Solid Ground Will Require New Financial Regulations. Goldman Sachs Alums Aren't the Men for the Job
AS BEWILDERED AMERICANS survey the wreckage of their nation's once vaunted financial system, they could do worse than reacquaint themselves with one of Wall Street's oldest and most revealing parables. The story goes that an out-of-town customer...
The Public's Choice: What Voters Don't Know Can Hurt Them
AS THAT FATEFUL DAY in November approaches when we must choose between McCain and Obama, the two greatest statesmen since Gladstone and Disraeli, of one thing you can be sure. We shall hear constant reminders of our duty to vote. As the last few days...
Will There Be a Major Terrorist Attack Soon?
Possibly, but it probably won't have anything to do with American elections. It is well known that a number of terrorist groups, most notably al-Qaeda, closely follow politics and elections in the United States and lately there has been considerable...