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. 3, March

Basketball Beats the Cold War
If it's late winter, it must be high-school basketball tournament time. Talk about a bargain: for a couple of bucks you can buy your way into a bandbox gym to sit on hard bleachers and listen to the glorious cacophony of community. This year even...
Blacklisted but Not Beaten
My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end. I am departing after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous. The calls for...
Church Not State
Christians must choose between faith or worldly relevanceFor much of human history, religion achieved prominence through the support of the prince, emperor, or state. It helped elevate the importance of religion further if the emperor himself were divine....
Deep Background
The CIA has gone into damage-control mode over a story that appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on February 8. The story, titled "CIA is in Baghdad, Kabul for Long Haul," was based on anonymous sources, both from the National Security Council...
Divorce Dilemma
The biggest threat to marriage today is fear of its dissolution.If America has endured a "divorce revolution" since California passed no-fault divorce in 1969, we've now entered the counterrevolutionary phase. Divorce rates have fallen from their peak...
Divorce Dilemma: The Biggest Threat to Marriage Today Is Fear of Its Dissolution
If America has endured a "divorce revolution" since California passed no-fault divorce in 1969, we've now entered the counterrevolutionary phase. Divorce rates have fallen from their peak in the early '80s, the deep pain often felt by children of divorce...
Enlisting America
The president would like everyone to salute and obey.In the musical "My Fair Lady," Professor Henry Higgins muses wistfully during one scene: why can't a woman be more like a man? President Obama indulged in similar wishful thinking about American society...
Enlisting America: The President Would like Everyone to Salute and Obey
In the musical "My Fair Lady," Professor Henry Higgins muses wistfully during one scene: why can't a woman be more like a man? President Obama indulged in similar wishful thinking about American society as a whole in this year's State of the Union...
Gary Johnson Throws a Party
The former New Mexico governor becomes a Libertarian, and perhaps a spoiler."Maybe this is dreaming," Gary Johnson says, "but I do think there is a chance of being up on the debate stage with President Obama and the Republican nominee." The former governor...
Gary Johnson Throws a Party: The Former New Mexico Governor Becomes a Libertarian, and Perhaps a Spoiler
"Maybe this is dreaming," Gary Johnson says, "but I do think there is a chance of being up on the debate stage with President Obama and the Republican nominee." The former governor of New Mexico is used to big dreams. But for now he is focused on the...
How to Read the Constitution
How to Read the Constitution The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, Brian McClanahan, Regnery, 262 pagesThe two key arguments against bothering with constitutional restraints on government are "who knows" and "who cares": we can't know what...
Letters
MADISON'S MISTAKERalph Ketcham's superb review of Kevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America ("What Madison Meant", February 2012) left me sad for Madison and our country. In his exchange with Patrick Henry, Ketcham quotes Madison stating...
Liberal Misconceptions
George Stephanopoulos drew sighs of exasperation and even jeers at a January presidential debate when the Democratic-adviser-cum-ABC-News-correspondent pressed Mitt Romney to reveal his thoughts on a key issue--whether states could ban contraception....
Liberal Misconceptions
George Stephanopoulos drew sighs of exasperation and even jeers at a January presidential debate when the Democraticadviser-cwm-ABC-News-correspondent pressed Mitt Romney to reveal his thoughts on a key issue - whether states could ban contraception....
No More Orwells
No More Orwells The Unexamined Orwell, John Rodden, University of Texas Press, 423 pagesI suppose I came along too late fully to appreciate George Orwell as an intellectual hero. Though I like his work well enough, I have never felt impelled to return...
OLD and RIGHT
Government, as the conservative understands it, does not begin with a vision of another, different, and better world but with the observation of the self-government practiced even by men of passion in the conduct of their enterprises; it begins in the...
Philosopher Prince
The revolutionary anti-modernism of Britain's heir apparentTo most Americans, the Prince of Wales is best known as a pop-culture icon and tabloid figure, a royal celebrity who married (and divorced) Diana Spencer, fathered Prince William, and gallivanted...
Philosopher Prince: The Revolutionary Anti-Modernism of Britain's Heir Apparent
To most Americans, the Prince of Wales is best known as a pop-culture icon and tabloid figure, a royal celebrity who married (and divorced) Diana Spencer, fathered Prince William, and gallivanted scandalously with Camilla Parker-Bowles, now his wife....
Privatization by Degree
Are state colleges losing their public character?President Obama put the nation's colleges and universities "on notice" in this year's State of the Union address: "If you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down."Until...
Privatization by Degree: Are State Colleges Losing Their Public Character?
President Obama put the nation's colleges and universities "on notice" in this year's State of the Union address: "If you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down." Until now, Washington has responded to...
Right Minds
What sets conservatives apart from authoritarians and fascists?Radicals, liberals, and progressives have dismissed conservatism as a mental defect ever since it emerged as a distinctive brand of political thought with the publication of Edmund Burke's...
Right Minds: What Sets Conservatives Apart from Authoritarians and Fascists?
Radicals, liberals, and progressives have dismissed conservatism as a mental defect ever since it emerged as a distinctive brand of political thought with the publication of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France in 1790. According...
Shakespeare's Action Hero
"Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes, 122 minutes Why make a film of a play by William Shakespeare? If it's one of the warhorse tragedies, reason enough might be to put one's stamp upon the public consciousness of an eternal work. But why film...
The CIA Has Gone into Damage-Control Mode over a Story That Appeared on the Front Page of the Washington Post on February 8
The CIA has gone into damage-control mode over a story that appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on February 8. The story, titled "CIA is in Baghdad, Kabul for Long Haul," was based on anonymous sources, both from the National Security...
The Envy of Europe
When the overfed, declawed, Las Vegas casino money recipient Newt Gingrich had some fun over Mitt Romney's ability to speak French, Europeans took notice. This is a farce, it's not politics, was the consensus of opinion. The French are an angry nation,...
The Envy of Europe
When the overfed, declawed, Las Vegas casino money recipient Newt Gingrich had some fun over Mitt Romney's ability to speak French, Europeans took notice. This is a farce, it's not politics, was the consensus of opinion. The French are an angry nation,...
The Myth of Margaret Thatcher
Conservatives must come to grips with the noble failure of the Iron Lady."The Iron Lady," the cruel motion picture about Margaret Thatcher, makes much of her decline into bemused old age. It arouses sympathy for her among the undecided, and passionate...
The Myth of Margaret Thatcher: Conservatives Must Come to Grips with the Noble Failure of the Iron Lady
"The Iron Lady," the cruel motion picture about Margaret Thatcher, makes much of her decline into bemused old age. It arouses sympathy for her among the undecided, and passionate sympathy among those who already revere her. No wonder. I cannot think...
Top of the Class
Top of the ClassPrivilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School, Sttamus Khan, Princeton University Press, 248 pagesStatus has always been hereditary. A warlord establishes a dynasty; a merchant buys a title; a politician gets his son...
Unequal Justice
Unequal Justice With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, Glenn Greenwald, Metropolitan Books, 304 pagesGlenn Greenwald is an oldfashioned liberal. That is, he indicts the present and fears the...
War-Toys for Tots
The Pentagon makes corruption fun.Last September, the Marine Corps flew Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to a meeting in Manhattan in its vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft, the V-22 Osprey. (Known better among Marines as the Albatross.)...
War-Toys for Tots: The Pentagon Makes Corruption Fun
Last September, the Marine Corps flew Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to a meeting in Manhattan in its vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft, the V-22 Osprey. (Known better among Marines as the Albatross.) Those familiar with the V-22's...
Where Did the Moderates Go?
Where Did the Moderates Go?Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, Front Elsenhower to the Tea Party, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Oxford University Press, 467 pagesThere was once a time when giants roamed the...
Why Stimulus Fails
Keynesian illusions once fostered prosperity. Not anymore.Nearly three years after Congress enacted a $787 billion stimulus package, the U.S. unemployment rate at the end of January stood at 8.3 percent - exactly where it was the month the stimulus passed...
Why Stimulus Fails: Keynesian Illusions Once Fostered Prosperity. Not Anymore
Nearly three years after Congress enacted a $787 billion stimulus package, the U.S. unemployment rate at the end of January stood at 8.3 percent--exactly where it was the month the stimulus passed and only half a percent below where the Obama administration...