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. 7, July

Austerity's Prophets
How Friedrich Hayek eclipsed J.M. Keynes and Milton Friedman"A usterity" has become the watchword of the year. Governors, prime ministers, and presidents around the world are talking about cutting welfare benefits, curtailing public union power, and...
Austerity's Prophets: How Friedrich Hayek Eclipsed J.M. Keynes and Milton Friedman
"Austerity" has become the watchword of the year. Governors, prime ministers, and presidents around the world are talking about cutting welfare benefits, curtailing public union power, and reducing deficits. We've over-promised at the public trough,...
Cliches of Tyranny
The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, Jonah Goldberg, Sentinel, 320pages One of the overlooked aims of Jonah Goldberg's bestselling Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning...
Clichés of Tyranny
Clichés of Tyranny The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, Jonah Goldberg, Sentinel, 320 pagesOne of the overlooked aims of Jonah Goldberg's bestselling Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the Left From Mussolini to the Politics...
Code of Bushido
I've just had the worst time in my life rubbing shoulders--actually masts--with ghastly ex-Soviet gangsters, now being referred to as oligarchs by the gutter press and the New York Times-Washington Post camorra. There also were towel-wearing Arabs...
Code of Bushido
I've just had the worst time in my life rubbing shoulders- actually masts - with ghastly ex- Soviet gangsters, now being referred to as oligarchs by the gutter press and the New York Times-Washington Post camorra. There also were towelwearing Arabs with...
Deep Background
The intelligence community is giving the Obama White House some serious pushback over Syria. A not-yet-completed National Intelligence Estimate on the Syrian situation is stalled in a familiar limbo between Langley and the White House because the report...
Died on the 4th of July
Fisher Ames, Founding Father and arch-foe of democracyI told a friend of mine I was going to write a profile on Fisher Ames."Who?" he asked."Fisher Ames. One of our Founding Fathers and a preeminent Federalist.""And you're writing a profile on him?""Yep.""Why?""Well....
Died on the 4th of July: Fisher Ames, Founding Father and Arch-Foe of Democracy
I told a friend of mine I was going to write a profile on Fisher Ames. "Who?" he asked. "Fisher Ames. One of our Founding Fathers and a preeminent Federalist." "And you're writing a profile on him?" "Yep." "Why?" "Well ... he's largely...
Gentleman Bruiser
If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement, David B. Frisk, ISI Books, 528 pages Bill Rusher is thought of, when he is thought of at all, as Tonto to William F. Buckley's Lone Ranger. As David Frisk makes clear...
How I Made Mitt
Romney owes his only win to English for the Children.With Mitt Romney now the de facto Republican presidential nominee, I sometimes recall how I inadvertently launched his political career a decade ago, which is less implausible than it might sound.Unlike...
How I Made Mitt: Romney Owes His Only Win to English for the Children
With Mitt Romney now the de facto Republican presidential nominee, I sometimes recall how I inadvertently launched his political career a decade ago, which is less implausible than it might sound. Unlike the vast majority of previous major-party...
Kentucky Massiecre
The Bluegrass State extends Ron Pauls revolution- again.When Thomas Massie won the Republican nomination for Congress in Kentucky's fourth district, wags dubbed it a second "Randslide." Almost alone among elected officials in the state, Sen. Rand Paul...
Kentucky Massiecre: The Bluegrass State Extends Ron Paul's Revolution-Again
When Thomas Massie won the Republican nomination for Congress in Kentucky's fourth district, wags dubbed it a second "Randslide." Almost alone among elected officials in the state, Sen. Rand Paul supported Massie. "I don't like anyone telling me how...
Letters
FOR JUDAISM, AGAINST ZIONISMI read with interest Paul Gottfried's review of Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger ana American Jewish Anti-Zionism by Jack Ross ("Jews Against Israel," May 2012). The headline is misleading: Rabbi Berger, a long-time leader of the...
Neighborhood Watch
If we don't police the Islamic world, who can?Before my son's first trip to Buenos Aires, several Argentine acquaintances emailed him advice about the best places to visit in that lovely city. Every message ended with a warning to stick to the neighborhoods...
Neighborhood Watch: If We Don't Police the Islamic World, Who Can?
Before my son's first trip to Buenos Aires, several Argentine acquaintances emailed him advice about the best places to visit in that lovely city. Every message ended with a warning to stick to the neighborhoods frequented by tourists. Although most...
No War for Manila
America risks conflict with China for a feeble ally.The Philippines is counting on America to defend its territorial claims against China. This brings to mind the German army officer who, upon witnessing military maneuvers by his country's principal...
No War for Manila: America Risks Conflict with China for a Feeble Ally
The Philippines is counting on America to defend its territorial claims against China. This brings to mind the German army officer who, upon witnessing military maneuvers by his country's principal ally, Austria-Hungary, remarked: "My god, we are allied...
OLD and RIGHT
Inflation destroys no property- no real wealth. Instead it causes a process whereby real values, land, and productive assets of all kinds gravitate into the hands of those who understand what is happening and can get bank credit. A few grow rich while...
Recycling Cities
Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, Catherine lumber, MIT Press, 192 pages In her second book, Massachusetts Institute of Technology historian Catherine Tumber explores the vexed question...
Religious Middle
Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland, Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University Press, 488 pages A scholar who wanted to portray Kansas, a state widely known as "a bastion of Protestant Republican conservatism," in a less rightwing...
Rocky's Drug War
I had drinks one night with an old friend who had spent the previous year in jail. Despite my entreaties, and my guarantee that it would provide rare cachet, he refused to loudly begin a sentence, "When I was in the joint ..." In fact, he denied that...
Rule of Happiness
What is "the pursuit of happiness?" When Thomas Jefferson added the phrase to the Declaration of Independence, he posed a mystery to later generations. Egalitarians have seized upon his words to justify wealth redistribution--by omitting the more conventional...
Rule of Happiness
What is "the pursuit of happiness?" When Thomas Jefferson added the phrase to the Declaration of Independence, he posed a mystery to later generations. Egalitarians have seized upon his words to justify wealth redistribution- by omitting the more conventional...
Saint Sydney
The Anglican Whig who fought for England's CatholicsIn 1983, British biographer and novelist A.N. Wilson wrote, in his Life of John Milton, "It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops...
Saint Sydney: The Anglican Whig Who Fought for England's Catholics
In 1983, British biographer and novelist A.N. Wilson wrote, in his Life of John Milton, "It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously; still more, one in...
Stay out of Syria
In pushing for U.S. military intervention in Syria--arming the insurgents and using U.S. air power to "create safe zones" for anti-regime forces "inside Syria's borders"--the Washington Post invokes "vital U.S. interests" that are somehow imperiled...
The Psychology of Partisanship
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt, Pantheon, 448 pages Jonathan Haidt's new book makes a well-reasoned case against reason. It persuades that the power of persuasion is overrated. It opens minds...
The Tragedy of Stoner Comedy
For Hollywood, marijuana prohibition is a joke.Media outlets didn't need a toxicology report before deciding that Rudy Eugene- the maniac who over Memorial Day weekend chewed off a homeless man's face in Miami before being shot dead by police-had been...
The Tragedy of Stoner Comedy: For Hollywood, Marijuana Prohibition Is a Joke
Media outlets didn't need a toxicology report before deciding that Rudy Eugene--the maniac who over Memorial Day weekend chewed off a homeless man's face in Miami before being shot dead by police--had been high on "bath salts." The synthetic drug is...
To Save JFK
11/22/63: A Novel, Stephen King, Scribner, 849 pages History is the best story: you can't make that stuff up. It takes an Olympian imagination to render historical events believable, much less comprehensible. The most outlandish part of Stephen...
Unfriendly Fire
How the Taliban mastered the operational art of modern warThe greatest intellectual challenge in Fourth Generation war - war against opponents that are not states - is how to fight it at the operational level. NATO in Afghanistan, like the Soviets three...
Unfriendly Fire: How the Taliban Mastered the Operational Art of Modern War
The greatest intellectual challenge in Fourth Generation war--war against opponents that are not states--is how to fight it at the operational level. NATO in Afghanistan, like the Soviets three decades ago, has been unable to solve that riddle. But...
Why Congress Doesn't Work
Lawmakers' avoidance of accountability undermines self-governmentFaced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and...
Why Congress Doesn't Work: Lawmakers' Avoidance of Accountability Undermines Self-Government
Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process "substitution." We know...