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. 8, August

America Goes Jousting
Our splendid military L· all for showIf the whole United States activeduty military, excepting strategic nuclear weapons, disappeared tomorrow in a puff of smoke, would Americans be less secure, more secure, or about the same? That the answer is not...
America Goes Jousting: Our Splendid Military Is All for Show
If the whole United States active-duty military, excepting strategic nuclear weapons, disappeared tomorrow in a puff of smoke, would Americans be less secure, more secure, or about the same? That the answer is not self-evident points to the biggest...
Britain Abolishes Itself
Traditions working-class and aristocratic fade in Cameron's UK.Outsiders tend to look upon the United Kingdom as a stiff, traditional little country whose grey-haired old Queen has just celebrated 60 years on the throne and where men in bowler hats will...
Britain Abolishes Itself: Traditions Working-Class and Aristocratic Fade in Cameron's UK
Outsiders tend to look upon the United Kingdom as a stiff, traditional little country whose grey-haired old Queen has just celebrated 60 years on the throne and where men in bowler hats will say, "Evening, sir," as they pass you in the street. But...
Casino Capitalism
Comes now news from across the pond that executives at one of the world's most respected banks, Barclays, rigged Libor. Even the venerable Bank of England is apparently being investigated. For sports fans, this is like fixing the Super Bowl or doping...
Culture without the War
Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age, Gregory Wolfe, ISI Books, 278 pages Some 18 years ago, Gregory Wolfe used his position as editor of Image, the excellent arts and letters journal he founded in 1989, to proclaim...
Don't Blame John Roberts
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--Obamacare, including its individual mandate--was bitter medicine for conservatives. All the worse was that the pivotal vote came not from the mercurial Anthony...
Don't Blame John Roberts
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-Obamacare, including its individual mandate-was bitter medicine for conservatives. All the worse was that the pivotal vote came not from the mercurial Anthony Kennedy...
Executive Order
Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, Robert W. Merry, Simon and Schuster, 320 pages Americans love rankings. There's David Letterman's "Top 10" list, of course. You can hardly surf the Web without stumbling...
Exorcising George McGovern
How the GOP lost its foreign-policy advantageMitt Romney is banking on the traditional Republican advantage in defense to help him defeat President Barack Obama this November.In his speech at me Citadel last October, he posed a stark choice for voters:...
Exorcising George McGovern: How the GOP Lost Its Foreign-Policy Advantage
Mitt Romney is banking on the traditional Republican advantage in defense to help him defeat President Barack Obama this November. In his speech at the Citadel last October, he posed a stark choice for voters: "If you do not want America to be the...
Faith in the Flesh
What banning circumásion meansIn Germany it is perfectly legal to expose your son to the music of David Hasselhoff, but it may become illegal to make him a Jew through circumcision.In June a Cologne court considering the case of a Muslim child ruled...
Faith in the Flesh: What Banning Circumcision Means
In Germany it is perfectly legal to expose your son to the music of David Hasselhoff, but it may become illegal to make him a Jew through circumcision. In June a Cologne court considering the case of a Muslim child ruled that male circumcision for...
How to Read Robert Frost
The Art of Robert Frost, Tim Kendall, Yale University Press, 392 pages Yvor Winters--the now largely forgotten modernist poet and critic--didn't care much for Robert Frost. In 1948 he expressed what was and remains a common critique of Frost's work....
Imperialism by Philanthropy
Philanthropy in America: A History, Olivier Zunz, Princeton University Press, 396 pages Acknowledgments sections contain such useful information. Case in point: what should we expect from a history of American philanthropy that, according to its...
Just Deseret
I can't say that some of my best friends are Mormons, but I've always had a soft spot for the Latter-Day Saints. Their faith was founded about 50 miles to our east during the antebellum roil which gave to our region the appellation of the "Burned-Over...
Letters
ORDER IN THE RANKSAs a retired military officer I take exception to Chris Bray's article "Revolt in the Ranks" (June 2012). Courts have found that the military is, by necessity, "a specialized society separate from civilian society ... governed by a...
Long Live the Kings
As everyone knows, the British public periodically goes ape over silly things like cricket, Twiggy, the occasional sunny day, Guy Fawkes night, and the not-so-direct descendants of King James I, whom Guido (his real name) tried to blow up on Nov. 5,...
Long Live the Kings
As everyone knows, the British public periodically goes ape over silly things like cricket, Twiggy, the occasional sunny day, Guy Fawkes night, and the not-so-direct descendants of King James I, whom Guido (his real name) tried to blow up on Nov. 5,...
Making Modernity Human
Can Christian humanism redeem an age of ideology?In a world agog with labels and categories we too often leave important ideas behind. With paleocons, traditionalists, neocons, Leocons, libertarians, classical liberals, anarcho-capitalists, distributists,...
Making Modernity Human: Can Christian Humanism Redeem an Age of Ideology?
In a world agog with labels and categories we too often leave important ideas behind. With paleocons, traditionalists, neocons, Leocons, libertarians, classical liberals, anarcho-capitalists, distributists, and agrarians, the right can be as bad as...
McChrystal's War
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, Michael Hastings, Blue Rider Press, 432 pages Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, didn't...
Obama's Right Wing
Meet the Burkeans who voted for the president (and might do it again)Among the multitudes singing hosannas for Barack Obama's presidential candidacy four years ago were a surprisingly large number of conservative intellectuals, christened by the press...
Obama's Right Wing: Meet the Burkeans Who Voted for the President (and Might Do It Again)
Among the multitudes singing hosannas for Barack Obama's presidential candidacy four years ago were a surprisingly large number of conservative intellectuals, christened by the press "Obamacons." They included not just the usual dyspeptic libertarians...
OLD and RIGHT
The words "humane" and "humanitarian" mean quite different things. The humanitarian believes in brotherhood: that is, "Be my brother," he says, "or I'll kill you." He aspires to assimilate others to his mode and substance.For the humanitarian, America's...
Porky Populism
Class war comes to dinner, and conservatives are on the wrong side.Several years ago, I stood in my sisters kitchen watching her unpack groceries and talking about food. Ruthie knew that my wife and I had a thing for farmer's markets, grass-fed meat,...
Porky Populism: Class War Comes to Dinner, and Conservatives Are on the Wrong Side
Several years ago, I stood in my sister's kitchen watching her unpack groceries and talking about food. Ruthie knew that my wife and I had a thing for farmer's markets, grass-fed meat, and organic milk, and it ticked her off. "Well," she said, "it's...
Race, IQ, and Wealth
What the facts tell us about a taboo subjectAt the end of April, Charles Kenny, a former World Bank economist specializing in international development, published a blistering attack in Foreign Policy entitled "Dumb and Dumber," with the accusatory subtitle...
Race, IQ, and Wealth: What the Facts Tell Us about a Taboo Subject
At the end of April, Charles Kenny, a former World Bank economist specializing in international development, published a blistering attack in Foreign Policy entitled "Dumb and Dumber," with the accusatory subtitle "Are development experts becoming...
Reagan's Athena
Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick, Peter Collier, Encounter, 272 pages In the summer of 1990 Jeane Kirkpatrick published an essay in the National Interest. It was less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. German...
The Case for Kemp
On war and state capitalism, Reagan's role model was rightConservatives have long been looking for the next Ronald Reagan, when they ought to be looking for the next Jack Kemp, Reagan's role model. Amid the malaise of the '70s, Kemp devised a supply-side...
The Case for Kemp: On War and State Capitalism, Reagan's Role Model Was Right
Conservatives have long been looking for the next Ronald Reagan, when they ought to be looking for the next Jack Kemp, Reagan's role model. Amid the malaise of the '70s, Kemp devised a supply--side economic strategy that inspired a president and a...
The East Asian Exception to Socio-Economic IQ Influences
In "Race, IQ, and Wealth," I examined the pattern of IQ scores for various European peoples as presented by Richard Lynn and Tatù Vanhanen in IQ and the Wealth of Nations and noted the considerable evidence for a large socio-economic influence. In nearly...
Which Jobs President?
Employment numbers damn Romney and Obama alikeDuring the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Bill Clinton claimed that Arkansas led the nation in employment growth when he was governor, with income rising at twice the U.S. average. Clinton...
Which Jobs President? Employment Numbers Damn Romney and Obama Alike
During the 1992 presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Bill Clinton claimed that Arkansas led the nation in employment growth when he was governor, with income rising at twice the U.S. average. Clinton used these two issues--employment and income--to...