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. 10, October

007's Masculine Mystique
James Bond is more than a glamorous womanizer.Fiction sometimes has a way of transcending its most ardent limitation, which is that it is fiction. Just ask Eric Holder, who probably never thought he'd be cast as the villain in a Vin Diesel flick.Fictions...
007's Masculine Mystique: James Bond Is More Than a Glamorous Womanizer
Fiction sometimes has a way of transcending its most ardent limitation, which is that it is fiction. Just ask Eric Holder, who probably never thought he'd be cast as the villain in a Vin Diesel flick. Fiction's most successful transcending phenomenon,...
A Man Called Tubesteak
Farewell to the legendary Kahuna who christened GidgetI started surfing at Malibu in the late 1950s. I was only a kid, not yet a teenager. In the vernacular of the surf culture of the day, I was a gremmie. I had to wait my turn in the lineup out on the...
A Man Called Tubesteak: Farewell to the Legendary Kahuna Who Christened Gidget
I started surfing at Malibu in the late 1950s. I was only a kid, not yet a teenager. In the vernacular of the surf culture of the day, I was a gremmie. I had to wait my turn in the lineup out on the point. Good set waves were not for me. The older...
A Stage Is the World
Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario Each summer for the past 15 years, my wife and I have trekked to the heart of southern Ontario pork country to attend the largest classical repertory theatre in North America, the Stratford Shakespeare...
Calling Bibi's Bluff
What is Bibi Netanyahu up to? With all his warnings of Iran's "nuclear capability," of red lines being crossed, of "breakout," of the international community failing in its duty, of an "existential threat" to Israel, what is the prime minister's...
Congress Cries War
When hawks roost on Capitol Hill, even Canada isn't safe.Most worries about Washington's proclivity for dubious military adventures focus on the imperial presidency. There is certainly good reason to fear an unfettered executive in foreign affairs. But...
Congress Cries War: When Hawks Roost on Capitol Hill, Even Canada Isn't Safe
Most worries about Washington's proclivity for dubious military adventures focus on the imperial presidency. There is certainly good reason to fear an unfettered executive in foreign affairs. But there are instances in which Congress has been the more...
Deep Background
A recent intelligence assessment has predicted a likely breakup of the Kingdom of Jordan if a new war were to erupt in the Middle East. Together with the impending collapse of Baath rule in Syria, it would mean that three major secular Arab nations,...
From Kennan to Trotsky
How the United States became a superpower of the leftRussia and China today both enjoy the same grand-strategic advantage against the United States that the United States enjoyed through the 44 years of the Cold War.The Soviet Union was then the superpower...
From Kennan to Trotsky: How the United States Became a Superpower of the Left
Russia and China today both enjoy the same grand-strategic advantage against the United States that the United States enjoyed through the 44 years of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was then the superpower of the left, as the left had been globally...
Japan's Bad Trade
Why won t anyone talk about Tokyo's auto protectionism?Mitt Romney was in his element a few years ago as the Obama administration struggled to rescue the Detroit auto industry. In an eat-your-spinach tone, he ticked off his recommendations for reform....
Japan's Bad Trade: Why Won't Anyone Talk about Tokyo's Auto Protectionism?
Mitt Romney was in his element a few years ago as the Obama administration struggled to rescue the Detroit auto industry. In an eat-your-spinach tone, he ticked off his recommendations for reform. Top management should go, executive dining rooms should...
Letters
CONNED BY OBAMAMichael Dougherty's article Obama's Right Wing" (August 2012) was interesting but perplexing. I can understand the "fear of adventurism in foreign policy" which the Obamacons share, but I scratch my head in wonder at how anyone who deems...
Misjudging Rehnquist
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist, John A. Jenkins, Public Affairs, 320 pages William Rehnquist was the most Jeffersonian associate justice of the Supreme Court in history. Even before Ronald Reagan and Edwin...
Modernism & Conservatism
Does the culture of "The Waste Land" lead to freedom- or something more?Nearly 30 years before he shocked National Review by endorsing Barack Obama for president, senior editor Jeffery Hart announced a divorce of a different kind from the American right....
Modernism & Conservatism: Does the Culture of "The Waste Land" Lead to Freedom-Or Something More?
Nearly 30 years before he shocked National Review by endorsing Barack Obama for president, senior editor Jeffery Hart announced a divorce of a different kind from the American right. With "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to a Modern American Conservatism"-published...
Not Amish, but Close
A farmer puts Wendell Berry's agrarian ideal to the testWhen it comes to food, chefs get all the fame. A few weeks ago, New York Times food guru Mark Bittman tried to right the wrong. In an online piece called "Celebrate the Farmer!" he wrote about the...
Not Amish, but Close: A Farmer Puts Wendell Berry's Agrarian Ideal to the Test
When it comes to food, chefs get all the fame. A few weeks ago, New York Times food guru Mark Bittman tried to right the wrong. In an online piece called "Celebrate the Farmer!" he wrote about the need to honor the men and women who put the food on...
Obama's Nerds
The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, Sasha Issenberg, Crown, 357pages Like football, the 2012 election is a game of inches. Heading into the fall, the presidential election remains close nationally. Every vote will count. ...
Party Animus
In his memoir If You Don't Weaken (1940), Oscar Ameringer, witty and humane radical from the erstwhile hotbed of American socialism, Oklahoma (it really was!), professed a "rule of never voting for a presidential candidate who had the slightest chance...
Return of the Kingsley
America gets reintroduced to the original AmisPrayers have been answered: Kingsley Amiss novels Lucky firn and The Old Devils are being reissued in the United States. The New York Review of Books Press has printed the new editions with introductions...
Return of the Kingsley: America Gets Reintroduced to the Original Amis
Prayers have been answered: Kingsley Amis's novels Lucky Jim and The Old Devils are being reissued in the United States. The New York Review of Books Press has printed the new editions with introductions by Keith Gessen (n+1 editor and novelist) and...
Swimming in Rhetoric
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric From Aristotle To Obama, Sam Leith, Basic Books, 312 pages Sam Leith, former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, novelist, and contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications, is cheeky, talented,...
Swimming in Rhetoric
Swimming in Rhetoric by JOHN R. COYNE JR. Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric From Aristotle To Obama, Sam Leith, Basic Books, 312 pagesSam Leith, former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph, novelist, and contributor to the Wall Street Journal and...
Taki's Top Shelf
I stopped reading novels long ago. When those arch-phonies writing magic realism became household words, I dropped out quicker than you can say Raymond Chandler. Now that's what I call a novel--the stuff Chandler churned out about old El Lay, everyone...
Taki's Top Shelf
I stopped reading novels long ago. When those arch-phonies writing magic realism became household words, I dropped out quicker than you can say Raymond Chandler. Now that's what I call a novel - the stuff Chandler churned out about old El Lay, everyone...
The Art of Trains
Rail offers a poetic way to watch the worldIt was a warm autumn day in 1996, and I was sitting on a Swiss train with a backpack full of my fatherin-law's potatoes. My wife and I had been married just a few months, and we didn't have much money. She was...
The Art of Trains: Rail Offers a Poetic Way to Watch the World
It was a warm autumn day in 1996, and I was sitting on a Swiss train with a backpack full of my father-in-law's potatoes. My wife and I had been married just a few months, and we didn't have much money. She was finishing her last year of studies in...
The Other Culture War
This election is about much more than I who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe. It is about what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war,...
The Other Culture War
"This election is about much more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe. It is about what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as...
The Spirit of Treason
Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, Christina Shelton, Threshold, 352 pages In his piercing Harvard Commencement Address of 1978, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the former prisoner of the Soviet Gulag who found freedom and truth within its strictures, of-...
The Spirit of Treason
The Spirit of Treason by RICHARD M. REINSCH II Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason, Christina Shelton, Threshold, 352 pagesIn his piercing Harvard Commencement Address of 1978, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the former prisoner of the Soviet Gulag who found freedom...
Two Cheers for Heresy on Global Warming
Climate change is a cycle - of faddish opinionsI first encountered the strong case for global warming in the early 1970s in an Isaac Asimov science column. As an elementary school student, I merely nodded my head, assumed that America's political leadership...
Two Cheers for Heresy on Global Warming: Climate Change Is a Cycle-Of Faddish Opinions
I first encountered the strong case for global warming in the early 1970s in an Isaac Asimov science column. As an elementary school student, I merely nodded my head, assumed that America's political leadership would address the danger, and moved on...
We Are Not All Westerners Now
No One's World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Charles A. Kupchan, Oxford University Press, 272 pages In Blind Oracles, his study of the role of intellectuals in formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy during the...
What's So Special about Special Ops?
SEALs and Rangers are no answer to our military woes.In the face of the failure of America's conventional military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Washington establishment seeks a silver bullet, a "force of choice" that can win. It thinks it has...
What's So Special about Special Ops? SEALs and Rangers Are No Answer to Our Military Woes
In the face of the failure of America's conventional military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Washington establishment seeks a silver bullet, a "force of choice" that can win. It thinks it has found one in Special Operations Forces, which include...
Who Closed the American Mind?
Allan Bloom was brilliant, but wrong about Burke and multiculturalismOne crisp morning 26 years ago I was walking across the campus of the University of Chicago, where I had just enrolled as a first-year Ph.D. candidate in the renowned Committee on Social...
Who Closed the American Mind? Allan Bloom Was Brilliant, but Wrong about Burke and Multiculturalism
One crisp morning 26 years ago I was walking across the campus of the University of Chicago, where I had just en- rolled as a first-year Ph.D. candidate in the renowned Committee on Social Thought. While I had not yet met him, I had heard much about...
Who Was John Randolph?
John Randolph of Roanoke, David Johnson, LSUPress, 352 pages John Randolph of Roanoke was everything the modern conservative might despise: aristocratic, sexually ambiguous, occasionally irreligious, anti-party, and the sworn enemy of military adventurism....