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. 11, November

An Iceberg Called Bernanke
Manipulating interest rates is only the tip of the Federal Reserves agenda.No wonder the policies of the Federal Reserve are so widely misunderstood: in many ways the Fed is like an iceberg, with its public pronouncements being only the visible 10 percent...
An Iceberg Called Bernanke: Manipulating Interest Rates Is Only the Tip of the Federal Reserve's Agenda
No wonder the policies of the Federal Reserve are so widely misunderstood: in many ways the Fed is like an iceberg, with its public pronouncements being only the visible 10 percent above water. The real mass of the Fed's actions lies beneath the surface,...
Boris Johnson's Coup
London's mayor is pagan, popular, and aspires to be prime minister.On a windy September day in London, I went out to see the post-Olympics "victory parade." I found a good spot by a railing on a street in Westminster, near the Houses of Parliament, and...
Boris Johnson's Coup: London's Mayor Is Pagan, Popular, and Aspires to Be Prime Minister
On a windy September day in London, I went out to see the post-Olympics "victory parade." I found a good spot by a railing on a street in Westminster, near the Houses of Parliament, and watched as Britain's Olympians and Paralympians filed past in...
Close Encounter
The last days of the Cold War's greatest journalYou know you're getting old when graduate students - still in diapers when the Berlin Wall collapsed - lecture to you about Leonard Bernstein As Cold War Icon. Especially when they insist on saying "Bern-sreen,"...
Close Encounter: The Last Days of the Cold War's Greatest Journal
You know you're getting old when graduate students--still in diapers when the Berlin Wall collapsed--lecture to you about Leonard Bernstein As Cold War Icon. Especially when they insist on saying "Bern-steen," which no Australian in Lenny's lifetime...
Conservatism's Hour
After every election half the country sighs with relief while the other gnashes its teeth. What remain constant as Republicans and Democrats rotate through office are the intractable difficulties the nation now faces. From budget surpluses and confidence...
Conservatism's Hour
After every election half the country sighs with relief while the other gnashes its teeth. What remain constant as Republicans and Democrats rotate through office are the intractable difficulties the nation now faces. From budget surpluses and confidence...
Deep Background
Washington's playbook has been reduced to "drop back and punt" in Afghanistan. Everybody knows that there have been on-again off-again talks to obtain a political settlement, but there has been much speculation over what exactly is taking place since...
Founding Financiers
The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy, Thomas K. McCraw, Belknap Press, 496 pages In a source I cannot now recall, I once read that following the failure of a movie set during the era of the...
Getting a Read on Rand Paul
Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds, Rand Paul, Center Street, 280 pages With Ron Paul's exit from Congress, his senator son, Rand Paul, is now the great hope of many conservatives and...
Grover Norquist vs. the Pentagon
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, famously quipped that he didn't want to do away with government, merely "shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." He is best known as the architect of the Taxpayer...
Honky-Talk Woman
What's the Matter With White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was, Joan Walsh, Wiley, 278 pages Everybody knows who Joan Walsh is. To liberals she's a saint, and they just might have a point: her TV guest spots have established her...
How the Rich Rule
Financialization means class war, not market freedom.Ernest Hemingway: I am getting to know the rich.Mary Colum: I think you'll find the only difference between the rich and other people is that the rich have more money.Irish literary critic Mary Colum...
How the Rich Rule: Financialization Means Class War, Not Market Freedom
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: I am getting to know the rich. MARY COLUM: I think you'll find the only difference between the rich and other people is that the rich have more money. Irish literary critic Mary Colum was mistaken. Greater net worth is not the...
Mind of the New Majority
Pat Buchanan is more than a conservative- he's Nixon meets Spengler.Patrick J. Buchanan stood beside a window Chicago's Conrad Hilton hotel during 1968 Democratic convention and over the panorama of dissent raging below. At about two in the morning,...
Mind of the New Majority: Pat Buchanan Is More Than a Conservative-He's Nixon Meets Spengler
Patrick J. Buchanan stood beside a window in Chicago's Conrad Hilton hotel during the 1968 Democratic convention and looked over the panorama of dissent raging below. At about two in the morning, the phone rang--it was Nixon. "Buchanan, what is happening...
No Exit for Iran
In diplomacy, always leave your adversary an honorable avenue of retreat. Fifty years ago, to resolve a Cuban missile crisis that had brought us to the brink of nuclear war, JFK did that. He conveyed to Nikita Khrushchev, secretly, that if the Soviet...
No Quotas, No Elite Public High School
How Los Angeles undercut its pathbreaking iHP projectIn late September I attended a memorial service for William M. FitzGibbon, a retired public school teacher who had passed away a few weeks earlier, just short of his 78th birthday.Without doubt Bill...
No Quotas, No Elite Public High School: How Los Angeles Undercut Its Pathbreaking IHP Project
In late September I attended a memorial service for William M. Fitz-Gibbon, a retired public school teacher who had passed away a few weeks earlier, just short of his 78th birthday. Without doubt Bill Fitz-Gibbon--"Fitz" to everyone--was the individual...
Paris in Fall
A traditionalist rediscovers American liberty in France.In October, I decamped with my wife and children to Paris for a month. You could probably fit all the Francophile conservatives in America in the elevator of my building, but I do love France, especially...
Paris in Fall: A Traditionalist Rediscovers American Liberty in France
In October, I decamped with my wife and children to Paris for a month. You could probably fit all the Francophile conservatives in America in the elevator of my building, but I do love France, especially Paris in the autumn. And as a conservative of...
Post-Colonial Prophet
From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia, Pankaj Mishra, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 356pages Pankaj Mishra is a fascinating creature. He was born to a family of pauperized Brahmins in Jhansi, a small town in the north of India...
Reactions
MODERNISM AND MULTICULTURALISMSomewhere between Patrick J. Deneen's re-reading of Bloom and Daniel McCarthy's exaltation of modernist tendencies (October 2012) is some substantial food for thought, but also a few troubling contradictions.If one were...
Revolutionary Rich
Former Republican congressional aide Mike Lofgrens September article on the secession of America's financial elites set new records for TheAmericanConservative.com, attracting more than 175,000 readers and 11,000 Facebook "likes" The piece was named...
Right from the Beginning
How quickly time flies, and how much more quickly they forget? It was ten years ago that I flew to Washington to see Pat Buchanan with a proposal in mind. Scott McConnell was with me, and the deal we presented to Pat was a new magazine whose sole purpose...
Right from the Beginning
How quickly time flies, and how much more quickly they forget? It was ten years ago that I flew to Washington to see Pat Buchanan with a proposal in mind. Scott McConnell was with me, and the deal we presented to Pat was a new magazine whose sole purpose...
Screening Liberty
The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty and Authority in American Film and TV, Paul Cantor, University Press of Kentucky, 488 pages It's easy to flip through television channels today and see a wasteland, from the redneck voyeurism of "Here...
Ten Years in the Right
A decade of The American Conservative - and its enemiesTen years ago, The New Republic greeted news of The American Conservative's pending arrival with a mocking piece titled "Buchanan's Surefire Flop." Franklin Foer's article now seems an almost museum-quality...
Ten Years in the Right: A Decade of the American Conservative-And Its Enemies
Ten years ago, The New Republic greeted news of The American Conservative's pending arrival with a mocking piece titled "Buchanan's Surefire Flop." Franklin Foer's article now seems an almost museum-quality exhibit of neoconservative and liberal hawk...
The Path of Khan
Will Pakistan's most famous cricketer become its next leader?Cricket remains the world's second most popular spectator sport, after soccer, and Imran Khan, a Pakistan-born superstar, bestrode the game in the 1970s and '80s. Imran was not only fearsomely...
The Path of Khan: Will Pakistan's Most Famous Cricketer Become Its Next Leader?
Cricket remains the world's second most popular spectator sport, after soccer, and Imran Khan, a Pakistan-born superstar, bestrode the game in the 1970s and '80s. Imran was not only fearsomely fast and accurate with the ball as a pitcher or "bowler,"...
The Sun Sets on American Empire
The Short American Century: A Post-Mortem, Andrew J. Bacevich, ed., Harvard University Press, 287pages Throughout the campaign season, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama alike insisted that the 21st century must be another American century--that the U.S....
What the People Want
"An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, New York, dir. Doug Hughes Somewhere in Hollywood, there ought to be a statue to Henrik Ibsen. The great 19th-century Norwegian dramatist is often credited with the invention...
Who Killed Rudy Giuliani?
How Ron Paul won the war for conservatism's futureWhen Ron Paul leaves office in January, he will have been more successful than many of the legislators who spent decades maligning him. Paul's ideas have gradually gone from marginal to mainstream, and...
Who Killed Rudy Giuliani? How Ron Paul Won the War for Conservatism's Future
When Ron Paul leaves office in January, he will have been more successful than many of the legislators who spent decades maligning him. Paul's ideas have gradually gone from marginal to mainstream, and his record shows how much even a single determined...
Who Needs a President?
No matter which hollow man occupies the bunker at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the evidence from 225 years points to an inescapable conclusion: the Founders erred horribly in creating the presidency. To invest in one man quasi-kingly powers over the 13...
Whose City? Which Hill?
In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth, Richard M. Gamble, Continuum, 224 pages One of the conventional right's gripes against Democrats like Barack Obama has been their alleged lack of faith in "American exceptionalism."...
Whose City? Which Hill?
Whose City? Which Hill? In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth, Richard M. Gamble, Continuum, 224 pagesOne of the conventional right's gripes against Democrats like Barack Obama has been their alleged lack of faith...
Why Conservatives Hate War
Conflict erodes a nations cultural continuity as well as its finances.One of the odder aspects of present-day politics is the assumption that if you are antiwar you are on the left, and if you are conservative you are "pro-war." Like labelling conservative...
Why Conservatives Hate War: Conflict Erodes a Nations Cultural Continuity as Well as Its Finances
One of the odder aspects of present-day politics is the assumption that if you are antiwar you are on the left, and if you are conservative you are "pro-war." Like labelling conservative states red and liberal states blue, this is an inversion of historical...