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. 12, December

Arab Spring, Israeli Winter
Martin van Creveld on what the Muslim uprisings mean for IsraelSince the late 1980s, I have argued that the fundamental question in war and foreign affairs has changed. It is no longer which state will triumph over which other state. The new question...
Arab Spring, Israeli Winter: Martin Van Creveld on What the Muslim Uprisings Mean for Israel
Since the late 1980s, I have argued that the fundamental question in war and foreign affairs has changed. It is no longer which state will triumph over which other state. The new question is whether, in the face of the rise of powerful non-state entities,...
Are You Better off Now?
Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Robert Sirico, Regnery, 256 pages The visitor to the Acton Institute's offices in Grand Rapids may notice on one wall an iconic framed photo. It captures Acton founders Fr. Robert Sirico...
Capitalist Cure
A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity, Luigi Zingales, Basic Books, 336 pages In 1934, University of Chicago economist Henry C. Simons published a seminal policy pamphlet titled A Positive Program for Laissez...
Deepbackground
The various accounts of the Sept. 11 Benghazi incident in which four Americans died demonstrate that there is a profound misunderstanding of what the Central Intelligence Agency does and how it interacts with the State Department overseas. The U.S. ambassador...
Deep Background
The various accounts of the Sept. 11 Benghazi incident in which four Americans died demonstrate that there is a profound misunderstanding of what the Central Intelligence Agency does and how it interacts with the State Department overseas. The U.S....
Girls on Top
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, Hannah Rosin, Riverhead, 320 pages For me, the rise of women began in my sophomore year of high school. From just a few weeks in, my high-school life was dominated by a single activity:...
Gun Control, RIP
Living With Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment, Craig R. Whitney, Public Affairs, 304 pages 2012 was a horrific year for mass shootings. Americans were shocked by an April spree at a religious school in Oakland that killed seven; the...
I Clean My Gun and Dream of Galveston
Is there a better antiwar pop song than "Galveston," which Jimmy Webb wrote and Glen Campbell sang in the Vietnam-hued year of 1969? Therein, a young soldier daydreams of his Texas home by the Gulf and the girl he left behind. He describes the things...
Paying Tuition to a Giant Hedge Fund
From its 1636 foundation Harvard had always ranked as Americas oldest and most prestigious college, even as it gradually grew in size and academic quality during the first three centuries of its existence. The widespread destruction brought about by...
Political Capital, Not Campaigns
Republicans grope for answers: how could Barack Obama have been reelected amid a stagnant economy and unemployment over 8 percent? How could the GOP have suffered a net loss of two seats in the U.S. Senate--and a handful in the House, though not enough...
Political Capital, Not Campaigns
Republicans grope for answers: how could Barack Obama have been reelected amid a stagnant economy and unemployment over 8 percent? How could the GOP have suffered a net loss of two seats in the U.S. Senate - and a handful in the House, though not enough...
Reactions
WAR ON THE FAMILYA real irony is how many "family values"-types are war hawks ("Why Conservatives Hate War," November 2012). It is hardly an obscure fact that military life is deadly to family life, both in the literal sense and in the divorce rate military...
Revenge of the Reality-Based Community
My life on the Republican right - and how I saw it all go wrong.I know that it's unattractive and bad form to say "I told you so" when one's advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it's essential...
Revenge of the Reality-Based Community: My Life on the Republican Right-And How I Saw It All Go Wrong
I know that it's unattractive and bad form to say "I told you so" when one's advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it's essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of...
Taki's School Days
It was 1948, the great Joe Di was injured most of the season, and old reliable Tommy Henrich was at first base, Charlie Keller at right field, with a young Yogi Berra behind the plate, but even with pitchers like Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi the Bronx...
Taki's School Days
It was 1948, the great Joe Di was injured most of the season, and old reliable Tommy Henrich was at first base, Charlie Keller at right field, with a young Yogi Berra behind the plate, but even with pitchers like Allie Reynolds and Vic Raschi the Bronx...
The Myth of American Meritocracy
How corrupt are Ivy League admissions?Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Times story broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a Government course on the...
The Myth of American Meritocracy: How Corrupt Are Ivy League Admissions?
Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Times story broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a Government course on the role of Congress had plagiarized...
The Party That Lost America
After its second defeat at the hands of Barack Obama, under whom unemployment has never been lower than the day George W. Bush left office, the Republican Party has at last awakened to its existential crisis. Eighteen states have voted Democratic...
Utopia by the Slice
Living the Faith: A Life of Tom Monaghan, James Leonard, University of Michigan, 424 pages Americans love rags-to-riches stories. Unfortunately, as told by James Leonard and lived by Tom Monaghan, this one is neither ennobling nor instructive. ...