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. 10, No. 12, December

2012 and Its Discontents
The 2012 presidential race portends to be the most expensive yet, with Barack Obama aspiring to raise $1 billion for re-election and hurricanes of campaign spending on the way from super PACs. Costly it might be, but edifying is something else. Republicans...
2012 and Its Discontents
The 2012 presidential race portends to be the most expensive yet, with Barack Obama aspiring to raise $1 billion for re-election and hurricanes of campaign spending on the way from super PACs. Costly it might be, but edifying is something else. Republicans...
After the Alleged Iranian Government Plot to Assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador in Washington, the White House Issued a Finding to the Intelligence Community Authorizing Stepped-Up Covert Action against Iran
After the alleged Iranian government plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in L Washington, the White House issued a finding to the intelligence community authorizing stepped-up covert action against Iran. A "finding" is top-level approval...
A Grief Unobserved
Did Evelyn Waugh's cruelty cost him his wife-and life?Can a woman ... have no compassion on the child from her womb?-Isaiah 49:15Bereavement. Weird thing. You have known for years an utterly kind, virtuous, and devout lady who suddenly tells you that...
A Grief Unobserved: Did Evelyn Waugh's Cruelty Cost Him His Wife-And Life? (Culture)
Can a woman ... have no compassion on the child from her womb? -Isaiah 49:15 Bereavement. Weird thing. You have known for years an utterly kind, virtuous, and devout lady who suddenly tells you that K., her daughter, aged 31--also utterly kind,...
All-American Abduction
I knew Sinatra Jr.'s kidnapper-he got my sister first.The knock came on our front door at six in the morning. I was there to open it. The youngest in my family, I got all the stooge tasks. I swung the door wide and there stood Barry Keenan, a senior...
All-American Abduction: I Knew Sinatra Jr.'s Kidnapper-He Got My Sister First
The knock came on our front door at six in the morning. I was there to open it. The youngest in my family, I got all the stooge tasks. I swung the door wide and there stood Barry Keenan, a senior at University High in West Los Angeles and a prominent...
America vs. the Globe
America vs. the Globe Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or Be Ruled by Others?, John Fonte, Encounter, 449 pages"Who governs?" is perhaps the oldest question in political science. And for the vast majority of Americans, it has...
Arguing Hitchens
Arguing Hitchens Arguably: Essays, Christopher Hitchens, Twelve Books, 788 pagesIt has always been with me a test of the sense and candor of anyone belonging to the opposite party whether he allowed Christopher Hitchens to be an ornament of AngloAmerican...
Conservatives vs. the Pope
The Church isn't always on the right's side.Another day, another provocative statement of moral instruction from the Vatican, another chorus of prominent American Catholic commentators dismissing it as more silliness from out of touch ideologues in faraway...
Conservatives vs. the Pope: The Church Isn't Always on the Right's Side
Another day, another provocative statement of moral instruction from the Vatican, another chorus of prominent American Catholic commentators dismissing it as more silliness from out of touch ideologues in faraway Rome. Except for once the naysayers...
Frankenstein's Farm
Transgenic agriculture twists property rights as well as DNA.Corporations owning life. Scientists taking DNA out of plants and putting it into animals, or vice versa. Shooting electron cannons into genes to split off or insert strange chromosomes. Pigs...
Frankenstein's Farm: Transgenic Agriculture Twists Property Rights as Well as DNA
Corporations owning life. Scientists taking DNA out of plants and putting it into animals, or vice versa. Shooting electron cannons into genes to split off or insert strange chromosomes. Pigs without stress genes. Pollen wafting across fields, sterilizing...
Freedom Means War
Why libertarians can't do foreign policy.It sounds cliché, but your average libertarian experiences an acute form of cognitive dissonance when considering whether to vote for a Republican presidential candidate. Since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have...
Freedom Means War: Why Libertarians Can't Do Foreign Policy
It sounds cliche, but your average libertarian experiences an acute form of cognitive dissonance when considering whether to vote for a Republican presidential candidate. Since Ronald Reagan, Republicans have tended to enunciate free-market positions...
Inflation by Any Other Name
Nominal GDP targeting puts your savings in the crosshairs.Flummoxed by a recession that has proven resistant to fiscal and monetary stimulus, the nation's financial pundits have hatched a new policy- or at least a new catchphrase- that some are claiming...
Inflation by Any Other Name: Nominal GDP Targeting Puts Your Savings in the Crosshairs
Flummoxed by a recession that has proven resistant to fiscal and monetary stimulus, the nation's financial pundits have hatched a new policy--or at least a new catchphrase--that some are claiming will finally fix the ailing, slow-growth U.S. economy....
Iowa, Forget the Caucuses
Our daughter will be spending the snowy months rehearsing her role as Marian the Librarian in her high school's production of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," that tuneful Iowa-placed warhorse--no, parade horse--of community theater. (The flaw in...
Leaner, Meaner Marines
Even with a Taftian foreign policy and a defensive grand strategy, America will still need forces that can act overseas. Our New Model Defense Department will rely on the Marine Corps to provide them. Situations where we send in the Marines will...
Letters
SPEAK TRUTH TO BOMB POWERBravo for William Lind's "Reshaping the Pentagon" (October 2011). One might disagree with some of the details, but a radical reduction in military spending is wise and long overdue. The implementation of such a reduction is absolutely...
Nuclear Money Pit
America's atomic arsenal is stuck in the Cold War era.These days superpower nuclear-weapons controversies hardly elicit the excitement that once inspired such bumper-sticker slogans as, "you can't hug children with nuclear arms." The "no nukes!" movement...
Nuclear Money Pit: America's Atomic Arsenal Is Stuck in the Cold War Era
These days superpower nuclear-weapons controversies hardly elicit the excitement that once inspired such bumper-sticker slogans as, "you can't hug children with nuclear arms." The "no nukes!" movement has gone the way of the Cold War and MTV playing...
Old and Right
The Socialist is mistaken in thinking that there is nothing real behind the phrases "rights of property" "for king and country" On the contrary, there is, and it is exactly what I or any other young Conservative holds. But I should never dream of expressing...
Red Christmas
Although on the wrong side of 70, I still get excited about Christmas. It used to mean family holidays, trips, and getting out of boarding school. Now it still means good things, like parties and getting together with my children. And there's always...
Red Christmas
Although on the wrong side of 70, 1 still get excited about Christmas. It used to mean family holidays, trips, and getting out of boarding school. Now it still means good things, like parties and getting together with my children. And there's always...
Scandal's Tithe
Scandal's Tithe Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, Jason Berry, Crown, 432 pagesA reporter who covered the Catholic sex-abuse scandals of the early 2000s once confided in me that the experience caused him to lose his faith....
The Art of Gore
The Art of Gore Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror, Jason Zinoman, Penguin, 272 pagesCall to mind your most recent nightmare. Chances are it involved a sweaty, panicked flight...
The Original Kool-Aid Drinkers
The Original Kool-Aid Drinkers A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown, Julia Scheeres, Free Press, 320 pagesSurreal doesn't convey the fictional quality of hundreds of happy children obliviously awaiting their...
The Senate's Mr. Tea
Mike Lee brings grassroots conservatism to Washington.In February 2009, Mike Lee was complaining to a friend, Utah conservative activist Monte Bateman, about the discouraging political scene. Republicans had just spent much of the past eight years ratcheting...
The Senate's Mr. Tea: Mike Lee Brings Grassroots Conservatism to Washington
In February 2009, Mike Lee was complaining to a friend, Utah conservative activist Monte Bateman, about the discouraging political scene. Republicans had just spent much of the past eight years ratcheting up government spending and swelling the deficit....
Unpopular Vote
Enemies of the Electoral College aim to scrap the Founders' design.During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was "almost the only part of the system,...
Unpopular Vote: Enemies of the Electoral College Aim to Scrap the Founders' Design
During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was "almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure...
Who Won the Iraq War?
As the troops come home, it's time to count the cost.In October, 2002 I wrote in the first issue of The American Conservative an analysis of the impending Iraq War entitled "The Road to Folly."I observed, "A war that fails to achieve clear political...
Who Won the Iraq War? as the Troops Come Home, It's Time to Count the Cost
In October, 2002 I wrote in the first issue of The American Conservative an analysis of the impending Iraq War entitled "The Road to Folly." I observed, "A war that fails to achieve clear political objectives is merely an exercise in violence and...
Winter for the West
On October 31, the UN Population Fund marked the arrival of the 7 billionth person on Earth and raised the population estimate for the planet at mid-century to 9.3 billion people. By century's end, the world population may reach 15 billion. What...
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