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. 7, No. 23, December 1

Africa's Last, Worst Hope
A continent that withstood European colonialism welcomes Chinese conquest.IT IS THE OPTIMISM of Africa that is so heartbreaking. In the alleyways of townships where human waste dribbles among the potholes, in mud villages where tiny homes cluster round...
Africa's Last, Worst Hope: A Continent That Withstood European Colonialism Welcomes Chinese Conquest
IT IS THE OPTIMISM of Africa that is so heartbreaking. In the alleyways of townships where human waste dribbles among the potholes, in mud villages where tiny homes cluster round anthills, the same scene replays. Out of dim hovels come scrubbed children...
America's Judge
The creator of "Beavis and Butthead" turns his wit on multicultural liberalism.WHATEVER THE TYPICAL background might be for an animator and film director, odds are Mike Judge's isn't it. The Ecuadorian-born auteur's searingly satirical insights about...
America's Judge: The Creator of "Beavis and Butthead" Turns His Wit on Multicultural Liberalism
WHATEVER THE TYPICAL background might be for an animator and film director, odds are Mike Judge's isn't it. The Ecuadorian-born auteur's searingly satirical insights about contemporary America are all the more remarkable for his life's journey, a winding...
Chinese Lessons
FOR DECADES, before a heedless congregation, some of us have preached the old Hamiltonian gospel. Great nations do not have trade partners. They have trade competitors and rivals. Trade surpluses are superior to trade deficits. Tariffs on foreign...
Clinton Cabinet
The politics of change look surprisingly familiar.PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama may have a mandate for change, but it's becoming apparent that any transformation will have to come from within-literally. There is hardly a soul on his transition team or...
Clinton Cabinet: The Politics of Change Look Surprisingly Familiar
PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama may have a mandate for change, but it's becoming apparent that any transformation will have to come from within--literally. There is hardly a soul on his transition team or among his prospective administration who hasn't...
Collateral Damage
Why the usual fixes aren't stopping the financial freefallIN THE PAST MONTH, the monetary base-also known as M0 or, more piquantly, high-powered money-has shot up 25 percent For the first time, the only part of the money supply utterly controlled by...
Collateral Damage: Why the Usual Fixes Aren't Stopping the Financial Freefall
IN THE PAST MONTH, the monetary base--also known as M0 or, more piquantly, high-powered money--has shot up 25 percent. For the first time, the only part of the money supply utterly controlled by the Federal Reserve exceeds $1 trillion. This spectacular...
Deep Background
Analysis who follow military developments in Iran noto that the intermediate range Shahab-3 ballistic missile, developed from North Korean designs over ton years ago, has apparently had its guidance system upgraded. As ballistic missiles only truly become...
Deep Thoughts
Indeed the world is too much with us, late and soon. There are things other than elections and recessions, maybe things even more important, certainly things that have been around longer than we have or will be. Some years back, I was on a scuba...
Enemy of Our Enemy
Secular Syria's struggle with radical Islam should make it our ally, not our antagonist.IT'S A MIDDLE EASTERN country where Christian celebrations are official state holidays and civil servants are allowed to take Sunday morning off to go to church,...
Enemy of Our Enemy: Secular Syria's Struggle with Radical Islam Should Make It Our Ally, Not Our Antagonist
IT'S A MIDDLE EASTERN country where Christian celebrations are official state holidays and civil servants are allowed to take Sunday morning off to go to church, even though Sunday is a working day. A place where women can smoke and wear make-up and...
God Save the King
Could it happen here in Britain? Could someone like Barack Obama occupy the highest office in the land? Certainly. The Prince of Wales may not be black, but like Obama, he springs from fairly recent immigrant stock. His father, the Duke of Edinburgh,...
Home Evasion
Good news for millions of Americans wearily chipping away at their mortgages, even as property values continue to plummet. Under a new government program, anyone with a loan guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae and little or no home equity can get...
Home Evasion
[ECONOMY]Good news for millions of Americans wearily chipping away at their mortgages, even as property values continue to plummet. Under a new government program, anyone with a loan guaranteed by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae and little or no home equity...
Joe the Democrat
Which battles will President Obama pick? What entrenched powers will he appease? Whom will he challenge? Despite their November victory, Democrats do not have a particularly impressive record over the past eight years. They enthusiastically endorsed...
Joe the Democrat
[BELTWAY]Which battles will President Obama pick? What entrenched powers will he appease? Whom will he challenge? Despite their November victory, Democrats do not have a particularly impressive record over the past eight years. They enthusiastically...
Left Turn Ahead
William Appleman Williams and Gabriel Kolko impart vital lessons for the Right.CONSERVATIVES HAVE LONG taken for granted their place on the right of the political spectrum. But as the organized Right, in the form of the Republican Party, has hitched...
Left Turn Ahead: William Appleman Williams and Gabriel Kolko Impart Vital Lessons for the Right
CONSERVATIVES HAVE LONG taken for granted their place on the right of the political spectrum. But as the organized Right, in the form of the Republican Party, has hitched its wagon to big business and big government in the decades since World War II,...
Planet Obama
[king of the world]Global euphoria is better than the disrepute of the Bush years, but so far our new president's appeal is entirely symbolic.LIKE IT OR NOT, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States has done an immense amount...
Planet Obama: Global Euphoria Is Better Than the Disrepute of the Bush Years, but So Far Our New President's Appeal Is Entirely Symbolic
LIKE IT OR NOT, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States has done an immense amount to restore American prestige in the world. Not since the destruction of the Twin Towers has there been dancing in the streets anywhere on...
Unbearable Lightness
Unbearable LightnessFILM[Happy-Go-Lucky]"HAPPY-GO-LUCKY," five-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh's "quirky" and "offbeat" comedy about a young London schoolteacher who is, yes, happy-golucky, has enjoyed the most unanimous critical acclaim of any film this...
Unbearable Lightness: Happy-Go-Lucky
"HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, " five-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh's "quirky" and "offbeat" comedy about a young London schoolteacher who is, yes, happy-go-lucky, has enjoyed the most unanimous critical acclaim of any film this year. All 31 "Top Critics" on the...
You Can Make This Stuff Up
Vince Flynn writes of a world in which terrorists are always at the door. Unfortunately, official Washington hasn't realized he's a novelist.THE BUSH AIDE who claimed "We create our own reality" could have added that novelist Vince Flynn would be a consultant....
You Can Make This Stuff Up: Vince Flynn Writes of a World in Which Terrorists Are Always at the Door. Unfortunately, Official Washington Hasn't Realized He's a Novelist
THE BUSH AIDE who claimed "We create our own reality" could have added that novelist Vince Flynn would be a consultant. Flynn's books have been discussed by cabinet members and intelligence-agency heads. He claims his potboilers are the bedtime reading...
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