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. 7, July

Alternate History
The right needs a narrative to refute the superstitions of progress.AT ANY GIVEN TIME, most cultures have a dominant narrative, a collectively agreed upon story that explains where they came from, where they are going, and why. Narratives change over...
Alternate History: The Right Needs a Narrative to Refute the Superstitions of Progress
AT ANY GIVEN TIME, most cultures have a dominant narrative, a collectively agreed upon story that explains where they came from, where they are going, and why. Narratives change over time--modern Italy's is not that of ancient Rome--and several may...
Born to Consume
For MTV, teen pregnancy is big business.FOR THOSE WHO don't watch MTV, it may take a hundred turns through the grocery aisle to realize who these attractive young women are. They look like any other celebrity - stalked by paparazzi while doing everyday...
Born to Consume: For MTV, Teen Pregnancy Is Big Business
FOR THOSE WHO don't watch MTV, it may take a hundred turns through the grocery aisle to realize who these attractive young women are. They look like any other celebrity--stalked by paparazzi while doing everyday chores, babies slung on the hip in one...
Born to Stay Put
In May 1978 I had just finished my first unhappy year of college. Growing up, I had been hazily aware of social class; the lawyers' kids joined Ski Club and the janitors' boys took shop, but our town was too small for any real class segregation, even...
Born to Stay Put
In May 1978 I had just finished my first unhappy year of college. Growing up, I had been hazily aware of social class; the lawyers' kids joined Ski Club and the janitors'boys took shop, but our town was too small for any real class segregation, even...
Christian Epic
Christian Epic [C. S. Lewis's Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile, A. T. Reyes, ed., Yale University Press, 256 pages]VIRGIL'S AENEID opened a "mass of religious ideas" to ateenaged C.S. Lewis. The Roman epic poem, combined with Lewis's tradition of rigorous...
Contra Galbraith
James Galbraith has provided a provocative essay that incorporates-in an almost stream-of-consciousness style-his commentary on topics ranging from David Ricardo to Robert Rubin. I'll concentrate on two of his themes. First, it's dubious for Galbraith...
Eye of Newt
Newt Gingrich's fidelity to family values may be a punch line, but that's not about to stop the former speaker of the House of Representatives from making a bid for the White House. (And with President Obama vowing to raise $1 billion for his re-election...
Eye of Newt
[ELECTION]Newt Gingrich's fidelity to family values may be a punch line, but that's not about to stop the former speaker of the House of Representatives from making a bid for the White House. (And with President Obama vowing to raise $1 billion for his...
Forum
CHRISTIANS FOR ISLAMISMMichael Dougherty's article about the Christian religious right and their "commitment to seeing American power employed abroad in spreading democracy and human rights" ("Crossing the Tea," June 20 1 1) fails to address some of...
Fukuyama's World
Fukuyama's World BOOKS [The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, Francis Fukuyama, Forrar, Straus and Biroux, 608 pages]WHENEVER PROMINENT nationalsecurity intellectual Francis "The End of History" Fukuyama publishes...
Happiness Implosion
Seven cult films chronicle the collapse of '60s idealism.THE '60S MYTH is one of the great cults of our time. We all know the story. If you don't, watch PBS tonight or any other night. It goes like this. Across America, a revolution led by the young,...
Happiness Implosion: Seven Cult Films Chronicle the Collapse of '60S Idealism
THE '60S MYTH is one of the great cults of our time. We all know the story. If you don't, watch PBS tonight or any other night. It goes like this. Across America, a revolution led by the young, creative, idealistic, and fearless vanquished a stultifying...
Kansas Still Bleeds
Kansas Still Bleeds [The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion, Stephen Singular, St. Martin's Press, 368 pages]STEPHEN SINGULAR has authored some 20 books, of which the bestknown is Talked to Death, about the murder...
Liberty's Maverick
Rep. Justin Amash sticks to the Constitution - even when it hurts.THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER calls him a "small government heartthrob." The New York Times reports he has "voted against Republican-backed bills more than any other party member, even if he...
Liberty's Maverick: Rep. Justin Amash Sticks to the Constitution-Even When It Hurts
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER calls him a "small government heartthrob." The New York Times reports he has "voted against Republican-backed bills more than any other party member, even if he agrees with them." Greta Van Susteren brands him "cowardly." ...
Mission Accomplished?
On May 2, Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. TAC asks six foreign-policy experts to consider the implications for the War on Terror.Andrew J. BacevichThe killing of Osama bin Laden settles nothing, decides nothing, and repairs nothing. Yet...
Mission Accomplished? on May 2, Navy SEALs Killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. TAC Asks Six Foreign-Policy Experts to Consider the Implications for the War on Terror
Andrew J. Bacevich The killing of Osama bin Laden settles nothing, decides nothing, and repairs nothing. Yet the passing of the al-Qaeda leader just might serve an important purpose. We confront a moment of revelation: Coming across bin Laden comfortably...
One Man, Many Votes
On May 7 last year, Britain woke up to a hung parliament. Gordon Brown, the disastrous Labour prime minister, had lost the general election; but who had won? David Cameron's Conservatives had somehow blown a huge lead in the polls and did not have...
Osama's Ghost
Bin Laden is dead, but his strategy still bleeds the United States.OSAMA BIN LADEN predicted long ago he would die a martyr at the hands of U.S. forces, and so it has come to pass. Americans are rejoicing that the man credited with the monstrous crime...
Osama's Ghost: Bin Laden Is Dead, but His Strategy Still Bleeds the United States
OSAMA BIN LADEN predicted long ago he would die a martyr at the hands of U.S. forces, and so it has come to pass. Americans are rejoicing that the man credited with the monstrous crime of 9/11 has been killed after a 10-year search. Neocons and far--right...
Radical Kirk
Kirkpatrick Sale's secessionism brings left and right together.PART OF BEING the "Southern Avenger" - the talk-radio moniker I have used for over a decade broadcasting from Charleston, South Carolina - means defending a political act many Americans consider...
Radical Kirk: Kirkpatrick Sale's Secessionism Brings Left and Right Together
PART OF BEING the "Southern Avenger"--the talk-radio moniker I have used for over a decade broadcasting from Charleston, South Carolina--means defending a political act many Americans consider radical: secession. In May 2009, I quoted a contemporary...
Rebel North
Today secession and nullification are mocked as fringe in America, but Americans who look across the Atlantic will see a political union in which the ties that bind may soon be loosened. In British elections this May, Scots rejected the London-based...
Rebel North
[BRITAIN]Today secession and nullification are mocked as fringe in America, but Americans who look across the Atlantic will see a political union in which the ties that bind may soon be loosened. In British elections this May, Scots rejected the London-based...
The End of History
The End of History [The Future of History, John Lukacs, Yale University Press, 177 pages]ACCORDING TO the philosopher E.G. Collingwood (1889-1943), the 20th century was to be dominated by two disciplines, the natural sciences and history. Indeed, all...
Thrown to the Lions
One month before the invasion of Iraq, Riah Abu elAssal, a Palestinian and the Anglican bishop of Jerusalem at the time, warned Tony Blair, "You will be responsible for emptying Iraq, the homeland of Abraham, of Christians." The bishop proved a prophet....
Torture's Comeback
Don't rush to credit waterboarding for catching bin Laden.THE KILLING of Osama bin Laden should have provoked some healthy debate about our ongoing reaction to the 9/11 attacks. Was this manhunt worth thé $3 trillion estimated by National Journal"? Does...
Torture's Comeback: Don't Rush to Credit Waterboarding for Catching Bin Laden
THE KILLING of Osama bin Laden should have provoked some healthy debate about our ongoing reaction to the 9/11 attacks. Was this manhunt worth the $3 trillion estimated by National Journal? Does our alliance structure guarantee the creation of more...
View from the Gutter
View From the Gutter [A Renegade History of the United States, Thaddeus Russell, Free Press, 400 pages]THE CITIES OF COLONIAL and early republican America teemed with whores, homosexual pirates, and illegitimate children; slaves frequently labored less...
Why Not Keynes?
Adam Smith's disciples run America - and that's the problem.IN THE HIGH CRISIS just two years back, the cult of John Maynard Keynes saw a dramatic revival. Deficits were acceptable, stimulus plans became law, books entitled Return of the Master and The...
Why Not Keynes? Adam Smith's Disciples Run America-And That's the Problem
IN THE HIGH CRISIS just two years back, the cult of John Maynard Keynes saw a dramatic revival. Deficits were acceptable, stimulus plans became law, books entitled Return of the Master and The Keynes Solution rushed into print. Enthusiasts spoke of...
You're Hired
Poor old Donald Trump. The president of the United States stands up in a cavernous, packed ballroom and makes fun of him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner while thousands laugh their heads off. The Donald remains stony-faced and unsmiling,...
You're Hired
Poor old Donald Trump. The president of the United States stands up in a cavernous, packed ballroom and makes fun of him at the White House Correspondents'Dinner while thousands laugh their heads off. The Donald remains stonyfaced and unsmiling, stoic...
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