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. 5, No. 4, February 27

Alienation as Self-Medication
[Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America, John McWhorter, Gotham Books, 434 pages]Alienation as Self-MedicationJOHN MCWHORTER THINKS he has hit upon the reason so many blacks continue to respond to today's America with an alienation that...
Après Alan, le Deluge?
He had presided over the greatest prosperity in U.S. history when Calvin Coolidge announced from the Black Hills of South Dakota, "I do not choose to run for president in 1928."In March 1929, Coolidge turned the presidency over to Herbert Hoover, the...
Armies of the Right?
Crusading for democracy is actually a left-wing disorder.AN OBSERVER OF THE LEFT might conclude that one of its permanent characteristics is being against war. From European Greens to Hollywood celebrities, denouncing the military and everything associated...
Authoritarian Personalities
[The Virtuoso Conductors: The Central European Tradition from Wagner to Karajan, Raymond Holden, Yale University Press, 384 pages]Authoritarian Personalities"Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor."-Goddard...
Cesar Chavez, Minuteman
The UFW leader was no friend to illegal immigration-until he became an ethnic figurehead.IN CALIFORNIA, only three birthdays are official state holidays: Jesus Christ's, Martin Luther King's, and Cesar Chavez's. Beatification as a secular saint, though,...
Deep Background
Britain, which is already the most photographed country in the world due to an extensive system off security cameras, is about to go one step farther. The proposed Automatic Number Plate Recognition system will rely on the numerous cameras that are already...
Democracy & Its Discontents
be careful what you wish forVoting doesn't produce peace-much less desirable outcomes-in societies that lack the foundations of a liberal order.AS THE NAZIS were about to capture power in the aftermath of the last democratic parliamentary elections in...
Don't Democratize
Deterrence worked with the Soviets. Why not Iran?LET US ASSUME, for the sake of argument, that the neoconservative view of the world is correct. The world contains a number of states dedicated to threatening U.S. allies and perpetrating terrorist attacks....
Field Trip from Woody World
FILM[Match Point]Field Trip From Woody WorldNONE OF WOODY ALLEN'S three dozen movies has made more than $40 million at the box office, and the last one to do that well was "Hannah and Her Sisters" two decades ago.Yet Woody's reputation among film critics...
Food for Thought
Farmers' markets and family meals are essentially conservative.I GREW UP in a town without a McDonald's. It's hard to express how humiliating this was, to watch fast-food commercials knowing we were condemned to settle for our local hamburger joints....
Forum
COME HOME, DEMOCRATSI enjoyed very much Bill Kauffman's article on George McGovern in the Jan. 30 edition. He provided a useful correction of the caricature of McGovern held by many conservatives (like me). In the end, however, the sad truth is-as Kauffman...
Report Card
Kinder, gentler education bureaucrats, but where are the results?FOUR YEARS AFTER the Bush administration's signature education reform became law, you might think that there would be some consensus as to whether No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is passing...
Still Fighting the Last War
[The Cold War: A New History, John Lewis Caddis, Penguin, 400 pages]Still Fighting the Last WarTHE COLD WAR defined international politics from 1945 to 1989 and profoundly shaped the outlook of two generations. As James Mann shows in Rise of the Vulcans:...
Switch Hitting
[WAR]"On the sixth day of Hate Week, after the processions, the speeches, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars...
The Deuce's Detroit
Henry Ford famously said that "history is bunk," but if the news coming out of Detroit these days is any indication, Motor City U.S.A. will soon be history. GM lost $8.6 billion last year, the largest loss since 1992, when the company went down for $23.5...
The State of Utopia
PRESIDENTThe memorable moments of past Bush State of the Union addresses were his "axis of evil" and those 16 fraudulent words about Saddam's supposed efforts to obtain yellowcake from Niger. If the 2006 speech is to be remembered, it will be for similar...
War in Error
Sending a general to do a sheriff's jobSMALL EVENTS sometimes reveal large truths. Last month's U.S. missile strike in the remote Bajaur district of Pakistan was such an event. Aimed at taking out Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's chief deputy, the...
War of the Worlds
The West doesn't have to choose between Huxley's dystopian future and Islam's medieval past.THE DECONSTRUCTIONISTS are mistaken when they argue that in literature text is everything. When we come to the subject of grand strategy, however, it is correct...
Who Elected Hamas?
We did-with help from the Israelis and Fatah.THE NIXON-CHINA analogy is growing stale. Every time an extremist takes power anywhere, the starry-eyed immediately trot out the "but it took Richard Nixon to go to China" example as evidence that the newest...
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