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. 6, No. 1, January 15

Abstract Thinkers
Abstract Thinkers [The Triumph of Modernism: The Art World, 1985-2005, Hilton Kramer, Ivan R. Dee, 368 pages]HILTON KRAMER begins this splendid collection of his essays on modern art with a consideration of Vasily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian entitled...
Engineer No More
[JUSTICE]One sign that Justices Roberts and Alito have brought some moderation to the Supreme Court came in arguments over the long debated question of "racial balance" in the schools. More than a half-century has passed since the Court ruled in Brown...
Facing Facts
[WAR]The Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group suffered the same failings as most bipartisan commissions-a tendency toward caution, a split-the-difference mentality. But its conclusions are nonetheless important: acknowledgement that the situation is "grave...
Forum
VARIETY PACKI want to thank your editorial staff for the wonderful assortment of readers' letters printed in the Dec. 4 issue. Your Forum reveals not only a broad and diverse audience, but also a marvelous commitment to candor and fairness.My own politics...
Fragmented Future
[mistrusting the joneses]Multiculturalism doesn't make vibrant communities but defensive ones.In the presence of [ethnic] diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it's not just that...
Good-Bye Poodle
Tony Blair staked his career on the Iraq War-and lost.LONDON-Six years ago, Bill Clinton spent his last days in the White House trying feverishly to establish a legacy for which posterity might remember him without sniggering. Now Tony Blair is also...
Hidden Costs
The Iraq War bill is higher than taxpayers realize-and Congress is still signing checks.IF TAXPAYERS FUND an annual budget of a federal department with a particular function, shouldn't they wonder why that department needs billions of additional dollars...
Historians & Ideologues
In its Dec. 3 edition, the Washington Post invited four historians to debate the question: Is George W. Bush the worst president in American history?Yes, he's the worst ever, concluded Eric Foner. But reading his attack on President Bush, one wonders...
Meet MS 13
The most dangerous gangs in the U.S. are Central American imports."NOTHING FURTHER for the government," muttered the Department of Homeland Security lawyer after an ineffectual cross examination. Miquel had just leapt through the last hoop to immigration...
Mind Your Manners, Mr. Will
Washington Post columnist George F. Will is appalled by James Webb's rudeness. As some of you may know, the senator-elect from Virginia was a bit uppity when President Bush asked him at a White House reception for new members of Congress how his boy...
MTV Made Them Do It
MTV Made Them Do It [The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, Dinesh D'Souza, Doubleday, 352 pages]DINESH D'SOUZA'S The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 is really three separate books jammed...
Myth-Making for a New Empire
Myth-Making for a New Empire [Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century, Robert Kagan, Alfred A. Knopf, 527 pages]ROBERT KAGAN has attempted an impossible task, and, predictably, he fails. In...
Newt's Comeback Tour
Whether the former speaker is planning a White House bid or just seeking to raise his lecture fees, figure that he's got a five-point plan.THE MOST STRIKING THING about Newt Gingrich is how little he seems to have changed since relinquishing the speaker's...
Not by Politics Alone
Conservatives must initiate their own long march through the institutions of culture.THAT LEADING POLITICIANS wield great power nobody will deny. What is not so well understood is how limited that power is. Over time, especially, politicians are superceded...
Osirak Redux?
An Israeli strike on Iran would pin the U.S. down in Iraq and resuscitate the neocons.IN THE AFTERMATH of the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, pundits recalled another doomed Pentagon chief, Robert McNamara. After all, both were high-profile...
Selective Amnesia
The pundits who sold the Iraq War change their tune and bury their records.WHEN POLITICAL LEADERS make drastic mistakes, accountability is delivered in the form of elections. That occurred in November when voters removed the party principally responsible...
Summer of Love and Death
FILM[Bobby]Summer of Love and DeathOF THE HANDFUL of famous years in which a common spirit of upheaval swept much of the world, 1968 remains the most mysterious. The revolts of 1848 and 1989 were clearly directed against the regimes of the Right and...

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