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. 21, November 3

All the Stage Is a World
[Synecdoche, New York] STARTING WITH 1999's art-house sensation "Being John Malkovich," Charlie Kaufman has cleverly made himself the best-known screenwriter in America by refusing almost all publicity, except what he generates through his own intensely...
An Empire We Can't Afford
"LIQUIDATE LABOR, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers." So Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon advised Herbert Hoover in the Great Crash of '29. Hoover did. And the nation liquidated him--and the Republicans. In the crash of 2008, 40 percent...
Arrested Development
The West pours billions into backward countries to encourage economic development. Can it work? I fear not.I live in Mexico and travel a lot in the "developing world," most of which isn't. I ask myself why not. Inevitably I conclude that a country's...
Arrested Development: The West Pours Billions into Backward Countries to Encourage Economic Development. Can It Work? I Fear Not
I live in Mexico and travel a lot in the "developing world," most of which isn't. I ask myself why not. Inevitably I conclude that a country's progress depends on its human capital. Most countries just don't have enough. They will adopt the portable...
Boss Mob
The sage of Baltimore on the ideology that makes mediocrity a virtue.DEMOCRACY CAME INTO the Western world to the tune of sweet, soft music. There was, at the start, no harsh bawling from below; there was only a dulcet twittering from above. Democratic...
Deep Background
Ron Suskind's book The Way of the World has been a focus of attention because of its revelation that the Wite House might have ordered the CIA to forge a letter falsely tying Saddam Hussein to Mohammed Atta, an illegal act and possibly an impeachable...
Democratic Dominion
The decline and fall of the Virginia Republican PartyFORMER CHAIRMAN of the Virginia Republican Party Patrick McSweeney says he "knew [his] party had a long-term problem when [he] watched Mark Warner on 'Meet the Press'" in 2004. The Democratic governor...
Democratic Dominion: The Decline and Fall of the Virginia Republican Party
FORMER CHAIRMAN of the Virginia Republican Party Patrick McSweeney says he "knew [his] party had a long-term problem when [he] watched Mark Warner on 'Meet the Press'" in 2004. The Democratic governor was being questioned on his proposed $2 billion...
Epic Bail
Nationalizing banks, impoverishing societyHERE IN THE LAND of the theoretically free, as Mencken called America, the central government is about to become partowner of the nine largest banks and many smaller ones, too. It will acquire dividend-paying...
Epic Bail: Nationalizing Banks, Impoverishing Society
HERE IN THE LAND of the theoretically free, as Mencken called America, the central government is about to become part-owner of the nine largest banks and many smaller ones, too. It will acquire dividend-paying preferred stock in return for "injecting"...
Freeze! This Is a Bailout
Call it a reverse mugging: Treasury left the nation's largest banks no choice but to take $250 billion in taxpayers' money. Henry Paulson began placing personal calls Sunday afternoon, summoning top banking executives to Washington. They expected a...
Freeze! This Is a Bailout
[GOVERNMENT]Call it a reverse mugging: Treasury left the nation's largest banks no choice but to take $250 billion in taxpayers' money. Henry Paulson began placing personal calls Sunday afternoon, summoning top banking executives to Washington. They...
Permission Slip-Ups
Here is a thoroughly decent cove: Knight of Malta; Knight of the Garter; much loved husband, father, and grandfather; blood donor; and lord lieutenant of one of England's oldest counties. Eggs don't come any better. But not even Sir Gervais is perfect....
Ron Suskind's Book the Way of the World Has Been a Focus of Attention Because of Its Revelation That the White House Might Have Ordered the CIA to Forge a Letter Falsely Tying Saddam Hussein to Mohammed Atta
Ron Suskind's book The Way of the World has been a focus of attention because of its revelation that the White House might have ordered the CIA to forge a letter falsely tying Saddam Hussein to Mohammed Atta, an illegal act and possibly an impeachable...
The Iceland Goeth
Last year, the United Nations Human Development Index named Iceland the most developed country in the world. This year, like a South American banana republic or African kleptocracy, the North Atlantic island nation has had to turn to the International...
The Iceland Goeth
[WORLD]Last year, the United Nations Human Development Index named Iceland the most developed country in the world. This year, like a South American banana republic or African kleptocracy, the North Atlantic island nation has had to turn to the International...
The Right Choice?
This election offers particularly dismal prospects for conservatives: the Senate's most liberal member versus a Republican who combines the worst policies of George W. Bush with an erratic temper and a thinly veiled contempt for the Right. No third-party...
The Right Choice?
This election offers particularly dismal prospects for conservatives: the Senate's most liberal member versus a Republican who combines the worst policies of George W. Bush with an erratic temper and a thinly veiled contempt for the Right. No third-party...
The Right to Remain Silent
Conservatives don't need a movement-and the best have no use for one.THAT CONSERVATISM is in crisis is widely acknowledged. Some say that the movement has forsaken its principles; others that it has been corrupted by power, still others call for ideological...
The Right to Remain Silent: Conservatives Don't Need a Movement-And the Best Have No Use for One
THAT CONSERVATISM is in crisis is widely acknowledged. Some say that the movement has forsaken its principles; others that it has been corrupted by power; still others call for ideological renovation. All share the conviction that the crisis calls...
Untied States
If at first you don't secede...WHOEVER WINS ON NOV. 4, few Americans will harbor any illusions about their national unity. No matter which pairing one chooses - red and blue, Right and Left, coastal elites and flyover salt-of-the-earthers - there is...
Untied States: If at First You Don't Secede
WHOEVER WINS ON NOV. 4, few Americans will harbor any illusions about their national unity. No matter which pairing one chooses--red and blue, Right and Left, coastal elites and flyover salt-of-the-earthers--there is no getting around our status as...
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