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. 9, No. 2, February

Barack Turns 1
It's been nearly a year since Barack Obama took the oath of office, and he's giving himself high marks--"a good solid B-plus," with plans for a generous bump to A-minus territory if his healthcare bill passes. How does he figure? The centerpiece...
Barack Turns 1
POLITICSIt's been nearly a year since Barack Obama took the oath of office, and he's giving himself high marks - "a good solid B-plus," with plans for a generous bump to A-minus territoiy if his healthcare bill passes.How does he figure? The centerpiece...
Colonial Gingrichburg
The American Conservative is privileged to publish this excerpt from Newt Gingrich's latest volume of historical fiction, coauthored by Chase Madar.IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. Gen. George Washington thought he had never been so drenched as his boat...
Come All Ye Faithful
Benedict's Counter-ReformationWHEN MY MOTHER was a young woman, in the 1930s, Cousin lily, then in her 80s, gave her some sound advice: "Wherever you go, join the Episcopal Church and you will meet all the best people in town." "Best" in this instance...
Come All Ye Faithful: Benedict's Counter-Reformation
WHEN MY MOTHER was a young woman, in the 1930s, Cousin Lily, then in her 80s, gave her some sound advice: "Wherever you go, join the Episcopal Church and you will meet all the best people in town." "Best" in this instance referred not to the Book of...
Dawson's Creed
The Catholic historian is ail but ignored by today's academics, but his providentially informed work will outlast them all.HISTORIANS COME IN ALL different shapes and sizes. The well-known ones, those mass-market storytellers we invite into our homes...
Dawson's Creed: The Catholic Historian Is All but Ignored by Today's Academics, but His Providentially Informed Work Will Outlast Them All
HISTORIANS COME IN ALL different shapes and sizes. The well-known ones, those mass-market storytellers we invite into our homes by way of television or bestseller, display enough variety to suit most tastes. There's David McCullough, courtly and urbane...
Deep Background
Intelligence reports did net ploy any role in President Obama's decision to increase dramatically levels of troops in Afghanistan because they did not support the premise that 30,000 more soldiers would make any difference. Both CIA and State Department...
Far Wrong
Don't be fooled by the BNP.THE LIVES OF GENUINE conservatives in Britain have been made much harder by the recent growth of the British National Party, a sordid and disreputable group with its origins in racial obsessions and Holocaust denial. Its success,...
Far Wrong: Don't Be Fooled by the BNP
THE LIVES OF GENUINE conservatives in Britain have been made much harder by the recent growth of the British National Party, a sordid and disreputable group with its origins in racial obsessions and Holocaust denial. Its success, achieved by faked...
Hometown Hero
Robert Nisbet's conservatism of community against the stateTHE TOWN OF MARICOPA, in the southwestern corner of California's San Joaquin Valley, has one diner and one gas station. Its landscape is all oil wells and sagebrush, grit and heat and dust, just...
Hometown Hero: Robert Nisbet's Conservatism of Community against the State
THE TOWN OF MARICOPA, in the southwestern corner of California's San Joaquin Valley, has one diner and one gas station. Its landscape is all oil wells and sagebrush, grit and heat and dust, just as it was a century ago when the sociologist Robert Nisbet,...
Jail for Gandhi
Friends of Israel complain that there is no Palestinian Gandhi or Martin Luther King, someone who uses peaceful methods in the struggle for Palestinian liberation. Instead, after years of occupation, the Palestinians resorted to terrorism, morally...
Jail for Gandhi
ALLIESFriends of Israel complain that there is no Palestinian Gandhi or Martin Luther King, someone who uses peaceful methods in the struggle for Palestinian liberation. Instead, after years of occupation, the Palestinians resorted to terrorism, morally...
Keep the Change
The zeal for improvement threatens old liberties.THE PRESENT-DAY reformer supplants the ancient and foolish doctrine, "Everything that is, is right," with the still more foolish doctrine, "Everything that is, is wrong." In a world which an intelligent...
Keep the Change: The Zeal for Improvement Threatens Old Liberties
THE PRESENT-DAY reformer supplants the ancient and foolish doctrine, "Everything that is, is right," with the still more foolish doctrine, "Everything that is, is wrong." In a world which an intelligent and patriotic ancestry lovingly handed over to...
New War Order
How Panama set the course for post-Cold War foreign policyFOR A FLEETING MOMENT 20 years ago, the United States had the chance to become a normal nation again. From World War II through the collapse of European communism in 1989, America had been in...
New War Order: How Panama Set the Course for Post-Cold War Foreign Policy
FOR A FLEETING MOMENT 20 years ago, the United States had the chance to become a normal nation again. From World War II through the collapse of European communism in 1989, America had been in a state of perpetual war, hot or cold. But with the fall...
No Exit
America has an impressive record of starting wars but a dismal one of ending them well.PRESIDENT OBAMA'S decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan earned him at most two muted cheers from Washington's warrior-pundits. Sure, the president...
No Exit: America Has an Impressive Record of Starting Wars but a Dismal One of Ending Them Well
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan earned him at most two muted cheers from Washington's warrior-pundits. Sure, the president had acceded to Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops. Already in...
Outclassed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You may have been too occupied with the ongoing Tiger Woods scandal to notice, but here in Britain, class war was declared at the beginning of December. The Sarajevo moment came when Gordon Brown accused David Cameron of dreaming...
Ron Paul's Bank War
THE DECADES-LONG CAMPAIGN of Ron Paul to have the Government Accountability Office do a full audit of the Federal Reserve now has 313 sponsors in the House. Sometimes perseverance does pay off. If not derailed by the establishment, the audit may happen....
Secret Police
Can personal privacy survive the digital revolution?CIVIL LIBERTARIANS hoped that the Obama era would see a renewed commitment to privacy protections. But their dreams are being dashed. Congress seems likely to recess without adjusting aspects of the...
Secret Police: Can Personal Privacy Survive the Digital Revolution?
CIVIL LIBERTARIANS hoped that the Obama era would see a renewed commitment to privacy protections. But their dreams are being dashed. Congress seems likely to recess without adjusting aspects of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the year,...
Serfing U.S.A
Americans are conditioned to lick the hand that beats them.TAKE A SIMPLE PROPOSITION: anything government messes with gets messed up worse. This was the basic insight of Philadelphia, briefly revived by Ronald Reagan. Pollster Scott Rasmussen finds that...
Serfing U.S.A.: Americans Are Conditioned to Lick the Hand That Beats Them
TAKE A SIMPLE PROPOSITION: anything government messes with gets messed up worse. This was the basic insight of Philadelphia, briefly revived by Ronald Reagan. Pollster Scott Rasmussen finds that by a 2-1 margin, American voters agree that no matter...
Strike a Pose
The District is a springtime town, all cherry blossoms, azaleas, and tulip trees. But Georgetown comes into its own in the season of remembrance and newborn chill. The trees blaze almost like New England; the depopulated streets, which in summer...
The People's Priest
Ivan Illich understood the dangers of trying to save the world.NEXT TIME YOU'RE INVITED to a 70s party and find your Travoltan eveningwear shrunken, bring a book by Ivan Dlich. Better yet, find a quiet corner and sit down and read it. No, not the late-Tolstoy...
The People's Priest: Ivan Illich Understood the Dangers of Trying to Save the World
NEXT TIME YOU'RE INVITED to a '70s party and find your Travoltan eveningwear shrunken, bring a book by Ivan Illich. Better yet, find a quiet corner and sit down and read it. No, not the late-Tolstoy novella about that guy who dies, but a book by Ivan...
TV or Not TV?
In my homeboy novelist John Gardner's October Light, the cranky Vermont patriot James Page, annoyed by television's "endless, simpering advertising ... blasphemy and high treason," lifts his 12-gauge and blasts his sister's set "to hell, right back...
Will's Testament
The dean of conservative columnists turns to Robert Taft.AS BABACK OBAMA weighed his decision whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan, former Vice President Dick Cheney grew impatient. "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed...
Will's Testament: The Dean of Conservative Columnists Turns to Robert Taft
AS BARACK OBAMA weighed his decision whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan, former Vice President Dick Cheney grew impatient. "The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," Cheney said. "It's time for President...
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