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. 8, August

A Nation Derailed
Passenger trains united a continent - can they do so again?WHEN THE WRECKING CREWS came to New York's Perm Station in the fall of 1963 there was no explosive-fired demolition, no great cloud of dust that settled to reveal the beaux arts station reduced...
A Nation Derailed: Passenger Trains United a Continent-Can They Do So Again?
When the wrecking crews came to New York's Penn Station in the fall of 1963 there was no explosive-fired demolition, no great cloud of dust that settled to reveal the beaux arts station reduced to a pile of rubble. the terminal, which had resembled...
Anti-Social Network
Who needs friends when you have Facebook?FACEBOOK KILLED the counterculture, if you believe what Time tells you. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook founder and 2010 Person of the Year - the final frontier of anonymity and equality, where anybody could...
Anti-Social Network: Who Needs Friends When You Have Facebook?
Facebook killed the counterculture, if you believe what Time tells you. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg--Facebook founder and 2010 Person of the Year--the final frontier of anonymity and equality, where anybody could be everybody or nobody, has given way...
Barriers to Peace
Christians as well as Muslims suffer from Palestine's occupation.TEL AVIV - Ben Gurion looks like any other airport. But the land beyond exudes history. Much of the country is liberal and modern. Step onto a Tel Aviv street and you are in a frenetic...
Barriers to Peace: Christians as Well as Muslims Suffer from Palestine's Occupation
TEL AVIV--Ben Gurion looks like any other airport. But the land beyond exudes history. Much of the country is liberal and modern. Step onto a Tel Aviv street and you are in a frenetic Mediterranean city. The bygone generations who created this new...
Battles Won, Wars Lost
One of the rules of warfare is that a higher level dominates a lower. You can be brilliant tactically, but if you are outmaneuvered operationally, you lose. You can be consistently superior at the operational level, but if you are defeated strategically,...
Cultivating Criticism
Cultivating Criticism [The Southern Critics: An Anthology, Glenn C. Arberg, ed., ISI Books, 341 pages]DURING THE EARLY 1920s, a band of poets at Vanderbilt University commenced an intellectual odyssey that spanned generations and traversed the regional,...
Hawks in Retreat
[WAR]"There's always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party, the Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak," John McCain tells ABC's "This Week." The WaM Street Journal, in turn, warns...
Hayek and Hip-Hop
How a South Bronx conservative shook up the rightTHE FIRST THING PEOPLE NOTICE about Reginald Jones is that voice. Even in the clamor of lunch hour at Jim's Steaks on South Street in Philadelphia, the voice pulls passersby into conversation. It begins...
Hayek and Hip-Hop: How a South Bronx Conservative Shook Up the Right
The first thing people notice about Reginald Jones is that voice. Even in the clamor of lunch hour at Jim's Steaks on South Street in Philadelphia, the voice pulls passersby into conversation. It begins with a basso profondo--"My father was a hard...
Here's Lookin' at You
Here's Lookin' At You [Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, Stefan Kanfer, Knopf, 304 pages]HE PLAYED LOW-LIFES, petty crooks, dodgy detectives, vigilantes, and other denizens of society's fringe. In 27 films...
Killing with Kindness
Killing With Kindness [What's Wrong With Benevolence: Happiness, Private Property, and the Limits of Enlightenment, David Stove, Encounter, 200 pages]DAVID STOVE (1927-1994) wasaphilosopher and polemicist who taught at the University of Sydney for many...
Lady Clairvoyant
Nancy Mitford foresaw American globalism in the '50s.WAS THE NEOCONSERVATIVE ideology of global-democratic crusades first depicted in the 1951 novel The Blessing, by the English-born but Frenchresident Nancy Mitford?Since 9/1 1, and particularly since...
Lady Clairvoyant: Nancy Mitford Foresaw American Globalism in the '50S
Was the neoconservative ideology of global-democratic crusades first depicted in the 1951 novel The Blessing, by the English-born but French-resident Nancy Mitford? Since 9/11, and particularly since the obvious inability of American arms to make...
Latter-Day President
It would be easy to come up with a long list of secular reasons why Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman want to run for president. Romney has personal and familial ambition to burn. He decided against seeking a second term as governor of Massachusetts so...
Leviathan's Lies
Leviathan's Lies [Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics, John J. Mearsheimer, Oxford University Press, 160 pages]POLITICIANS NOWADAYS treat Americans like medical orderlies treat Alzheimer's patients, telling them anything...
Libertarian Moment?
Libertarian Moment? [The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, Hick Gillespie and Matt Welch, PublicAffairs, 288 pages]LIBERTARIAN THINKING can be sorted out into three baskets: first, a fierce negative...
Man from Nowhere
Tim Pawlenty searches the suburbs for a winning identity.ONE SUNDAY MORNING seven years ago, a suburban dad from the Twin Cities was going through the Sunday morning routine: he got up, ate breakfast, went to church, then came home and listened to a...
Man from Nowhere: Tim Pawlenty Searches the Suburbs for a Winning Identity
One Sunday morning seven years ago, a suburban dad from the Twin Cities was going through the Sunday morning routine: he got up, ate breakfast, went to church, then came home and listened to a popular radio talk show. "The Sports Huddle with Sid and...
No More Salamanders?
Once a decade, following the decennial census prescribed by the Constitution, 7,400 state legislators engage in a great American tradition: gerrymandering. The term was coined almost two centuries ago by a Boston newspaper that accused Massachusetts...
No More Salamanders?
[POLITICS]Once a decade, following the decennial census prescribed by the Constitution, 7,400 state legislators engage in a great American tradition: gerrymandering. The term was coined almost two centuries ago by a Boston newspaper that accused Massachusetts...
Old and Right
[Evelyn Waugh] was a small man--scarcely five foot six in his socks--and only a writer, after all, but I have seen generals and chancellors of the exchequer, six foot six and exuding self-importance from every pore, quail in front of him. When he laughed,...
Paul vs. Johnson
Two libertarians vie for the name - and the GOP nomination.IN 2008, TEXAS REP. RON PAUL was alone among GOP presidential hopefuls in his unstinting defense of free markets, sound money, civil liberties, and a noninterventionist foreign policy. This time...
Paul vs. Johnson: Two Libertarians Vie for the Name-And the GOP Nomination
In 2008, Texas Rep. Ron Paul was alone among GOP presidential hopefuls in his unstinting defense of free markets, sound money, civil liberties, and a noninterventionist foreign policy. This time he has company. Former new Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson,...
Presidential Jeopardy
Oprah is gone, but Americans in search of vapid chat have something new to watch, courtesy of CNN--presidential debates hosted by John King. The first New Hampshire Republican debate, featuring six men and one woman standing at podiums in front of...
Presidential Jeopardy
[MEDIA]Oprah is gone, but Americans in search of vapid chat have something new to watch, courtesy of CNN - presidential debates hosted by John King. The first New Hampshire Republican debate, featuring six men and one woman standing at podiums in front...
The First Conservative
David Hume uncovered the roots of revolution in false philosophy.THE CONSERVATIVE political tradition is usually thought to begin with Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Burke observed that the Revolution did not aim at reforming...
The First Conservative: David Hume Uncovered the Roots of Revolution in False Philosophy
The conservative political tradition is usually thought to begin with Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Burke observed that the revolution did not aim at reforming society but at overturning the entire social and political order...
Washington Politicians Might Be Talking about Success in Places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Nation's Intelligence Agencies Are Thinking Otherwise
Washington politicians might be talking about success in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but the nation's intelligence agencies are thinking otherwise. The CIA and Defense Department are ratcheting up their development of what are referred to as...
Winning in Pyjamas
"My legs are leaden, my throat is dry and I feel slightly sick with anxiety. As I make my way towards the arena the roar of the crowd gets louder. This is my first major tournament and to say I am nervous is an understatement. I think it is because...
Winning in Pyjamas
"My legs are leaden, my throat is dry and I feel slightly sick with anxiety. As I make my way towards the arena the roar of the crowd gets louder. This is myfirst major tournament and to say I am nervous is an understatement. I think it is because of...
Yankees Go Home
"The most successful alliance in history," it was called at the end of the Cold War in which NATO, for 40 years, deterred the Red Army from overrunning Berlin or crashing through West Germany to the Channel. And when that Cold War was over, Sen....
Zombies Invade New York
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The day after the special election in the 26th congressional district of New York in late May, beleaguered citizens emerged cautiously from their homes, like survivors of a zombie attack who can't quite believe the marauding...
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