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. 18, September 22

Bloom off the Rose
Georgian "democracy" owes more to Josef Stalin than Thomas Jefferson.IT WAS WHEN WE LIFTED UP the filthy bedcovers that we saw the full extent of the gangrene. Half the man's leg was eaten away, and he screamed in agony. The women around him wailed too....
Bloom off the Rose: Georgian "Democracy" Owes More to Josef Stalin Than Thomas Jefferson
IT WAS WHEN WE LIFTED UP the filthy bedcovers that we saw the full extent of the gangrene. Half the man's leg was eaten away, and he screamed in agony. The women around him wailed too. There was no heating except for a puny electric cooking ring, which...
Connerly Cashes In
The anti-preferences activist gets rich off of affirmative action.THIS WAS SUPPOSED to be a banner year for Ward Connerly, the former University of California regent and the Right's most visible anti-affirmative-action activist His 2000 biography, Creating...
Connerly Cashes In: The Anti-Preferences Activist Gets Rich off of Affirmative Action
THIS WAS SUPPOSED to be a banner year for Ward Connerly, the former University of California regent and the Right's most visible anti-affirmative-action activist. His 2000 biography, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Racial Preferences, was re-released...
Could the October Surprise Happen Again?
Could the October Surprise happen again? There is considerable buzz among former intelligence officers that an overseas crisis is being engineered or allowed to explode. The spinning of the Georgia incident to create a faux conflict with Russia is...
Court Historian
Andrew Roberts, the Anglosphere's greatest modern mythologist, may be perfectly suited to sanitize the Bush presidency.CONNOISSEURS OF HOMICIDAL book reviews have long treasured the virtuosic evisceration that British immunologist Sir Peter Medawar performed...
Court Historian: Andrew Roberts, the Anglosphere's Greatest Modern Mythologist, May Be Perfectly Suited to Sanitize the Bush Presidency
CONNOISSEURS OF HOMICIDAL book reviews have long treasured the virtuosic evisceration that British immunologist Sir Peter Medawar performed in 1950 on Teilhard de Chardin, that once fashionable Gallic mountebank. Of Teilhard's The Phenomenon of Man,...
Deep Background
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki recently learned he was being spied upon by Washington, thanks Bob Woodward's latest book The War Within. One intelligence source reportedly related, "We know everything he says." If the Iraqis are now tearing holes...
Four More Years
Both parties remain in thrall to the Bush Doctrine.FIVE YEARS AFTER the invasion of Iraq-arguably the most momentous mistake in the history of American foreign policy-what have we learned? Maybe nothing. The current administration is still mired in the...
Four More Years: Both Parties Remain in Thrall to the Bush Doctrine
FIVE YEARS AFTER the invasion of Iraq--arguably the most momentous mistake in the history of American foreign policy--what have we learned? Maybe nothing. The current administration is still mired in the mindset that brought about this calamity, and...
Free World Colossus
In the new Cold War, the U.S. is the revolutionary force.THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S angry reaction to Russia's intervention in South Ossetia was of a piece with its harsh criticism of Vladimir Putin, the popular leader who has brought a measure of order...
Free World Colossus: In the New Cold War, the U.S. Is the Revolutionary Force
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S angry reaction to Russia's intervention in South Ossetia was of a piece with its harsh criticism of Vladimir Putin, the popular leader who has brought a measure of order and stability to a country that endured 74 years of...
I Prefer the Older Women
ISN'T IT IRRITATING when a know-it-all movie critic trashes a new release just because it's not as good as its classic source, whether that be an older film, book, play, TV show, or theme-park ride? That's a tiresome routine because it's mathematically...
Maternal Flame
Sarah Palin's family-Mendly appeal.WHY, IN ONE UPROARIOUS week of American politicking that not even H.L. Mencken would have expected, has the obscure governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, outraged roughly one half of the country and overjoyed the other?What...
Maternal Flame: Sarah Palin's Family-Friendly Appeal
WHY, IN ONE UPROARIOUS week of American politicking that not even H.L. Mencken would have expected, has the obscure governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, outraged roughly one half of the country and overjoyed the other? What intrigues people about elections...
No Lender Left Behind
Imagine getting together with several friends to place a big wager on the roulette wheel. Everything on a single number. If you lose, as is almost certain, you'll learn a painful lesson about gambling. But what if you get your stake back, whatever...
No Lender Left Behind
[ECONOMY]Imagine getting together with several friends to place a big wager on the roulette wheel. Everything on a single number. If you lose, as is almost certain, you'll learn a painful lesson about gambling. But what if you get your stake back, whatever...
Ron Paul's Party
WHILE TWITCHY COPS and party hacks congregated in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, 12,000 Ron Paul supporters assembled for the Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis. The counter-convention featured a dozen speakers--from libertarian luminaries...
Safe at Home
When in May Batavia Muckdogs general manager Dave Wellenzohn told me that as club vice president and resident minor-league baseball litterateur I was to Safe at Home be honored with "Bill Kauffman Day," I replied, gamely if lamely, "Every day is Bill...
The Candidates' Vices
GIVEN THAT ONLY TWO sitting senators have gone straight to the White House, and both died within three years of taking office, the choice of running mates in this election was unusually important. The results revealed Senator Obama to be as cool and...
Washington's War Guarantee
A YEAR AFTER taking power, in June 1934, Adolf Hitler made his first visit abroad--to his idol Benito Mussolini in Venice. Babbling on incessantly about Mein Kampf and the Negroid strain in Mediterranean peoples, the Fuhrer made a dismal impression....
What Russia Wants
Moscow is not bent on world domination, just regional influence.RUSSIA'S MILITARY intervention in Georgia has provoked a storm of negative reactions in the United States and Europe. To most Americans-and apparently to spluttering Bush administration...
What Russia Wants: Moscow Is Not Bent on World Domination, Just Regional Influence
RUSSIA'S MILITARY intervention in Georgia has provoked a storm of negative reactions in the United States and Europe. To most Americans--and apparently to spluttering Bush administration officials--Moscow's actions came as an unpleasant surprise. Pundits...
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