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. 8, No. 11, August

Bringing Down the House
Why home prices won't rise againTHE FINANCIAL MEDIA and government officials are looking for a recovery in the housing market to "restart the economy." The entire world - or at least every exporter from Shanghai to Bonn who is desperately dependent on...
Bringing Down the House: Why Home Prices Won't Rise Again
THE FINANCIAL MEDIA and government officials are looking for a recovery in the housing market to "restart the economy." The entire world--or at least every exporter from Shanghai to Bonn who is desperately dependent on the free-spending American consumer--is...
Cold War without End
America never had a post-communist revolution.THIS YEAR MARKS the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presumably Putin's Russia won't be in a celebratory mood. The question is: should America be? While the former Warsaw Pact nations dropped...
Cold War without End; America Never Had a Post-Communist Revolution
THIS YEAR MARKS the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Presumably Putin's Russia won't be in a celebratory mood. The question is: should America be? While the former Warsaw Pact nations dropped their planned economies in search of fresh...
Deep Background
Once you've developed a taste for regime change, apparently it's hard to stop. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, is coordinating a White House effort to remake the Israeli government. His father Binyamin, a doctor and former Irgun terrorist,...
Dumbest Idea on the Planet
Doug Feith and friends want to send civilians into war zones to do the job the military can't.IT WAS A POT-AND-KETTLE event when Gen. Tommy Franks called Doug Feith the "dumbest f - king guy on the planet." So much blood has spilled down the gutter in...
Dumbest Idea on the Planet: Doug Feith and Friends Want to Send Civilians into War Zones to Do the Job the Military Can't
IT WAS A POT-AND-KETTLE event when Gen. Tommy Franks called Doug Feith the "dumbest f--king guy on the planet." So much blood has spilled down the gutter in our woebegone war on Islamofabulism that it's easy to forget that Franks was the commander...
Expense Account
London's reform plan: copy CongressMOST BRITONS have favorite moments from the Great Parliamentary Expenses Scandal of 2009. For some, it was discovering that one Member of Parliament had forwarded the cost of dredging a moat around his country house,...
Expense Account; London's Reform Plan: Copy Congress
MOST BRITONS have favorite moments from the Great Parliamentary Expenses Scandal of 2009. For some, it was discovering that one Member of Parliament had forwarded the cost of dredging a moat around his country house, or the spectacle of another MP...
Green-Industrial Complex
Al Gore and his allies know the color of money.THE WORD "environmentalist" usually conjures images of dreadlocked campaigners in tie-dyed T-shirts who eat only organic muesli and never travel by car. Or of that painfully PC couple from Park Slope who...
Green-Industrial Complex: Al Gore and His Allies Know the Color of Money
THE WORD "environmentalist" usually conjures images of dreadlocked campaigners in tie-dyed T-shirts who eat only organic muesli and never travel by car. Or of that painfully PC couple from Park Slope who carry their kids marsupial-style and make monthly...
Health of the State
If I were a decent American conservative, rather than a psoriatic Scotch-Irish Catholic depressive, I would probably not take great pleasure in reading what British writers had to say about American habits and customs. All the same, I am about to gatecrash...
He Plays One on TV
It's bold political jujutsu to argue, in the midst of a recession, that not spending $1 trillion to overhaul the American healthcare system poses "one of the greatest threats ... to the very foundation of our economy." But audacity comes easily to...
He Plays One on TV
[ENTITLEMENTS]It's bold political jujutsu to argue, in the midst of a recession, that not spending $1 trillion to overhaul the American healthcare system poses "one of the greatest threats ... to the very foundation of our economy." But audacity comes...
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
In the Charlotte airport, my daughter and I were greeted by the most appallingly "We're not really Southern!" New South slogan I have ever seen: "Charlotte USA." "North Carolina," it seems, is so redolent of hickdom that it embarrasses the sub-Babbitts...
Interrogation Enhanced
The American officer who cracked the Zarqawi network did so without stooping to the terrorists' level.THERE'S A JOKE interrogators tell: "What's the difference between a 'gator and a used car salesman?" Answer: "A 'gator has to abide by the Geneva Conventions."Interrogators...
Interrogation Enhanced: The American Officer Who Cracked the Zarqawi Network Did So without Stooping to the Terrorists' Level
THERE'S A JOKE interrogators tell: "What's the difference between a 'gator and a used car salesman?" Answer: "A 'gator has to abide by the Geneva Conventions." Interrogators don't hawk Chevys; we sell hope to prisoners and find targets for shooters....
One-Sided COIN
The military-industrial complex surges Washington.YOU KNOW ITS NOT going to be a typical Washington think-tank event when, upon entering the gilded doors of the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, you are greeted by a peppy female soldier in an Army service...
One-Sided COIN: The Military-Industrial Complex Surges Washington
YOU KNOW IT'S NOT going to be a typical Washington think-tank event when, upon entering the gilded doors of the Willard InterContinental Hotel, you are greeted by a peppy female soldier in an Army service uniform bedecked with medals. "Welcome, are...
Prague Autumn
The Czechs escaped Soviet domination only to face a new tyranny.FOR MOST OF US, Prague is an idea before it is a city. Mention of the name calls up a series of monochrome images, most of them violent and distressing, boding little good for those involved....
Prague Autumn: The Czechs Escaped Soviet Domination Only to Face a New Tyranny
FOR MOST OF US, Prague is an idea before it is a city. Mention of the name calls up a series of monochrome images, most of them violent and distressing, boding little good for those involved. Imperial delegates are hurled from a high window into a...
Russian Lessons
We aren't the first to try nation-building in Afghanistan.WE MET ON A WET winter day outside Altuflevskaia station at the northern end of the Moscow subway system and drove into the countryside. Once the senior official responsible for Soviet economic...
Russian Lessons: We Aren't the First to Try Nation-Building in Afghanistan
WE MET ON A WET winter day outside Altufievskaia station at the northern end of the Moscow subway system and drove into the countryside. Once the senior official responsible for Soviet economic and technical assistance to Afghanistan, Valerii Ivanov...
Salutary Neglect
Neoconservative Daniel Pipes, at least, had cause to rejoice over Iran's June 13 elections, whose hotly disputed official results had hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cruising to re-election over moderate challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi 63 to...
Salutary Neglect
[WORLD]Neoconservative Daniel Pipes, at least, had cause to rejoice over Iran's June 13 elections, whose hotly disputed official results had hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cruising to re-election over moderate challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi 63...
Signal Failure
British economic historian Niall Ferguson and Nobel Prize-winning neo-Keynesian economist Paul Krugman have been duking it out. Their clash began at an April 30 New York Review of Books/PEN panel on "The Crisis and How to Deal With It." At issue is...
Signal Failure
[FINANCE]British economic historian Niall Ferguson and Nobel Prize-winning neo-Keynesian economist Paul Krugman have been duking it out. Their clash began at an April 30 New York Review of Books/PEN panel on "The Crisis and How to Deal With It." At issue...
Sweetness & Spite
The forgotten pleasures of light verseIT IS ALWAYS SAD when a valuable artist perishes. It is sadder still when a valuable art form perishes. It is saddest of all when a valuable art form did not need to perish, but was simply hounded to the culture's...
Sweetness & Spite: The Forgotten Pleasures of Light Verse
IT IS ALWAYS SAD when a valuable artist perishes. It is sadder still when a valuable art form perishes. It is saddest of all when a valuable art form did not need to perish, but was simply hounded to the culture's periphery by a deliberate, malicious...
Tehran's Tiananmen
THE OBAMA POLICY of extending an open hand to Iran is working and ought not be abandoned because of the grim events in Tehran. For the Iranian theocracy has just administered a body blow to its legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people and the...
The Public Trough
Last year, over 15,000 individuals worked for organizations whose sole goal was to rip you off. No, not the mafia or Goldman Sachs, but another distinctly criminal class--Washington lobbyists. In 2008, corporations and unions spent over $3 billion...
Tortured Truth
What Cheney learned from StalinWHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that Dick Cheney was a follower of French fashion? When he defends the routine use of torture as a means of warfare, however, theirs is the most recent example. The French, in the Algerian War, were...
Tortured Truth: What Cheney Learned from Stalin
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT that Dick Cheney was a follower of French fashion? When he defends the routine use of torture as a means of warfare, however, theirs is the most recent example. The French, in the Algerian War, were the last Western army to systematize...
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