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. 3, March

A Star Is Born
Scott Brown popping out of his cake wasn't quite how President Obama would have chosen to celebrate his first year in office. But he might find comfort in "Hope--The Obama Musical," now playing in Frankfurt, Germany. While his polls plummet at home,...
A Star Is Born
[CULTURE]Scott Brown popping out of his cake wasn't quite how President Obama would have chosen to celebrate his first year in office. But he might find comfort in "Hope - The Obama Musical," now playing in Frankfurt, Germany. While his polls plummet...
Bay State Runs Red
The rebellion calls Americans back to their earliest memories of independence. Tea parties. Revolution. Dethroning a king--or at least, seizing the Senate seat long held by a Kennedy. Republican Scott Brown rode to victory in the Massachusetts on a...
Bay State Runs Red
[POLITICS]The rebellion calls Americans back to their earliest memories of independence. Tea parties. Revolution. Dethroning a king - or at least, seizing the Senate seat long held by a Kennedy. Republican Scott Brown rode to victory in the Massachusetts...
Best & Brightest
From Vietnam to Palestine, George Ball got it right.WHEN THE CENTENNIAL of George Wildman Ball's birth passed in December, there were no journaUstic remembrances, no retrospectives, no essay collections published in his honor. BaU is mostly forgotten,...
Best & Brightest: From Vietnam to Palestine, George Ball Got It Right
WHEN THE CENTENNIAL of George Wildman Ball's birth passed in December, there were no journalistic remembrances, no retrospectives, no essay collections published in his honor. Ball is mostly forgotten, recalled only by a few surviving colleagues from...
Bring Your Best People
CIA Director Leon Panetta was quick to say that the deaths of seven CIA agents in Afghanistan on Dec. 30 didn't result from a failure of tradecraft. But by what best practices did the Agency allow an asset of dubious provenance to be ushered, without...
Bring Your Best People
[IDEOLOGY]CIA Director Leon Panetta was quick to say that the deaths of seven CIA agents in Afghanistan on Dec. 30 didn't result from a failure of tradecraft. But by what best practices did the Agency allow an asset of dubious provenance to be ushered,...
Busting the Safety Net
The economic crisis hastens an entitlement crash.THREE DECADES AGO, angst over the looming insolvency of Social Security reached fever pitch. President Ronald Reagan responded by grasping the third rail of American politics long enough to add decades...
Busting the Safety Net: The Economic Crisis Hastens an Entitlement Crash
THREE DECADES AGO, angst over the looming insolvency of Social Security reached fever pitch. President Ronald Reagan responded by grasping the third rail of American politics long enough to add decades to the entitlement's solvency by increasing the...
Deep Background
In the wake of the attempted hijacking of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas, demands to tighten security at airports worldwide could create opportunities for mischief if more contractors are hired. Israel's Mossad is a small intelligence service,...
Goodnight Globe
A bedtime story from Thomas FriedmanWHILE STOPPING OVER AT the Kaliningrad airport on my way to Antibes from Almaty, I was recently asked a most remarkable question by Evgeny Malchik, executive vice president and crew chief of the McDonald's in Terminal...
Goodnight Globe: A Bedtime Story from Thomas Friedman
WHILE STOPPING OVER AT the Kaliningrad airport on my way to Antibes from Almaty, I was recently asked a most remarkable question by Evgeny Malchik, executive vice president and crew chief of the McDonald's in Terminal 5. "Do you want fries with that?"...
Hail Cesar
Perhaps we are less racially sensitive in Britain than you are in the United States. Most people here, at any rate, would not have been as concerned as Sarah Palin was by Harry Reid's remarks about "Negro dialect." Most people here would have thought...
His-Panic
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grmding ideologues have fallen for a myth of inimigrant lawlessness.ACCORDING TO LOU DOBBS, "a third of the prison population in this country is estimated to be illegal aliens," and Glenn Beck regularly warns of "an illegal...
His-Panic: Talk TV Sensationalists and Axe-Grinding Ideologues Have Fallen for a Myth of Immigrant Lawlessness
ACCORDING TO LOU DOBBS, "a third of the prison population in this country is estimated to be illegal aliens," and Glenn Beck regularly warns of "an illegal alien crime wave." Congressman Tom Tancredo insists, "The face of illegal immigration on our...
In from the Cold
The Right should not wage a Hundred Years War.DESPITE THE BELLICOSE rhetoric that emanates from much of the Right, opposition to the interventionist policies initiated by George W. Bush is hardly confined to libertarians and the political Left. It includes...
In from the Cold: The Right Should Not Wage a Hundred Years War
DESPITE THE BELLICOSE rhetoric that emanates from much of the Right, opposition to the interventionist policies initiated by George W. Bush is hardly confined to libertarians and the political Left. It includes traditional conservatives--those conservatives...
Left Behind
Liberals get a war president of their very own.With his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Barock Obama signaled that the world had better get ready for a tougher, less forgiving, more quintessentially American approach from a man who certainly gave...
Left Behind: Liberals Get a War President of Their Very Own
With his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Barack Obama signaled that the world had better get ready for a tougher, less forgiving, more quintessentially American approach from a man who certainly gave the soft touch a try. --Robert Kagan ...
Old World Charm
In Belgium, I have seen the past and it works.Arthur Hastings: Mind you, it's very different in France, isn't it?Hercule Poirot: I would not know. I am not French, I am Belgian.Arthur Hastings: Well, it's the same thing, you both eat horse-meat.- Agatha...
Old World Charm: In Belgium, I Have Seen the Past and It Works
Arthur Hastings: Mind you, it's very different in France, isn't it? Hercule Poirot: I would not know. I am not French, I am Belgian. Arthur Hastings: Well, it's the same thing, you both eat horse-meat. --Agatha Christie, The Alphabet Murders...
Rand Paul Revolution
Can a libertarian ride Tea Party disaffection to victory in a Republican primary?HERE'S ONE difference between Rand Paul and papa Ron Paul, says mama Carol Paul: her son is funny on stage."Ron doesn't do that - he doesn't tell jokes," Mrs. Paul says...
Rand Paul Revolution: Can a Libertarian Ride Tea Party Disaffection to Victory in a Republican Primary?
HERE'S ONE difference between Rand Paul and papa Ron Paul, says mama Carol Paul: her son is funny on stage. "Ron doesn't do that--he doesn't tell jokes," Mrs. Paul says of her husband of 53 years. She recalls a lively speech Rand made for his dad...
Soft Targets
Add Yemen to America's long list of easy enemies.IF THE LAST FEW DECADES prove anything about America's strategy in fighting Islamic terrorism, it's that no matter what the other side throws our way, America will respond in the most counterintuitive...
Soft Targets: Add Yemen to America's Long List of Easy Enemies
IF THE LAST FEW DECADES prove anything about America's strategy in fighting Islamic terrorism, it's that no matter what the other side throws our way, America will respond in the most counterintuitive and self-destructive manner imaginable. The...
Suicide of the West
Will America follow Europe into anomie and atheism?IN SOME WAYS, things have never been better for Europe. When my father was born, in 1909, his life expectancy was 49; if he had been born today, his life expectancy would be approaching 80. The increase...
Suicide of the West: Will America Follow Europe into Anomie and Atheism?
IN SOME WAYS, things have never been better for Europe. When my father was born, in 1909, his life expectancy was 49; if he had been born today, his life expectancy would be approaching 80. The increase in wealth and standard of living has been startling....
The God That's Failing
"AMERICA IS LOSING THE FREE WORLD" was the arresting headline over the Financial Times column by Gideon Rachman. His thesis: the largest democracies of South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia--Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, India--are all moving...
Thoughts for Your Penny?
Sentimental slob that I am, I am a terrible bettor. If I drop by Batavia Downs to watch the horses run, I inevitably blow my dough on a hobbling long shot starting from the eighth post position. My March Madness brackets are filled with improbable...
Thoughts for Your Penny?
Sentimental slob that I am, I am a terrible bettor. If I drop by Batavia Downs to watch the horses run, I inevitably blow my dough on a hobbling long shotstarting from the eighth post position. My March Madness brackets are fiUed with improbable victories...
U Turn
I walked up to U Street from Howard, trading the college-student detritus of broken ballpoints and shattered brown bottles of domestic beer for the hipster scurf of cigarette butts. I wove through a neighborhood of narrow streets and row houses, red...
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