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. 6, No. 2, January 29

Bush's Last Stand
Less than two months ago, many Americans thought they could see, if not the outlines of the end of the Iraq disaster, at least the beginnings of a rational course correction. Democratic victories in the House and Senate were rightly interpreted as popular...
Deep Background
Corruption is now so prevalent in Iraq that fully one-third of all rebuilding contracts are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Special Inspector for Iraq Reconstruction. Wholesale smuggling of oil and the pandemic of corruption constitute a second...
Demon Fries
New York City finds a new menace-at McDonald's.EXACTLY 73 YEARS after the end of Prohibition, New York City's Board of Health announced its restrictions on the use of artificial trans fats in restaurants to be phased in over the next 18 months. The official...
Drama Queens & Showstoppers
FILM[Dreamgirls]Drama Queens & ShowstoppersBROADWAY MUSICAL composers can't seem to come up with catchy tunes anymore, so Hollywood has turned to singers' biopics, such as recent Oscar-winners "Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash) and "Ray" (Ray Charles),...
Fight Now-Pay Later
Guns and tax cuts are no more compatible than guns and butter.FOR MOST OF George W. Bush's presidency, tax cuts and military interventionism have together defined the Republican agenda. The GOP minority in the new Democratic-controlled Congress will...
Forum
MR. LIBERALIn his Dec. 4 review of A Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement, Gregory Schneider was too kind to Goldwater, whose latter-day liberalism was assuredly not a concoction of Carville...
Ghost over the Conservative Graveyard
Ghost Over the Conservative Graveyard [The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays, edited by George A. Panichas, ISI Books, 578 pages]RUSSELL KIRK (1918-94) burst upon the American intellectual scene in 1953 with the publication of his third book, The...
Going for Broke
[the gambler]Endorsing the Baker report would have meant denouncing his entire foreign policy, so Bush is betting everything on the neocons' surge.NOTHING SO CLEARLY reveals the impoverished state of American political discourse as the ongoing debate...
I Hate Therefore I Am
How outrage at particular policy became rage for its own sakeTHE ANGRY TONE of contemporary politics shuts down many conversations before they begin. People don't want to expose themselves to the bottled brine that is passed around as though it were...
Leftward Christian Soldiers
With a new generation of leaders preaching social justice over cultural concerns, the Religious Right may not remain an automatic Republican constituency.WITH WOUNDS STILL FRESH from the midterm elections, conservative supporters of the Republican Party...
Mideast Democrats
[IRAN]Though the rest of the world cringes and clucks each time he mounts a podium, these are dark days for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In mid-December, he was forced to flee Iran's premier polytechnic institute when student protestors carrying...
Of Terrorists, Tyrants, & Martyrs
In life, Saddam Hussein was a pitiless tyrant. He had murdered thousands, been caught hiding in a rat hole with a weapon he failed to fire, and blustered and bellowed at his trial for the mass execution of men and boys in reprisal for an attempt on his...
Russian Giant
Russian Giant [The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings 1947-2005, edited by Edward E. Ericson Jr. and Daniel J. Mahoney, ISI Books, 634 pages]EVEN AS A YOUNG BOY, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn knew he wanted to be a writer and, as was perhaps fitting...
The Failure of Fusionism
Libertarians are growing uneasy about their alliance with the Right, but that doesn't necessarily make the Left a natural fit.JUST TWO YEARS AGO, conservatives were in a triumphalist mood. George W. Bush's supporters trumpeted him as the man who had...
Think Tank Warriors
Let's start the new year with a hard truth: throwing in 20,000 to 30,000 more troops to save Iraq from chaos will have exactly the same result that Hitler's last ditch Belgian gamble during Christmas 1944 had on the western front. Total failure. One...
When One Man Ruled the World
When One Man Ruled the World [Caesar: Life of a Colossus, Adrian Goldsworthy, Yale University Press, 608 pages]ONE OF THE FOREMOST citizens and senators in the closing days of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar was a study in the contradictory impulses...
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