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. 6, June

Bombs Save Lives
THE PRESIDENT JUST couldn't resist. Under pressure from the humanitarian "Valkyries" in his administration--Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and the National Security Council's Samantha Power--Obama took America...
Bombs Save Lives
THE PRESIDENT JUST couldn't resist. Under pressure from the humanitarian "Valkyries" in his administration - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and the National Security Council's Samantha Power - Obama took America...
Crossing the Tea
Evangelicals are not a part of the Republican coalition - they are the coalition.SINCE THE REAGAN ERA, Republicans have described their political coalition as a "three-legged stool." Fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, and social conservatives...
Crossing the Tea: Evangelicals Are Not a Part of the Republican Coalition-They Are the Coalition
SINCE THE REAGAN ERA, Republicans have described their political coalition as a "three-legged stool." Fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, and social conservatives together hold up the fortunes of the party. This rhetorical stool...
Dawn of the Idols
Dawn of the Idols [All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age , Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly, Free Press, 254 pages]IN SEPTEMBER 1966, just a few days shy of his 77th birthday, Martin Heidegger was interviewed...
English Lessons
David Cameron doesn't have the remedy for Britain's disintegration - or America's.UNIVERSAL-SUFFRAGE democracycivilization's wildest experiment with human nature so far - creates many mysteries and paradoxes. Perhaps the strangest is the dogged survival...
English Lessons: David Cameron Doesn't Have the Remedy for Britain's Disintegration-Or America's
UNIVERSAL-SUFFRAGE democracy--civilization's wildest experiment with human nature so far--creates many mysteries and paradoxes. Perhaps the strangest is the dogged survival in the Anglosphere countries of ostensibly conservative parties that are nothing...
Fighting Words
Fighting Words [At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing, George Kimball and iohn Schulian, eds., Library of America, 560 pages]"FOR SOME REASON, people don't want fighters just to be fighters," Garry WUIs wrote in 1975. "They have to stand for an era,...
Forum
DRAFTING HISTORYWhile he makes several good and valid points, James Joyner ("War Isn't for Everyone," May 2011) is not quite accurate in his depiction of the U.S. military of the pre-volunteer era. We amateurs, and draftees like me in particular, seem...
Fugitive Agrarians
Meeting the men behind I'll Take My StandI'll Take My Stand, the classic statement of Southern Agrarianism, was first published in 1930. Since that time, it has never been out of print. You have to ask yourself why people have continued to read it. There...
Fugitive Agrarians: Meeting the Men Behind I'll Take My Stand
I'll Take My Stand, the classic statement of Southern Agrarianism, was first published in 1930. Since that time, it has never been out of print. You have to ask yourself why people have continued to read it. There are several good reasons why they...
Generation Gap
A central tenet of the Military Reform Movement of the 1970s and '80s, of which I was a founder, was the need to move the American military from firepower/attrition warfare to maneuver warfare, which is to say from the Second Generation to the Third....
Gotham Idyll
With two Marine majors and their girls in tow, I recently went to see a revival of "Arcadia," the brilliant Tom Stoppard play about romanticism versus classicism (and much more, of course). Intelligent wordplay, mind-boggling knowledge--it's all there,...
Gotham Idyll
With two Marine majors and their girls in tow, I recently went to see a revival of "Arcadia," the brilliant Tom Stoppard play about romanticism versus classicism(and much more, of course). InteUigent wordplay, mind-boggling knowledge - it's all there,...
Hail to the Tyrant
Hail to the Tyrant [Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic, Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule, Oxford University Press, 256 pages]I HAVE TO ADMIT, I approached Executive Unbound with some trepidation. In the opening paragraphs, the authors announce...
History's Witness
His grandson sets the record straight about Whittaker Chambers.I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL with the grandchildren of Whittaker Chambers. At the time, I only knew the Chambers boys to be pleasant young gentlemen who were great at chess and foreign languages....
History's Witness: His Grandson Sets the Record Straight about Whittaker Chambers
I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL with the grandchildren of Whittaker Chambers. At the time, I only knew the Chambers boys to be pleasant young gentlemen who were great at chess and foreign languages. Twenty years later I read Witness and then Sam Tanenhaus's...
Notes from the Underground
Notes From the Underground [Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America, John McMillan, Oxford University Press, 304 pages]ONE SUNDAY IN 1968, the Washington wing of the Liberation News Service stole...
Rockabilly Road
HOLLYWOOD IS ONE of America's notable cultural exports, but when was the last time you heard rockabilly music described in that manner? "Rockabilly is the purest of all rock & roll genres," critic Peter Guralnick wrote in the 1976 edition of the...
Root Causes
Root Causes [The Crisis Behind Our Crisis, Alexander Boot, St. Matthew Publishing, 326 pages]IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED that the fruit doesn't faU far from the tree. In the case of Alexander Boot and his celebrated son Max, we may have a grand exception...
Running like Ron
In 2012, who will learn the lessons of Rep. Paul's last presidential campaign?IN EARLY 2007, Ron Paul was so obscure a political figure that the way to get in touch with him was to call his home phone. A long-time libertarian in New Jersey had given...
Running like Ron: In 2012, Who Will Learn the Lessons of Rep. Paul's Last Presidential Campaign?
IN EARLY 2007, Ron Paul was so obscure a political figure that the way to get in touch with him was to call his home phone. A long-time libertarian in New Jersey had given me the number, and I'd call him on occasion. The subject was his proposed...
Senator Amnesty
Will Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake become the next John McCain?ARIZONA IS AT THE FOREFRONT of the fight over illegal immigration. Arguably no state has been more affected by porous borders and the federal government's policy of selective immigration enforcement....
Senator Amnesty: Will Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake Become the Next John McCain?
ARIZONA IS AT THE FOREFRONT of the fight over illegal immigration. Arguably no state has been more affected by porous borders and the federal government's policy of selective immigration enforcement. Certainly no state has done as much to counteract...
Translating Japan
It took an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster to reveal how little the West understands the land of the rising sun.TOKYO - The art of reading between the lines is useful anywhere, but particularly in Japan, where so little of what matters is ever...
Translating Japan: It Took an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster to Reveal How Little the West Understands the Land of the Rising Sun
TOKYO--The art of reading between the lines is useful anywhere, but particularly in Japan, where so little of what matters is ever entrusted to words. Having lived in the country since 1985, I claim to know. So I reflexively looked for a hidden meaning...
Tribalism on the Rise
"This is a far, far away country about which we know very little," said Neville Chamberlain in 1938 as he declined to take his country to war over Adolf Hitler's claim to the Sudetenland. Indeed, Chamberlain knew almost nothing of Czechoslovakia,...
War Is Not Conservative
Two nights before the U.S. House voted on a resolution to require removal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Dec. 31, I was eating at a downtown Washington restaurant with three other Republican congressmen. All expressed disillusionment with or...
War Is Not Conservative
Two nights before the U.S. House voted on a resolution to require removal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Dec. 31, I was eating at a downtown Washington restaurantwith three other Republican congressmen. All expressed disillusionment with or at...
War Tories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If antiwar conservatism is a neglected tradition in America, in Britain it is all but forgotten. Take the latest intervention in Libya. It was a Conservative prime minister, David Cameron, who, along with French President...
Wilson's Picket
Edmund Wilson was so securely American that he didn't bother with vapid assertions that he lived in a "free country." Instead, he acted as if he lived in such a place and as if the proper course for an independent insubordinate American writer was...

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