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. 5, No. 12, June 19

A New Democrat
Jim Webb's populist Senate campaign shakes up Virginia's political establishment.TO JIM WEBB'S most enthusiastic supporters, this is no ordinary campaign. Ask why their candidate should win the Democratic nomination to challenge Virginia Republican Sen....
Deep Background
The recent surge in violence initiated by the Taliban in Afghanistan is almost certainly linked to the withdrawal of U.S. Special Operations troops and their CIA counterparts from the Afghan border province of Pakhtia earlier this spring. U.S. forces...
Dynasty through Diversity
Why the Bush administration is so adamant about amnestyPRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH paid lip service to toughening border enforcement in his May 15 speech on illegal immigration. Yet his showcase recommendation of sending 6,000 National Guardsmen to the...
Fighting the Last War
Rumsfeld's resignation is less important than a reordering of U.S. stategy.SHOULD SECRETARY of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resign? Of course he should. The Bush administration prides itself on running like a business. What happens in business to a COO who...
Forum
DON'T KNOW MUCH BIOLOGYPeter Wood's interesting article on The King's College's effort to educate evangelical students for leadership roles in American institutions ("The Old College Try," May 8) prompted me to review the course offerings at the college....
Founding Principals
BOOKS [Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, Gordon S. Wood, Penguin, 319 pages] Founding Principals By Daniel McCarthyAFTER 230 YEARS, the American Revolution and our Founding Fathers have become shopworn things, leached of much...
Is the GOP Ascendancy Over?
In America, parties enter periods of hegemony when they are seen as having resolved the crisis of the age.Lincoln, the first Republican president, reunited in blood a Union that had sundered over his election and a Southern rebellion against the ascendancy...
Khaddafi's Carrots
While the Bush administration touts its diplomatic success in Tripoli, it refuses to offer Palestinians a similar package.PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE I just read a brother's beautiful memoir about one of the Pan Am 103 victims, but I am not overly impressed...
Papa Haydn
MUSICTHE MEDIA in all its forms was crowded with highly laudatory comment on the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, hailing him as the greatest composer of his time, if not of all time-a self-taught genius who was performing and...
Prophets in Their Own Land
How to go from respected academic to anti-Semite-in one simple stepJOHN MEARSHEIMER and Stephen Walt's London Review of Books essay "The Israel Lobby," and the heavily footnoted working-paper version posted on the John F. Kennedy School of Government...
Reach out and Tap Someone
The NSA's surveillance program undermines the rule of law without producing real gains in security.THE NATIONAL SECURITY Agency has been tracking the calls of millions of Americans and constructing the "largest database ever assembled in the world,"...
Russian Bear Baiting
TakiFailure has done nothing to moderate the insane ambitions of U.S. policymakers. Not content with the bloody fiasco in Iraq, the intensification of the war in Afghanistan, a soaring budget deficit, and the electoral triumphs of the anti-American populist...
The Blog Ate My Life
Online scribes could be constructing a new medium-or they may be falling victim to the skewed perspectives of the virtual world.I BEGAN A BLOG in February 2002. The ostensible cause was the terrible day of 9/11 and its subsequent events, but the real...
The Church of Dan Brown
FILM[The Da Vinci Code]BACK WHEN I WROTE computer users' manuals, I'd try to break up the forbidding slabs of my pedantic prose by employing an EZ-2-Read Question & Answer format Watching the similarly structured "Da Vinci Code," I couldn't help...
Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?
[small minds think a like]To gain social acceptance, public thinkers needn't be profound, just reliably partisan.BY NATURE, modern America is a commercial-ideological construct, paradox enough for a culture to bear. Yet America is a pragmatic-ideological...