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. 4, February 23

Counter Intelligence
Today's CIA serves contractors and bureaucrats-not the nation.SUPPOSE YOU WERE GIVEN the dark mission of spending $50 billion a year to create a global intelligence organization that would be minimally effective. You would want to keep 90 percent of...
Counter Intelligence: Today's CIA Serves Contractors and Bureaucrats-Not the Nation
SUPPOSE YOU WERE GIVEN the dark mission of spending $50 billion a year to create a global intelligence organization that would be minimally effective. You would want to keep 90 percent of the employees in their home country and incentivize senior staff...
Ethnonationalism Rules
STANDING BEFORE the Siegessaule, the Victory Column that commemorates Prussia's triumphs over Denmark, Austria, and France in the wars that birthed the Second Reich, Barack Obama declared himself a "citizen of the world" and spoke of "a world that...
Fear Itself
How pop culture and Pearl Harbor drove the Japanese-American internmentFIFTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO this month, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, creating exclusion zones around strategic installations on the West Coast and authorizing...
Fear Itself: How Pop Culture and Pearl Harbor Drove the Japanese-American Internment
FIFTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO this month, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, creating exclusion zones around strategic installations on the West Coast and authorizing the relocation of residents of Japanese ancestry to ten sites in the...
Free Trade in Free Fall
As we go to press, the Senate has just passed the revised $838 billion stimulus package by a vote of 61-37. It retains a weakened form of the "Buy American" provisions that elicited protests from the White House and Republicans in Congress. Of all...
Guns or Bitter
The Super Bowl is a mere anticlimax to the February edition of the triannual Alexander Gun Show, held earlier that day in a volunteer firemen's hall a mile south of the home of the late Barber Conable, the statesman who represented us in Congress for...
How Radio Wrecks the Right
[bad vibrations]Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.YOU CAN'T HELP BUT ADMIRE Rush Limbaugh's talent for publicity. His radio talk show is probably - reliable...
How Radio Wrecks the Right: Limbaugh and Company Certainly Entertain. but a Steady Diet of Ideological Comfort Food Is No Substitute for Hearty Intellectual Fare
YOU CAN'T HELP BUT ADMIRE Rush Limbaugh's talent for publicity. His radio talk show is probably--reliable figures only go back to 1991--in its third decade as the number-one rated radio show in the country. And here he is in the news again, trading...
Mormons at the Door
Can social conservatives assimilate the LDS into their movement?IN 1898, B.H. ROBERTS, a high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was elected to represent Utah in the House. At the time, Americans could grudgingly accept...
Mormons at the Door: Can Social Conservatives Assimilate the LDS into Their Movement?
IN 1898, B.H. ROBERTS, a high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was elected to represent Utah in the House. At the time, Americans could grudgingly accept a Mormon politician as long as he wasn't too Mormon. But Roberts...
On the Ropes
"THE WRESTLER" is a slow-paced, predictable, but highly effective drama about a lonely former pro-wrestling star trying to hang on a little longer in the dim spotlight of minor league matches in New Jersey VFW halls and elementary-school gymnasiums....
Our Enemy, the President: The Greatest Threat to the Republic Comes from the Oval Office
AFTER EIGHT YEARS of George W. Bush, conservatives find themselves back at the beginning--that is, back at the beginning of the modern American Right, circa 1933. Once more the country is in a deep financial crisis (we don't call them "depressions"...
Race to the Top: Antonio Villaraigosa's Radical Past
WHEN I RETURNED to college after serving Uncle Sam, I discovered a new organization at UCLA called MEChA--Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. The group, founded by Mexican-American students who preferred to call themselves Chicanos and Chicanas,...
Sketches from a Life
[Last Rites, John Lukacs, Yale University Press, 208 pages] JOHN LUKACS HAS WRITTEN more than 30 books and recognizes that now, at the age of 85, the end must be near. Not many authors would have the nerve to use the title Last Rites, which might...
Tuned in to Principle
Broadcaster Clarence Manion fought liberals in both parties.TODAY'S MAJOR RADIO talk shows are ongoing infomercials for political parties, but it hasn't always been that way. The "Manion Forum," a national radio show founded by my father in 1954, took...
Tuned in to Principle: Broadcaster Clarence Manion Fought Liberals in Both Parties
TODAY'S MAJOR RADIO talk shows are ongoing infomercials for political parties, but it hasn't always been that way. The "Manion Forum," a national radio show founded by my father in 1954, took bipartisan aim at whoever was in power--Republican or Democrat--on...
What's the Tory? David Cameron, Conservative Chameleon
NOW IS THE WINTER of Republican discontent. It is widely agreed that the party needs to reinvent itself. It is also apparent that nobody knows what that means. For all the exhausting conservative introspection since the Democratic sweep of Nov. 4,...
White Lies
If we're all post-racial now, in the Age of Obama, somebody forgot to tell the New York papers. After The American Cause issued a report showing that recently defeated Republican legislators were weak on restricting immigration or lost to Democrats...
White Lies
[MEDIA]If we're all post-racial now, in the Age of Obama, somebody forgot to tell the New York papers. After The American Cause issued a report showing that recently defeated Republican legislators were weak on restricting immigration or lost to Democrats...
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