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Articles from Vol. 9, No. 9, December

American Graffiti
My lovely literate wife Lucine--"Armenian for Darlene," I type out of habit, and wince at the thought of the shoe flying across the room--recently reviewed for the local library one of those popanthropological books in which a big-city reporter spends...
Bleeding Arizona
The state's crackdown on illegals is as much about drugs as immigration.ROB KRENTZ was emblematic of Arizona. He ran a cattle ranch in the southeastern part of the state that had been in his family for four generations. But he was concerned for more...
Bleeding Arizona: The State's Crackdown on Illegals Is as Much about Drugs as Immigration
ROB KRENTZ was emblematic of Arizona. He ran a cattle ranch in the southeastern part of the state that had been in his family for four generations. But he was concerned for more than just his herd; he was in the habit of giving food and water to illegal...
Conscience of a Movement
Fifty years ago, conservative publishing was born.GO TO ANY CHAIN BOOKSTORE and scan the political or current affairs section. On shelves will no doubt be Mark Levin's bestseller Liberty and Tyranny and Sean Hannity's latest, Conservative Victory. Perhaps...
Conscience of a Movement: Fifty Years Ago, Conservative Publishing Was Born
GO TO ANY CHAIN BOOKSTORE and scan the political or current affairs section. On shelves will no doubt be Mark Levin's bestseller Liberty and Tyranny and Sean Hannity's latest, Conservative Victory. Perhaps Dick Morris's 2010: Take Back America will...
Defense on a Diet
Cutting the Pentagon is a question of strategy - as well as fiscal sanity.IN HIS STATE of the Union address, President Barack Obama made an attempt to placate critics of his fiscal profligacy by proposing a three-year freeze in federal spending. Republicans...
Defense on a Diet: Cutting the Pentagon Is a Question of Strategy-As Well as Fiscal Sanity
IN HIS STATE of the Union address, President Barack Obama made an attempt to placate critics of his fiscal profligacy by proposing a three-year freeze in federal spending. Republicans immediately cried foul, noting that outlays would remain stuck at...
Divorced from Reality
Don't blame the gays for the decline of marriage.DEFENDERS OF MARRIAGE must face some hard facts or they are going to lose their fight - and with it, quite possibly, their religious freedom as well. Federal judge Vaughn Walker's ruling nullifying Proposition...
Divorced from Reality: Don't Blame the Gays for the Decline of Marriage. (Culture)
DEFENDERS OF MARRIAGE must face some hard facts or they are going to lose their fight--and with it, quite possibly, their religious freedom as well. Federal judge Vaughn Walker's ruling nullifying Proposition 8 in California illustrates that, unless...
Extraordinary Joe
Joseph Sobran had a golden pen and the common touch.THE NEW YORK TIMES obituary of Joe Sobran (1946-2010) described him as "one of the conservative whiz kids" who came to National Review at the invitation of William Buckley. There were indeed others,...
Extraordinary Joe: Joseph Sobran Had a Golden Pen and the Common Touch
THE NEW YORK TIMES obituary of Joe Sobran (1946-2010) described him as "one of the conservative whiz kids" who came to National Review at the invitation of William Buckley. There were indeed others, with Garry Wills and David Brooks being perhaps the...
Fed 2.0
Ben Bernanke launches a New Deal at the central bank.BEN BERNANKE doesn't look like a revolutionary. The Federal Reserve chairman has the dry, effectless manner of a timid researcher even as he rings in sweeping changes to monetary policy. He makes his...
Fed 2.0: Ben Bernanke Launches a New Deal at the Central Bank
BEN BERNANKE doesn't look like a revolutionary. The Federal Reserve chairman has the dry, affectless manner of a timid researcher even as he rings in sweeping changes to monetary policy. He makes his actions seem qualified, tentative, easily revisable....
Four Generations of War
Welcome to On War, a column that will henceforth be a regular feature of this magazine. This is actually the 327th column in the series--the previous 326 will soon be archived on the TAC website. Thus far, On War has critiqued two failed American wars,...
Glenn Beck's Revisionism
How the Fox News pundit distorts the Progressive legacy.WHEN GLENN BECK wants to look serious he dons oversized horn-rimmed glasses and begins to lecture about Progressivism. In his telling, Progressives have contributed significantly to our latter-day...
Glenn Beck's Revisionism: How the Fox News Pundit Distorts the Progressive Legacy
WHEN GLENN BECK wants to look serious he dons oversized horn-rimmed glasses and begins to lecture about Progressivism. In his telling, Progressives have contributed significantly to our latter-day political problems. He finds their ideology--combining...
How Welfare States Die
For the fourth day running, France has been crippled by strikes. Airlines are canceling flights. Travelers making their way to Paris from de Gaulle and Orly face long delays.Tourists are stranded. The Eiffel Tower was closed. Rail and subway traffic...
How Welfare States Die: For the Fourth Day Running, France Has Been Crippled by Strikes. Airlines Are Canceling Flights. Travelers Making Their Way to Paris from De Gaulle and Orly Face Long Delays
Tourists are stranded. The Eiffel Tower was closed. Rail and subway traffic into the city has been curtailed. By shutting down refineries, French oil workers may cause a shutdown of gas stations and force the government to raid the strategic petroleum...
Liberty's Laureate
THE LITERARY WORLD'S immediate reaction to the news that Mario Vargas Llosa was the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature was a surprise. It wasn't just that the Peruvian novelist's name wasn't among those bandied about in the weeks before the...
Note from Editor
Dear Reader,The American Conservative is back, thanks to your support.Since our last issue in August, in which we asked for your help to keep TAC in print, the outpouring of generosity has been immense. We've raised over $100,000 toward closing the magazine's...
Old and Right
The military strength of Rome derived from the complete subordination of the army to civil authority, but this does not occur merely by saying it shall be so. An army is a diversion of energy from the productive life of a nation. In the Roman republic,...
Operation Cakewalk
A patriot's plan to invade everywhereBecause some blogs are too good not to print, TAG presents a highlight from David Frum's FruniForum, "The clubhouse for conservatives no longer witting to humor the lunatic fringe, " as Salon.com's Joan Walsh insists.WHY...
Operation Cakewalk: A Patriot's Plan to Invade Everywhere
Because some blogs are too good not to print, TAC presents a highlight from David Frum's FrumForum, "The clubhouse for conservatives no longer willing to humor the lunatic fringe," as Salon.com's Joan Walsh insists. WHY ARE WE conservatives stuck...
Peace Out
By betraying his antiwar base, Obama has doomed the Democrats and created a new Right.LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME the Pew Research Center organization undertook its annual overview of American opinion on foreign affairs. The idea is to measure the views...
Peace Out: By Betraying His Antiwar Base, Obama Has Doomed the Democrats and Created a New Right
LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME the Pew Research Center organization undertook its annual overview of American opinion on foreign affairs. The idea is to measure the views of America's foreign policy elite--as embodied by the members of the Council on Foreign...
Steal This Book
In Bomb Power, Garry Wills points out that much official secrecy is intended less to keep our enemies in the dark than to prevent Americans from discovering what the White House and Pentagon are up to. Think about President Nixon's "secret bombing"...
Steal This Book
[LIBERTIES]In Bomb Power, Garry Wills points out that much official secrecy is intended less to keep our enemies in the dark than to prevent Americans from discovering what the White House and Pentagon are up to. Think about President Nixon's "secret...
Stop Imagining
John Lennon lived long enough to change his mind about God, money, and politics.AFTER JOHN LENNON was shot on Dec. 8, 1980, thousands of fans spontaneously gathered around his apartment in New York City, imagining what the apostle of peace might have...
Stop Imagining: John Lennon Lived Long Enough to Change His Mind about God, Money, and Politics
AFTER JOHN LENNON was shot on Dec. 8, 1980, thousands of fans spontaneously gathered around his apartment in New York City, imagining what the apostle of peace might have accomplished with the rest of his life. The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund...
The Critic as Radical
T.S. Eliot's conservatism sought the still point in the turning world.SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR wrote of the 20th-century conservative thinker: "Gloomy or arrogant, he is the man who says no; his real certainties are all negative. He says no to modernity, no...
The Critic as Radical: T.S. Eliot's Conservatism Sought the Still Point in the Turning World
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR wrote of the 20th-century conservative thinker: "Gloomy or arrogant, he is the man who says no; his real certainties are all negative. He says no to modernity, no to the future, no to the living action of the world; but he knows...
What Happens When a Government Develops a Frightening New Technology, Uses It in What It Believes to Be a Restrained Fashion, but Then Loses Control?
What happens when a government develops a frightening new technology, uses it in what it believes to be a restrained fashion, but then loses control? The National Security Agency and the Pentagon's Cyber Security Command have been working closely with...
What I Saw in Afghanistan
A decade of nation-building has not made Kabul - or America - any safer.KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Barbed wire is sold by the mile here. No building of any consequence sits unprotected, open to the public. Most insecure of all, as measured by the amount of...
What I Saw in Afghanistan: A Decade of Nation-Building Has Not Made Kabul-Or America-Any Safer
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN--Barbed wire is sold by the mile here. No building of any consequence sits unprotected, open to the public. Most insecure of all, as measured by the amount of so-called security barriers deployed around them, are U.S. and European...

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