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. 9, No. 8, August

Bailouts for Bureaucrats
EVEN LIFELONG DEMOCRATIC pol Steny Hoyer, majority leader of the U.S. House, is balking at Barack Obama's latest bailout proposal. "I think there is spending fatigue," said Hoyer. "It's tough in both houses to get votes." Hoyer was referring to...
Bp Is the New Wmd
[EMPEROR]President Obama didn't go so far as to call the BP oil spill an act of terrorism. But he came close. "This is an assault our shores," he told an authence of tary personnel at Pensacola Naval Station. "And we're going to fight it everything we've...
BP Is the New WMD
President Obama didn't go so far as to call the BP oil spill an act of terrorism. But he came close. "This is an assault on our shores," he told an audience of military personnel at Pensacola Naval Air Station. "And we're going to fight it with everything...
Bringing Back Downtown
Last year, I left my hometown of Meridian, Mississippi and the house that my grandfather built to come to Washington, D.C. to work on the next federal transportation bill. Why? Because I believe the transportation investment decisions Congress makes...
Down on the Upside
Down on the Upside [The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity [volves, Matt Ridley, Harper, 448 pages]FOR THE VAST MAJORITY of human beings, Ufe has never been better. We're healthier, longer-Uving, less exhausted, and more nutrient-packed than any of our...
Engine of Prosperity
How private development can fund public infrastructureREAL ESTATE HAS CAUSED two of the last three recessions. That is because real estate and the infrastructure that supports it - transportation, sewer, broadband, etc.- represent 35 percent of the asset...
Engine of Prosperity: How Private Development Can Fund Public Infrastructure
REAL ESTATE HAS CAUSED two of the last three recessions. That is because real estate and the infrastructure that supports it--transportation, sewer, broadband, etc.--represent 35 percent of the asset base of the economy. When real estate crashes, the...
Fool's Gold
Afghanistan only seems like a wasteland. Look past the centuries of war, the inability to build an economy beyond poppies and graft, the zeal to remain a medieval museum. It is, in fact, a portal to legendary riches. Just ask the Pentagon. Along with...
Fool's Gold
[EMPIRE]Afghanistan only seems like a wasteland. Look past the centuries of war, the inability to build an economy beyond poppies and graft, the zeal to remain a medieval museum. It is, in fact, a portal to legendary riches. Just ask the Pentagon. Along...
Forum
RIGHT FUTUREI have had a difficult time finding a magazine from a conservative perspective that fit my rational, though admittedly millennial, ideology. I've shown it to other people my age and they react much more positively to The American Conservative...
How to Lose an Empire
America goes Ottoman shopping.Here's an economic history test:1. Which Great Power pioneered the secular trend towards freer international trade?2. Which Great Power first resorted to spiraling foreign indebtedness to pay for its wars?3. Which Great...
How to Lose an Empire: America Goes Ottoman Shopping
Here's an economic history test: 1. Which Great Power pioneered the secular trend towards freer international trade? 2. Which Great Power first resorted to spiraling foreign indebtedness to pay for its wars? 3. Which Great Power first permitted...
Inflating War
Central banking and militarism are intimately linked."ONE CAN SAY without exaggeration that inflation is an indispensable means of imlitarism," Ludwig von Mises wrote. "Without it, the repercussions of war on welfare become obvious much more quickly...
Inflating War: Central Banking and Militarism Are Intimately Linked
"ONE CAN SAY without exaggeration that inflation is an indispensable means of militarism," Ludwig von Mises wrote. "Without it, the repercussions of war on welfare become obvious much more quickly and penetratingly; war weariness would set in much...
Mideast Tide Turns
Could the Mavi Marmaraincident trigger a realignment in the Middle East? Hosni Mubarak's government in Egypt--the number 2 recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel--has been Tel Aviv's accomplice in enforcing the Gaza embargo. But Mubarak is dying,...
Mideast Tide Turns
[WORLD]Could the Mavi Marmara incident trigger a realignment in the Middle East? Hosni Mubarak's government in Egypt - the number 2 recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel - has been Tel Aviv's accomplice in enforcing the Gaza embargo. But Mubarak...
New Jersey Slasher
Budget-cutting Chris Christie is conservatives' new favorite governor.NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR Chris Christie wasn't supposed to become a hero for the Right. He wouldn't even accept the label "conservative" during his campaign.He was a washed-up local pol...
New Jersey Slasher: Budget-Cutting Chris Christie Is Conservatives' New Favorite Governor
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR Chris Christie wasn't supposed to become a hero for the Right. He wouldn't even accept the label "conservative" during his campaign. He was a washed-up local pol turned lobbyist but with enough connections to become George W....
Note from Editors
Dear Reader,The American Conservative needs your help. Like all small political magazines, we operate at a loss. Until recently, our deficit had to be made up by our publisher and associate publisher. Their support has been heroic, but the burden is...
Obama's Gitmo
Torturing the rule of lawPRESIDENT OBAMA may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child soldier. Come August, a military commission in Guantánamo will try...
Obama's Gitmo: Torturing the Rule of Law
PRESIDENT OBAMA may lack the nerve to stare down Liz Cheney or Bibi Netanyahu, but no one can deny that our commander in chief has the guts to take on a child soldier. Come August, a military commission in Guantanamo will try Omar Khadr, a Canadian...
One of the World's Most Powerful and Wealthiest Men, Saudi Arabia's Former Ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, Has Been Placed under Arrest
One of the world's most powerful and wealthiest men, Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been placed under arrest and is being held at the top-secret Dhaban prison in Jidda, Saudi Arabia. Prince Bandar headed...
Paper Dragon
Are we overestimating China's superpower strength?CHINA is MOVING inevitably toward first place in global affairs, ending America's role as top dog. Or so I am told in print and in person, sometimes by those who told me the same thing about Japan two...
Paper Dragon: Are We Overestimating China's Superpower Strength?
CHINA IS MOVING inevitably toward first place in global affairs, ending America's role as top dog. Or so I am told in print and in person, sometimes by those who told me the same thing about Japan two decades ago. I recall a conversation in the immediate...
Prole Tax
Tea Partiers revolt, but government still wins."IF THERE IS HOPE, it Ues in the proles," confided Winston Smith to his diary in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. This turned out to be an optimistic iUusion. The low-class proles, the most intelUgent...
Prole Tax: Tea Partiers Revolt, but Government Still Wins
"IF THERE IS HOPE, it lies in the proles," confided Winston Smith to his diary in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. This turned out to be an optimistic illusion. The low-class proles, the most intelligent or charismatic of them marked down for...
Rail against the Machine
What's so conservative about federal highways?CONSERVATIVES DO NOT LIKE pubUc transportation - or so Ubertarians and RepubUcan officeholders teU us. If that means we must spend hours stuck in congested traffic, so be it. Under no circumstances would...
Rail against the Machine: What's So Conservative about Federal Highways?
CONSERVATIVES DO NOT LIKE public transportation--or so libertarians and Republican officeholders tell us. If that means we must spend hours stuck in congested traffic, so be it. Under no circumstances would conservatives ever ride public transit. ...
Rand Plan
Will the Tea Parties turn antiwar?HERE'S A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: imagine a candidate saying that if we want to balance the federal budget, we need to cut warfare as well as welfare. Throw in some talk about the militaryindustrial complex. Then try to picture...
Rand Plan: Will the Tea Parties Turn Antiwar?
HERE'S A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: imagine a candidate saying that if we want to balance the federal budget, we need to cut warfare as well as welfare. Throw in some talk about the military-industrial complex. Then try to picture that candidate gaining the...
Sinking Ship
The attack on the Gaza relief flotilla jeopardizes Israel itself.ISRAEL'S BOTCHED RAID against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also...
Sinking Ship: The Attack on the Gaza Relief Flotilla Jeopardizes Israel Itself
ISRAEL'S BOTCHED RAID against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic...
Sounds of Silence
Sounds of Silence [In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, George Prochnik, Doubledag, 352 pages]SHORELINES, though never silent, are often quiet. Beneath the rumble of the surf, the lapping of wavelets, the keening of gulls,...
The Troubles I've Seen
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was in the Sunday Telegraph offices in London's Docklands when, at a minute past 7 on the night of Feb. 9, 1996, the IRA detonated a 1,000-pound bomb in South Quay, a couple of hundred yards from where I was sitting. The...
Thought Leader
Thought Leader [Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left Into the Heoconservative Right, Benjamin Balint, PublicAffairs, 304 pages]ALREADY THE WORLD'S most studied group of writers since Bloomsbury, the neoconservatives...
Tracking Costs
Rail transit's great enemy isn't public support or political will but its enormous price tag. The expense of heavy-rail subway systems has limited recent growth to extensions of existing lines. The last heavyrail construction completed in the U.S....
Up against the Wall
In the fall of 1995, as my 105-year-old friend Henry W. Clune lay dying, America's oldest living novelist asked me to run my fingertip along the spines of his dozen or so books, which occupied a shelf in his bedroom. (Henry was the usual Upstate authorial...
Urban Outfitters
Why should the Right give up on cities?WHY ARE SO MANY on the Right hostile to rail transit? When I was mayor of MUwaukee from 1988 to 2004, 1 wanted to restore some of the streetcar system that had been removed back in the fifties. Republicans, fueled...
Urban Outfitters: Why Should the Right Give Up on Cities?
WHY ARE SO MANY on the Right hostile to rail transit? When I was mayor of Milwaukee from 1988 to 2004, I wanted to restore some of the streetcar system that had been removed back in the fifties. Republicans, fueled by talk-radio personalities, attacked...
Wards of the State
Hilaire Belloc saw Obama coming.THE BEST BOOK on Obama's America has already been written. The president has two more years in office, six if he's lucky, but already we know enough about the contours of his mind, his governing instincts, to predict that...
Wards of the State: Saw Obama Coming
THE BEST BOOK on Obama's America has already been written. The president has two more years in office, six if he's lucky, but already we know enough about the contours of his mind, his governing instincts, to predict that the volume in question will...
When Red States Get Blue
What's the matter with Connecticut?In What's the Matter With Kansas? Thomas Frank sought to explain why blue-coUar voters abandoned their longtime home in the Democratic Party of Franklin Roosevelt for the RepubUcan Party of Ronald Reagan. Frank complained...
When Red States Get Blue: What's the Matter with Connecticut?
In What's the Matter With Kansas? Thomas Frank sought to explain why blue-collar voters abandoned their longtime home in the Democratic Party of Franklin Roosevelt for the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan. Frank complained that they had been deceived...