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. 1, January

America Alone
What ever happened to the "Coalition of the Willing?"BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron recently reassured President Obama that Britain would remain a "robust edly" - America's wingman - in confronting threats around the world. Of course, that comment...
America Alone: What Ever Happened to the "Coalition of the Willing?"
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron recently reassured President Obama that Britain would remain a "robust ally"--America's wingman--in confronting threats around the world. Of course, that comment might have been a little more comforting if it had...
Assassin Nation
Obama's "don't ask, don't tell" test for killing Americans.HOW MUCH EVIDENCE should the U.S. government be obliged to show before it kills you? None, according to the Obama administration.And how much evidence of your wrongdoing should the government...
Assassin Nation: Obama's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Test for Killing Americans
HOW MUCH EVIDENCE should the U.S. government be obliged to show before it kills you? None, according to the Obama administration. And how much evidence of your wrongdoing should the government be obliged to possess before officially targeting you...
Bernanke's Bad Bet
The Fed sacrifices Main Street's wealth to Wall Street.WOULD YOU CALL sacrificing $6 trillion of America's household wealth to inflate the stock market by $2 trillion a good deal? Few would, but the Federal Reserve obviously thinks it's a bargain, for...
Bernanke's Bad Bet: The Fed Sacrifices Main Street's Wealth to Wall Street
WOULD YOU CALL sacrificing $6 trillion of America's household wealth to inflate the stock market by $2 trillion a good deal? Few would, but the Federal Reserve obviously thinks it's a bargain, for this tradeoff is the explicit result of the central...
Breaking Washington's Rules
How an empire can become a republic again.AS A BOY GROWING UP in the Midwest during the early years of the Cold War, I developed a clear understanding of what differentiated Americans from their communist adversaries. Simply put, we were pragmatiste...
Breaking Washington's Rules: How an Empire Can Become a Republic Again
AS A BOY GROWING UP in the Midwest during the early years of the Cold War, I developed a clear understanding of what differentiated Americans from their communist adversaries. Simply put, we were pragmatists and they were ideologues. On our side flexibility...
Bush Is Back
As the GOP reclaims power, the ex-president returns to remind voters of Republican wars, bailouts, and boondoggles.EARLY IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S second term, a conservative band called the Right Brothers came out with a rocking affirmation of the president's...
Bush Is Back: As the GOP Reclaims Power, the Ex-President Returns to Remind Voters of Republican Wars, Bailouts, and Boondoggles
EARLY IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S second term, a conservative band called the Right Brothers came out with a rocking affirmation of the president's record. Entitled "Bush Was Right," the lyrics also served to remind us who was wrong--Ted Kennedy, Cindy Sheehan,...
Deep Background
In his new book Decision Points, ex-president George W. Bush confirms - "damn right," he says - that he personally authorized the waterboarding of al-Qaeda prisoners. The revelation raises some interesting questions. Nearly everyone but Bush and his...
Fear of a Muslim Planet
What's behind all this Sharia hysteria?WOULD YOU LIKE A SPOT of Islamophobia in your tea? It seems that a few of the Tea Party's representatives in the midterm elections concluded that voters would like their favorite drink brewed with very hot anti-Muslim...
Fear of a Muslim Planet: What's Behind All This Sharia Hysteria?
WOULD YOU LIKE A SPOT of Islamophobia in your tea? It seems that a few of the Tea Party's representatives in the midterm elections concluded that voters would like their favorite drink brewed with very hot anti-Muslim spices. "He is the only Muslim...
Fly the Frisky Skies
Americans are in open revolt against the Transportation Security Administration's "porno-scanners." These devices, which use X-rays or millimeter waves to strip-search air travelers, are already in 68 airports, and the TSA hopes to deploy more than...
Fly the Frisky Skies
[PRIVACY]Americans are in open revolt against the Transportation Security Administration's "porno-scanners." These devices, which use X-rays or millimeter waves to strip-*earch air travelers, are already in 68 airports, and the TSA hopes to deploy more...
In His New Book Decision Points, Ex-President George W. Bush Confirms
In his new book Decision Points, ex-president George W. Bush confirms--"damn right," he says--that he personally authorized the waterboarding of al-Qaeda prisoners. The revelation raises some interesting questions. Nearly everyone but Bush and his...
Land of the Fighting Bobs
The week that Wisconsin voters threw out Russ Feingold, the only step-grandson Fighting Bob La Follette had left in the U.S. Senate, I went to hear an Upper Mid westerner of similar pedigree, Bob Dylan of Hibbing, Minnesota. I actually saw some...
Middle American Radicals
OTHER THAN BEING the highest-profile Republican victims of Tea Party candidates, what do Lisa Murkowski, Mike Castle, Charlie Crist, and Arlen Specter have in common? Other than being Tea Party insurgents who routed establishment Republicans in...
Old and Right
BE NOT UNGRATEFUL to the achievements of scientific materialism and to the insights of many pragmatists. In practice you are living every day on the benefits of those achievements and those insights, even if you greet them with an affectation of pseudomedieval...
Ostrich America
The ludicrous, destructive, curiously enduring myth of U.S. isolationism.OF ALL THE RECEIVED IDEAS that clog America's foreign-policy discourse, none is more at variance with reality than the threat of so-called isolationism. We have never been more...
Ostrich America: The Ludicrous, Destructive, Curiously Enduring Myth of U.S. Isolationism
OF ALL THE RECEIVED IDEAS that clog America's foreign-policy discourse, none is more at variance with reality than the threat of so-called isolationism. We have never been more engaged with every corner of the world, yet we have never been lectured...
Restrictionist Revival
Congress takes a right turn on immigration policy.Two years ago, Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazelton, Pennsylvania lost his hardfought campaign against longtime Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski. It was a replay of their match-up in 2006, and Barletta...
Restrictionist Revival: Congress Takes a Right Turn on Immigration Policy
Two years ago, Mayor Lou Barletta of Hazelton, Pennsylvania lost his hard-fought campaign against longtime Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski. It was a replay of their match-up in 2006, and Barletta had every reason to be discouraged. He had been...
Senator Tea Party
There's a word for Rand Paul's mix of constitutionalism and populism: conservatism.ON ELECTION NIGHT in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Rand Paul and his wife Kelley stood on the side of the stage where he would soon give his victory speech. They were beaming...
Senator Tea Party: There's a Word for Rand Paul's Mix of Constitutionalism and Populism: Conservatism
ON ELECTION NIGHT in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Rand Paul and his wife Kelley stood on the side of the stage where he would soon give his victory speech. They were beaming as they watched their sons onstage jamming their guitars to the chords of "TNT"...
Shock and Waugh
The most anarchic writer of our age was a man of the Old Right.Thank you for your letter. Would it give you comfort if I suggest you call yourself the Official Auberon Waugh Appreciation Society rather than the Unofficial Auberon Waugh Appreciation Society?...
Shock and Waugh: The Most Anarchic Writer of Our Age Was a Man of the Old Right
Thank you for your letter. Would it give you comfort if I suggest you call yourself the Official Auberon Waugh Appreciation Society rather than the Unofficial Auberon Waugh Appreciation Society? I know of no rivals. Of course I am trying to get...
Swamps of Academe
Russell Kirk ran the sword of imagination through the educational establishment.IT SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISING that a man who spent much of his life up to age 34 hanging around schools should retain a keen interest in them. Russell Kirk abandoned the professoriate...
Swamps of Academe: Russell Kirk Ran the Sword of Imagination through the Educational Establishment
IT SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISING that a man who spent much of his life up to age 34 hanging around schools should retain a keen interest in them. Russell Kirk abandoned the professoriate early on, but a major source of his income came from speaking at colleges...
Up in Smoke
California was on the verge of legalizing marijuana-until profit-hungry growers just said no.THERE'S A SCENE in the Bogart-Bacall noir classic "Key Largo" wherein one of the gangsters at the hotel starts rolling at the mouth to distract skittish guests...
Up in Smoke: California Was on the Verge of Legalizing Marijuana-Until Profit-Hungry Growers Just Said No
THERE'S A SCENE in the Bogart-Bacall noir classic "Key Largo" wherein one of the gangsters at the hotel starts rolling at the mouth to distract skittish guests from the hurricane outside. "I bet you two or three years we get Prohibition back," he says...
War for the Gop
[ELECTION]Voters may not have had foreign policy foremost on their minds Nov. 2, but the landslide that delivered control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans has weighty implications for war and peace. Few of the new GOP legislators are...
War for the GOP
Voters may not have had foreign policy foremost on their minds Nov. 2, but the landslide that delivered control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans has weighty implications for war and peace. Few of the new GOP legislators are anti-interventionists;...
War for Women
The interesting question about the war in Afghanistan is not what its outcome will be--the "coalition" will not be the first foreigners to conquer the country--but why it continues. The establishment's answer remains 9/11. But al-Qaeda now has little...
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