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. 7, No. 13, June 30

Burning Dinner
Government's scheme to fill gas tanks leaves stomachs empty.THE "FATAL CONCEIT" that Friedrich Hayek wrote about-the hubristic belief that intelligent central planners can better advance the common welfare than can people acting freely-is often used...
Burning Dinner: Government's Scheme to Fill Gas Tanks Leaves Stomachs Empty
THE "FATAL CONCEIT" that Friedrich Hayek wrote about--the hubristic belief that intelligent central planners can better advance the common welfare than can people acting freely--is often used as an analogy or, at least, an overstatement. In the case...
Canada's Speech Impediment
Our northern neighbors learn the limits of free expression."THE FOLLOWING is not intended for those who are suffering from an unwanted sexual identity crisis. For you, I have understanding, care, compassion and tolerance. I sympathize with you and offer...
Canada's Speech Impediment: Our Northern Neighbors Learn the Limits of Free Expression
"THE FOLLOWING is not intended for those who are suffering from an unwanted sexual identity crisis. For you, I have understanding, care, compassion and tolerance. I sympathize with you and offer you my love and fellowship." That is how Rev. Stephen...
Deep Background
There is considerable buzz in the intelligence community about the Senate Intelligence Committee "phase 2" report on Iraq released June 5. The mainstream media has focused on the Bush administration taking liberties with the truth to support the march...
Flattening Globalism
Sovereignty. What a glorious word. A bit hard to spell perhaps, but worth every letter.Yes, I know it seems like only yesterday that the world was flat. That was Thomas Friedman's best-selling argument: "Walls" were a thing of the past. Flatness, globalism,...
Flattening Globalism: Sovereignty. What a Glorious Word. A Bit Hard to Spell Perhaps, but Worth Every Letter
Yes, I know it seems like only yesterday that the world was flat. That was Thomas Friedman's best-selling argument: "Walls" were a thing of the past. Flatness, globalism, the twilight of sovereignty--these were the waves of the future. Well, maybe...
Food for Thought
Renewing the culinary culture should be a conservative cause.ALICE WATERS might not seem like a conservative. A veteran of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement, who once cooked a $25,000-a-seat fundraising dinner for Bill Clinton, she eagerly compares her...
Food for Thought: Renewing the Culinary Culture Should Be a Conservative Cause
ALICE WATERS might not seem like a conservative. A veteran of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement, who once cooked a $25,000-a-seat fundraising dinner for Bill Clinton, she eagerly compares her campaign for "edible schoolyards" --where children work with...
From Beirut to Bin Laden
Instead of maintaining its independence of action in the Mideast, the U.S. has backed one dangerous regime after another.IN THE LATE SUMMER and early fall of 1983, I spent time as a journalist in Beirut, covering the Marine peacekeeping force that in...
From Beirut to Bin Laden: Instead of Maintaining Its Independence of Action in the Mideast, the U.S. Has Backed One Dangerous Regime after Another
IN THE LATE SUMMER and early fall of 1983, I spent time as a journalist in Beirut, covering the Marine peacekeeping force that in October of that year lost more than 240 dead in a suicide bombing at the Beirut airport. The governing structure of Lebanon...
Hard Cases
While the California Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on the Golden State, so far this season the U.S. Supreme Court has not had to confront contentious social issues. That's not to say recent decisions--including Boumediene and Dada--have not...
Hard Cases
[JUSTICE]While the California Supreme Court imposed same-sex marriage on the Golden State, so far this season the U.S. Supreme Court has not had to confront contentious social issues. That's not to say recent decisions-including Boumediene and Dada-have...
Looking into the Lobby
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference is one of Washington's most important-and least reported-events.FOR THREE DAYS in the capital in early June, suspense built over the question of how the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...
Looking into the Lobby: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee's Annual Conference Is One of Washington's Most Important-And Least Reported-Events
FOR THREE DAYS in the capital in early June, suspense built over the question of how the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference would greet Barack Obama. There was a lot of grousing about Obama in the hallways of the Washington Convention...
Obama's Blues
Despite enormous structural advantages for Democrats in fundraising, voter registration, and party identification, national polling and Electoral College projections continue to show that Barack Obama would eke out only the narrowest of wins over John...
Obama's Blues
Despite enormous structural advantages for Democrats in fundraising, voter registration, and party identification, national polling and Electoral College projections continue to show that Barack Obama would eke out only the narrowest of wins over John...
Table Talk
Michael Pollan chats with Rod Dreher about how food culture can transcend the Left-Right divide.Rod Dreher is the author of Crunchy Cons-the book and the Beliefnet blog-and an editorialist for the Dallas Morning News. On TAC's behalf, he recently interviewed...
Table Talk: Michael Pollan Chats with Rod Dreher about How Food Culture Can Transcend the Left-Right Divide
Rod Dreher is the author of Crunchy Cons--the book and the Beliefnet blog--and an editorialist for the Dallas Morning News. On TAC's behalf, he recently interviewed Michael Pollan, the best-selling author of The Ominivore's Dilemma and In Defense of...
The Allergy Apocalypse
[The Happening] M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN, an Indian immigrant raised in suburban Philadelphia, is a Crunchy Con auteur who makes mild, relatively wholesome high-concept genre flicks. His 1999 ghost story, "The Sixth Sense," was an instant landmark, while...
The British Blunder
In attacking my new book, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War, Victor Davis Hanson, the court historian of the neoconservatives, charges me with "rewriting ... facts" and showing "ingratitude" to American and British soldiers who fought World...
The British Blunder
In attacking my new book, Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War, Victor Davis Hanson, the court historian of the neoconservatives, charges me with "rewriting... facts" and showing "ingratitude" to American and British soldiers who fought World Wars...
The Conscience of a Socialist
The Conscience of a Socialist [Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent, Ernest Freeberg, Harvard University Press, 380 pages]EUGENE VICTOR DEBS was a socialist icon, a pioneer of 20th-century labor unionism, a five-time...
The Man Who Knew Bin Laden
The Man Who Knew Bin Laden [Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, Michael Scheuer, Free Press, 384 pages]A BIZARRE, much discussed event took place during the May 2007 South Carolina debate among Republican contenders for the presidency....
Transgressing against the Postmodernists
Transgressing Against the Postmodernists [Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture, Alan Sokal, Oxford University Press, 465 pages]ONE OF THE PARADOXES of postmodernism is its lack of a sense of humor. Scholars who conceive of intellectual activity...
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