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 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 you my love and fellowship." That is how Rev. Stephen...
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 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 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...
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...
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...

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