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. 11, No. 4, April

American Comintern
U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Obama's man in Moscow, has received a rude reception. And understandably so. In 1992, McFaul was the representative in Russia of the National Democratic Institute, a U.S. government-funded agency whose mission is...
American Scenes
American Scenes Thomas Hart Benton: A Life, Justin Wolff, Parrar, Straus, and Giroux, 400 pagesThomas Hart Benton was a painter who could appear on the cover of Time one year only to be drummed out of die New York art world the next. He was a child of...
Eastern Europe Turns Right
Can Burteans prevail amid socialism and ethnic fury?Ever since Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the streets of Sarajevo almost 100 years ago, nationalism has been a defining feature of inter-European...
Eastern Europe Turns Right: Can Burkeans Prevail amid Socialism and Ethnic Fury?
Ever since Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the streets of Sarajevo almost 100 years ago, nationalism has been a defining feature of inter-European relations. Indeed, the same city in which Princip...
Embassy to Nowhere
The State Department's $750 million Baghdad boondoggleWASHINGTON- It would be too easy to say the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is a metaphor for the arrested development of our highly anticipated new "strategic partnership" with Iraq, but in many ways it...
Embassy to Nowhere: The State Department's $750 Million Baghdad Boondoggle
WASHINGTON -- It would be too easy to say the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is a metaphor for the arrested development of our highly anticipated new "strategic partnership" with Iraq, but in many ways it is the most poignant symbol we have. Not only is...
Europe's Composer
Europe's Composer César Franck His Life and Times, RJ. Stove, Scarecrow Press, 371 pagesR.J. Stove's intensively researched biography of Belgian French composer César Franck (18221890) has striking merits. Stove writes exquisitely, in periodic sentences,...
Gloomy Gus Goes to College
Gloomy Gus Goes to College Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck Why We Can't Look Away, Eric G. Wilson, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 213 pagesIt takes a tormented inteUectual to write a book like this. To connect with the morbid curiosity that rules his life,...
Letters
ROUND ROBINSamuel Goldman has given us an astute and nuanced antidote to Corey Robin's slanted portrait of conservatism ("Right Minds," March 2012). Yet we should also be grateful to Robin. He has done us a great favor by offering us a nuanced and rich...
Nationalist Anthems?
Country music celebrates the local, not the yoke!I haven't listened to country music since I was growing up in rural south Louisiana, where every man I knew tuned his pick-up truck radio to WYNK, the country-radio powerhouse in Baton Rouge. Country never...
Nationalist Anthems? Country Music Celebrates the Local, Not the Yokel
I haven't listened to country music since I was growing up in rural south Louisiana, where every man I knew tuned his pick-up truck radio to WYNK, the country-radio powerhouse in Baton Rouge. Country never took with me. I was 14 when MTV launched and...
Netanyahu's Machine
Netanyahu's Machine The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart, Times BooL·, 276 pagesThe Crisis of Zionism opens with Peter Beinart watching a video on his computer sent by an Israeli friend. It depicts an incident on the occupied West Bank: Israeli military...
Occupy Iran?
America's nearly decade-long occupation of Iraq had a more than decade-long buildup. Before the Surge, before Abu Ghraib, before "Shock and Awe" came a dozen years of sanctions, no-fly zones, periodic bombings, and relentless hype about Saddam Hussein...
Occupy Iran?
America's nearly decade-long occupation of Iraq had a more than decade-long buildup. Before the Surge, before Abu Ghraib, before "Shock and Awe" came a dozen years of sanctions, no-fly zones, periodic bombings, and relentless hype about Saddam Hussein...
OLD and RIGHT
The death of the Roman Republic may be ascribed with equal truth either to the fault of the masses or to the failure of the great.The system of civil and poUtical Uberty could be made to work so long as it was not extended beyond men whose folkways accorded...
Origin of the Specie
Origin of the Specie Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber, Melville House, 534 pagesThis book is just as audacious as its title suggests: Graeber, an anthropologist, walks the reader through the history of debt. How seriously does the author take...
Peckinpah Country
I'm on one of my periodic Sam Peckinpah benders. ("You call that a bender?" I can hear Sam sneer, as he gestures scornfully to my beer bottle with way too little ullage.) The trigger this time was a visit with my in-laws in L.A. I read James Cain and...
Putin's Philosophy
The Russian leaders paradoxical, strong-state "liberal-conservatism"Imagine that you were to pick up a textbook on American history and find no mention of Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson. This is pretty much the situation for anyone...
Putin's Philosophy: The Russian Leader's Paradoxical, Strong-State "Liberal-Conservatism"
Imagine that you were to pick up a textbook on American history and find no mention of Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, or Thomas Jefferson. This is pretty much the situation for anyone in the West trying to understand modern Russia. The standard textbooks...
Right Marriage Fight
Why social conservatives lose to liberal modernityWith the war in Afghanistan not yet over and the economy still reeling from the Great Recession, who would have predicted that 2012 would be the year of social issues? But so it is proving to be, between...
Right Marriage Fight: Why Social Conservatives Lose to Liberal Modernity
With the war in Afghanistan not yet over and the economy still reeling from the Great Recession, who would have predicted that 2012 would be the year of social issues? But so it is proving to be, between Rick Santorum's surprisingly strong performance...
Save the Dateline
Without foreign correspondents the press is in a world of ignorance.It was one of the most ingenious scoops of all time. In May 1902, the leaders of the Boers were meeting in secret in Vereeniging, South Africa to discuss whether to agree to proposals...
Save the Dateline: Without Foreign Correspondents the Press Is in a World of Ignorance
It was one of the most ingenious scoops of all time. In May 1902, the leaders of the Boers were meeting in secret in Vereeniging, South Africa to discuss whether to agree to proposals put forward by the British to end the three-year-old war. An account...
Sex Appeals
I've always viewed the left in American politics as a joke, and its latest crusade concerning women confirms it. In fact, it is straight out of "Some Like It Hot," the Billy Wilder comedy of the early 1960s. When Joe E. Brown, playing a multi-millionaire...
Sex Appeals
I've always viewed the left in American politics as a joke, and its latest crusade concerning women confirms it. In fact, it is straight out of "Some Like It Hot," the BuTy Wilder comedy of die early 1960s. When Joe E. Brown, playing a multi-millionaire...
TAC Classic
Over the last two decades, the United States has seen the extraordinary dual advance of finance and extreme levels of wealth concentration and polarization. Indeed, they have fed on each other.The rise of Wall Street and its outliers - let's call the...
That Old Romanov Feeling
America loses even if it wins a war with China.In 1914 the Houses of Hapsburg and Romanov sat transfixed, mesmerized by the central question: which would win this latest round in their old quarrel? But the paradigm had changed and both would lose, while...
That Old Romanov Feeling: America Loses Even If It Wins a War with China
In 1914 the Houses of Hapsburg and Romanov sat transfixed, mesmerized by the central question: which would win this latest round in their old quarrel? But the paradigm had changed and both would lose, while the winners would be a distant American republic...
The Celtic Mind
How Adam Smith and Edmund Burke saved civilizationOne contemplates the power, depth, and breadth of the finest 18th-century minds only with some trepidation and humility. Or at least, one should.The favorite study of die great men of that day, famed...
The Celtic Mind: How Adam Smith and Edmund Burke Saved Civilization
One contemplates the power, depth, and breadth of the finest 18th-century minds only with some trepidation and humility. Or at least, one should. The favorite study of the great men of that day, famed editor of The Nation E.L. Godkin explained in...
The Modern Agrarian
The Modern Agrarian The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter, eds., ISI Books, 334 pagesA year ago, when my wife and I were waiting for a flight out of Logan Airport, a roughhewn man of about 60 was sitting a few seats...
Time-Bomb Diplomacy
Misguided U.S. and Israeli policy brings war with Iran ever closer.The current frenzy over Iran began with the International Atomic Energy Agency report released last November, which revealed that Tehran had been doing a number of things that have no...
Time-Bomb Diplomacy: Misguided U.S. and Israeli Policy Brings War with Iran Ever Closer
The current frenzy over Iran began with the International Atomic Energy Agency report released last November, which revealed that Tehran had been doing a number of things that have no explanation other than an interest in nuclear weapons, such as working...
Weak Tea
Grassroots rebels find fewer targets in this year's GOPBy most accounts 2010 was the year of Tea Party. Not only did Republicans take control of the House, increase their numbers in the Senate, and gain ground virtually across the board, but conservative...
Weak Tea: Grassroots Rebels Find Fewer Targets in This Year's GOP
By most accounts 2010 was the year of Tea Party. Not only did Republicans take control of the House, increase their numbers in the Senate, and gain ground virtually across the board, but conservative challengers had a good batting average against establishment...
What's Wrong with Rights?
Mary Ann Glendon challenges Americas supreme political values.We Americans know our rights! At least we talk as if we do, almost incessantly. The language of rights is how we discuss, and perceive, almost everything in our political life. But what guidance...
What's Wrong with Rights? Mary Ann Glendon Challenges America's Supreme Political Values
We Americans know our rights! At least we talk as if we do, almost incessantly. The language of rights is how we discuss, and perceive, almost everything in our political life. But what guidance do the Bill of Rights or the Universal Declaration of...
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