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. 12, No. 6, June

As Goode as It Gets
The Constitution Party has a nominee, but does it have a future?During the Republican primaries, conservatives turned to one candidate after another to be the right s alternative to Mitt Romney: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich,...
Beyond Originalism
Beyond Originalism Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance, J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Oxford University Press, 161 pages"I CCTn theory there is no difference between theory and practice," said...
Eastern Right
Conservative minds convert to Orthodox ChristianitySince the Second World War, Roman Catholicism has had enormous influence on American intellectual conservatism. The postwar rebirth of conservatism had two sources: libertarianism - a reassertion of...
Freud and the Drone
Robot war means more killing, less guilt.Perhaps in a whimsical mood, Sigmund Freud cited some unusual evidence for the aggressive impulse he found in mankind. In his essay "Reflections on War and Death," he writes that French philosopher Jean- Jacques...
Hungary Reconstituted
The "Easter constitution" reasserts a national identityIn the sorry past of the country, Hungary endured without a written constitution, just like the United Kingdom. Fortunately, the "light" arrived from the East, and Hungary received its first written...
Impaired Visions
Thomas Sowell's thinking is blinded by partisanship.Thomas Sowell is no ordinary right-wing pundit. For one thing, he is actually a subject expert, having a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. For another, he has won many honors off limits...
Kuwait's Crossroads
Islamists and American power imperil the Gulf's freest state.KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT- Voting in Kuwait is a risk factor for obesity. Outside the polling places candidates offer food and drinks to prospective voters. Unfortunately, the outcome of the most...
Letters
CHINA'S BABY BUSTMr. Unz makes a few interesting points ("Chinas Rise, Americas Fall," May 2012). But China is facing a growing demographic crisis. With its one-child policy, China will have a lot more young men and not enough women to marry or have...
Markets First, Elections Later
Why democratization fails, from Russia to IraqIt was November 1989, and I was in Moscow accompanying a delegation of senior Washington Times editors. They were eager to gloat over the coming collapse of communism with their own eyes.We were in die shabby,...
Neo-Keynesian Trap
Cheap, abundant credit stimulates the wrong kind of growth.The grand global debate in political economy boils down to Keynesian stimulus vs. austerity. Stripped of rhetoric, the debate is much the same in nominally communist China, socialist Europe,...
Revolt in the Ranks
Dissent in the armed forces is a patriotic traditionOn a September afternoon in the peacetime year of 1821, a regiment of Rhode Island militia completed its annual review and prepared to go home. Suddenly the regiment's parade field in Providence became...
Romney Capitalism
Mitt's father knew that industry, not finance, built America.Edward Lewis: "We don't make anything, Phil." Phil Stuckey: "We make money, Edward?-"Pretty Woman" (1990)There's a subplot in the movie "Pretty Woman" that serves as an apt metaphor for the...
Stealth Turkey
The trillion-dollar F-35 is an easy target.Congressman Paul Ryan's laudable if sometimes misguided efforts to trim the federal deficit deserve support. So here's an idea for him. Want to lose a trillion dollars in ugly budget fat? Cut off the F-35 fighter/bomber.$1...
Turn off, Tune out, Drop In
The television blares: a blonde bombshell declaims the headlines or a few red-faced older men shout themselves to apoplexy. For millions of cable viewers, this is the news - or what used to be the news. Thirty years ago nonstop reporting, with some seasoned...
Welcome to Takiwood
"Sorry, I'm in make up, if it's something important, call my agent, Israel Goldfarb." This is how I've been fending off the myriad of calls from eager females trying to reach me now that I'm about to become a major movie star. The story so far: Michael...
When News Is Propaganda
Cable networks perfect their partisan slant - and that means war.The video age has sped up our cognitive powers. We get to the point faster. ... People who watch the evening news see entire South American cities collapse under earthquakes in sixty seconds...