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. 14, No. 4, July-August

A World of Cities: How Localism Prospers in an Era of Globalization
To hear the Beltway intelligentsia tell it, we've reached a dire moment in our nation's history. Shaken by the 2008 fiscal scare and afflicted by partisan gridlock, our federal government is shirking its responsibilities. These duties have been dumped...
Bernie Sanders Gets His Gun: Is the Second Amendment Only for Conservatives?
Liberal commentators make a lot of hay out of lambasting conservatives for their urge to purge apostates from the ranks of the Republican Party. Normally, I don't mind. But Bernie Sanders's presidential candidacy has exposed similar urges among mainstream...
Byzantine Empire-Or Republic?
The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis, Harvard University Press, 312 pages The textbooks say the Byzantine Empire was a theocratic autocracy uniting church and state under an all-powerful emperor believed by the...
Constant Lambert Lost (and Found)
Constant Lambert: Beyond The Rio Grande, Stephen Lloyd, Boydell Press, 622 pages Before about 1980, almost all culturally literate musicians trained on British models--not necessarily in Britain itself--discovered, generally by happenstance, Constant...
Davos Woman: Hillary Clinton Is a Gift to the Global Elite
Listen to Martin O'Malley's campaign stump speech and you would think he was running against a candidate named Goldman Sachs. Jim Webb insists the Democratic Party "could do better with white working people." Bernie Sanders describes himself as a democratic...
Deep Background
Spying has sometimes been described as the realm of smoke and mirrors, but the expression might equally be applied to politics in Washington. President Obama appeared to be aligning himself with the critics of the growing militarization of police forces...
Essays against the Man
In that sea of tranquility between his cohabitations with a she-male named Rachel and the performance artist Laurie Anderson, the late Lou Reed wed Sylvia Morales, who seems to have had a benign domestic influence on the notoriously prickly Reed. In...
Europe's Enlightened Order: What Was Reactionary about the Congress of Vienna?
At the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson travelled to Paris to meet with leaders of the victorious Allied Powers. After four years of war, Europe was exhausted. The enormous costs of the conflict were widely blamed on Europe's decrepit,...
Faith in Diplomacy: Conservative Realism Has a Champion in Reagan's Swiss Ambassador
She was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania during the Vietnam era. It was the early 1970s: she believed in the war at the time. But one day she rode a train from Haverford, Pennsylvania along with wounded soldiers from...
Getting It Write
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, Mary Norris, W.W. Norton, 240 pages There's a lot not to like about The New Yorker--the juxtaposition of its high-left Manhattan concern for the plight of the oppressed with ads for products that...
How Socialism Fails
The End of Socialism, James R. Otteson, Cambridge University Press, 240 pages James R. Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University, possesses one of the greatest minds in defense of classical liberalism...
Jeb vs. the Neocons? A Catholic Bush Just Might Be a Peaceful One
There is probably no way Jeb Bush could have avoided awkward moments discussing foreign policy in the months before his official campaign launch. He might have prepared sharp answers to the inevitable Iraq questions, but what could they have been?...
Marco Rubio Invades the World: From Yemen to Ukraine, the Florida Senator Wants War
As a Cuban-American attorney from Miami who shares much in common with Sen. Marco Rubio--we're both Florida Gators--I am naturally expected to support his presidential candidacy. But Rubio's frightening foreign-policy views prevent this conservative...
Personnel Is Policy
The name of every high-profile politician is really the name of a corporation. The politician himself is its CEO, and like the CEO of an auto manufacturer or McDonald's, a senator, governor, aspiring presidential nominee does not personally make the...
Saved by the Divine Comedy
How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History's Greatest Poem, Rod Dreher, Regan Arts, 320 pages I was once in Florence's little Dante museum, the Casa di Dante, on a quiet afternoon when an Italian mom and her son were also...
Sherlock Holmes's Politics: He Was a Victorian Libertarian-And Imperial Conservative
Within a few pages of meeting him in A Study in Scarlet, Watson describes his new friend Sherlock Holmes as having no interest in philosophy or social thought and only a "feeble" knowledge of politics. Yet to review the various books, monographs, movies,...
Summer with Taki
Back in the good old days when Ike and Mamie lived in the White House--and the neocons were an ugly bunch of short, bald people meeting in New York dumps discussing the greatness of Leon Trotsky--summertime spelled freedom and fun, at least for this...
Syria: A Conflict of Interests
Who rises if Assad falls? That question, which has bedeviled U.S. experts on the Middle East, may need updating to read: who rises when Assad falls? For the war is going badly for Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria since Richard Nixon...
T.S. Eliot, American
Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, Robert Crawford, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 512 pages Whether they read him in college or never heard of him, millions of Americans quote T.S. Eliot at least once a year: "April is the cruellest month."...
What Militarism Means: Its Perfect Symbol Isn't Prussia, It's the F-35
When we think of militarism, Prussians in spiffy uniforms goose-stepping down Unter den Linden probably comes to mind. Prussia's fixation on her army was less an "ism" than a product of her geography, which stranded the country between two great land...
Why Read Christopher Lasch? the Conservative Radical Has Answers to Charles Murray's Hard Questions
When I grew up in the overwhelmingly white blue-collar suburb of Philadelphia known as Levittown, a soft white supremacism was pervasive. When blacks were spoken about at all, it was rarely if ever positively. The conversations generally involved words...
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