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. 16, No. 1, January-February

An Infrastructure Fix: The New President's Chance to Write His Name in History
President Dwight Eisenhower wrote his name in concrete by building the interstate highway system. President-elect Donald Trump has made infrastructure one of his signature issues, perhaps because he too likes to write his name on big projects. If the...
Anyone for Tennis?
Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon, Elizabeth Wilson, Serpent's Tail, 320 Pages In the old Britannic sporting tradition, tennis was a superfluous pastime. Unlike football and cricket, it did not figure in...
A Time of Transition
Donald Trump is president-elect, and the panic-stricken sensationalism that characterized the mass media's coverage of his campaign has not let up in the slightest since his victory over Hillary Clinton. If you believe what you read in the papers,...
Capitalism and Climate: Environmental Success Needn't Come from Government
With President Donald Trump in the White House, healthy Republican majorities in Congress, and a likely conservative majority on the Supreme Court, we are likely to see dramatic shifts in governance across the economy--and perhaps particularly in the...
Debunking America's 'Good' Occupation
The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, Susan L. Carruthers, Harvard University Press, 384 pages At what point do egregious factual errors undermine the credibility of an otherwise carefully researched and thoughtful book?...
Deep Background
The midnight oil is burning over at the Central Intelligence Agency as senior managers consider options relating to how to play new president Donald Trump and new director Mike Pompeo, neither of whom possesses any serious understanding either of intelligence...
Election-Night Giddiness
Gore Vidal once said that the three saddest words in the English language were Joyce Carol Oates. "President Hillary Clinton" would have dislodged the exophthalmic novelist from that epigram, but as for "President Donald Trump"... the jury is not only...
From Chapels to Condos: Is There Still Room for the Sacred in the City?
At night it stands a silent and dark shadow against the glittering lights of Boston's Back Bay, the only sound the almost riparian traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Yet step closer and one sees that the edifice is not merely vacant, but hollow--a...
Grandmasters of Fake News
"I have in my possession a secret map, made in Germany by Hitler's government--by planners of the New World Order," FDR told the nation in his Navy Day radio address of October 27, 1941. He added, "It is a map of South America as Hitler proposes to...
Harvard's George J. Borjas: Adding Up the Cost of Uncontrolled Immigration
"Trump started the campaign with some comments about immigration, if you recall, last year. A really good question to ask, which nobody has really asked, is would he have gotten traction if he hadn't shocked the system that way so early on? What he...
Hillbilly Energy: J.D. Vance and the Forces That Elected Trump
In retrospect, that interview in the summer was a seismic warning of the election earthquake to come in the fall. In late June, Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance's memoir of his tumultuous childhood lived on the border between Appalachia and the Rust...
James M. Perry, 1927-2016: He Was a Throwback to the Straight-Up Journalism of Old
James M. Perry, who died November 23 at 89, grew up on the Philadelphia Main Line. He served as a Marine at the end of World War II, cadging a good job in Washington as a writer for Leatherneck magazine. He earned a degree from Trinity College, where...
Legitimate Differences: A New Approach to Russia
Given the recent near-hysteria over Russia's alleged hacking of U.S. political email traffic, it is difficult to imagine a U.S.-Russia relationship established upon a peaceful footing--or, to put it another way, a relationship so stable and constructive...
Leonard Cohen's Life of Poetry and Song
When Leonard Cohen, as a student at McGill University in 1950s Montreal, was put in charge of public debates, his first act was to say there should not be any public debates. He would never become an overtly political voice, but he did address political...
Old and Right
Why are the cattle in a common so puny and stunted? Why is the common itself so bare-worn and cropped differently from the adjoining enclosures? No inequality, in respect of natural or acquired fertility, will account for the phenomenon. The difference...
Rapprochement with Putin-And Olga
Just about six months ago, at a Spectator party in London, I was introduced to a very attractive young woman by the name of Olga. She was Russian, very bubbly and friendly, and when I told her in no uncertain terms that I was for Trump, she became...
The Best of Intentions: Incentive, Not Bureaucracy, Is the Key to Environmental Protection
Much speculation has emerged over what the forthcoming Donald Trump administration will do for environmental protection. While many liberals and environmentalists fear Trump will cause substantial harm to the environment, there is ample reason to believe...
The Big Forces of History: Can the Era of America's Global Dominance Be Sustained?
Donald Trump's presidential victory in November, a product of surging anti-establishment populism, has unnerved the U.S. foreign-policy establishment and its liberal-internationalist cousins abroad. They fear that under Trump's leadership the United...
The Buckley Legacy in Voice and Print
Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line, by Heather Hendershot, Broadside, 432 pages A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century, by William F. Buckley Jr., edited by James Rosen, Crown Forum, 336...
Unleashing Energy Winners: Why Not Tap into America's Entrepreneurial Ingenuity?
An election that shook up the country can also shake up Washington. An agency that particularly needs shaking up is the Department of Energy, which is far too deep into the business of picking winners and losers in the energy field. And it isn't very...
Why I Read the American Conservative
The American Conservative represents a new voice for a new generation of conservatives. We invest in creative thinking about serious challenges facing the United States, from restoring strong neighborhoods to regaining prudence in foreign policy. In...
Womanhood Redefined: A Feminist's Take on the Transgender Controversy
In the fall of 2015, the theater board of the women's college Mount Holyoke announced that it would forgo the annual tradition of performing Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. The feminist classic is a 90-minute amalgamation of over 200 interviews...
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