Articles from American Conservative

Lazy Reporters Parrot Democrats’ Talking Points on Impeachment

As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump got underway Tuesday, one theme emerged that will likely haunt the proceedings: the media betrayed a complete inability to understand trial procedure. Instead reporters lazily parroted Democratic talking points without any context or analysis.

Martin Indyk: An Important Neoliberal Defects

Within the inner precincts of the American foreign policy establishment, last names are redundant. At a Washington cocktail party, when some half-sloshed AEI fellow whispers, “Apparently, Henry is back in Beijing to see Xi,” there’s no need to ask, “Which Henry?” In that world, there is only one Henry, at least only one who counts. 

NYT’s Lukewarm, Wrong, and Ultimately Useless Endorsements

A few times in the Tony-winning musical Hadestown, characters raise their glasses “to the world we dream about, and the one we live in now.” This folksy retelling of an ancient Greek myth seethes with progressive energy, holding out the hope that the hippy poet Orpheus will overthrow the greedy capitalist Hades and free the summer goddess Persephone to usher in an endless summer. In the end, his success is only partial.

Now Residing in the Blessed Realm: Chris Tolkien (1924-2020)

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the holy host of the Valar (all 14 members of that august body) welcomed and praised Christopher Tolkien as he gently passed from this Middle-earth toward the Blessed Realm, with a quick stop in Tol Eressëa. It was yet one more grievous loss to us in early 2020, and one more celebrated in the Halls of Manwë. Christopher Tolkien had led an exemplary life, one of immense piety. He’d dedicated himself to his father in mythology, to his country in wartime, and to his civilization in crisis.

With Democrats Imploding, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like 2004

A divisive Republican president has plunged the country into a new, questionable Middle Eastern imbroglio. Seeking a renewal of his electoral charter, that president warns voters that his would-be replacements would bring about dangerous, sweeping, even un-American social change. Meanwhile, the replacements themselves are divided, with a Democratic Party torn between a safe pair of hands to take out a dangerous president, and a changing of the guard that would thrill its youth wing. 2020? Or 2004?