Articles from American Conservative

Marie Yovanovitch, the Poster Child of #FSProud

The State Department, where I worked for 24 years as a Foreign Service officer (FSO) and diplomat, reminds me a lot of my current hometown, New York City. Both places spend an inordinate amount of time telling outsiders how great they are while ignoring the obvious garbage piled up around them. It’s almost as if they’re trying to convince themselves that everything is okay.

The Outrage Industry’s Latest Child Soldier

Oh, we’ve been here before, haven’t we? Many are the times that conservatives have set out to excommunicate the extremists in their midst. These purges are sometimes necessary (the Birchers, Ayn Rand) and sometimes hasty (Joe Sobran), but they always tend to target perceived bigots, those who use their so-called conservatism as a cover for hatred of abstract groups.

Macron’s Warning: Europe Must Unite or Die

On the edge of a precipice’: Macron’s stark warning to Europe.” That was the headline on the cover of the latest issue of The Economist.

French president Emmanuel Macron told the magazine, “If we don’t wake up…there’s a considerable risk that in the long run we will disappear geopolitically.” The “we,” in this case, is Europe. In other words, if Europe wishes to play the role of a great power, it will have to be a great power, complete with military mojo.

Why is the Fed Muscling in on PayPal’s Business?

The Federal Reserve can at times be a conflicted organization. Ever since its mission was clarified in 1978 with the dual mandate of “maximum employment” on one hand and “stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates” on the other, the Fed has faced difficulty in balancing ends that can sometimes be in tension with each other.