Articles from American Conservative

Into the Dark Needs Less Wokeness, More Evil

It’s generally acknowledged that we’re living in a golden age of television. We have been at least since The Sopranos first aired in 1999, with the trend having been kept alive long past the normal lifespan of high-water marks by streaming services that have changed the formatting of shows just enough to encourage experimentation, ambition, and investment. What’s less discussed is that we’re also living in a wonderful time for horror.

Bezos and DoD Dream of AI, but Invoke Terminator Nightmare

Amazon, headed by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, has received its fair share of negative attention recently, and it’s no surprise: the company is a master at racking up tax subsidies and maximizing loopholes. It paid $0 in corporate income taxes for 2018, while reportedly maintaining abominable working conditions for many of its 613,000 employees in the United States.

The Myth of American Meritocracy

The most destructive and pervasive myth in America today is that we live in a meritocracy. Our elites, so the myth goes, earned their places at Yale and Harvard, on Wall Street and in Washington—not because of the accident of their birth, but because they are better, stronger, and smarter than the rest of us. Therefore, they think, they’ve “earned” their places in the halls of power and “deserve” to lead.

Remembering a Reluctant Irishman

My grandfather was a reluctant Irishman. Depending on your opinions of writers like James Joyce or F. Scott Fitzgerald, that puts him in good company. The Irish are known for many things: a deeply pious brand of Catholicism, an abiding love of alcohol, stubbornly curly/wavy hair, an even more stubborn (and melancholic) disposition, and adroit skills with spoken word, prose, and verse.

Two Cheers for Israel

The recent episode over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s allegedly anti-Semitic remarks has probably prompted a lot of people to reexamine their feelings towards Israel—even if they hope never to encounter the word “trope” again. In one respect, the affair substantiates something the late Harvard professor and neoconservative Nathan Glazer wrote long ago. Among Glazer’s many interests was immigration, its history, and its impact on national culture and policy.