Articles from American Conservative

Would Chesterton Be a Bernie Bro?

With his win (in the popular vote, at least) in Iowa and last week’s victory in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders appears to have landed the much-coveted role of Trump’s arch-nemesis. It’s fitting. A showdown between the two has all the trappings of an archetypal confrontation with the Jungian shadow-self, though I’ll leave it to my readers to decide who is the hero and who the shadow.

West Point Prof Pens Blistering Takedown of U.S. Military Academies

What do you call a civilian law professor who, after successfully filing for federal whistleblower status to keep his job teaching at West Point Military Academy, proceeds to write a bombshell book about the systematic corruption, violence, fraud, and anti-intellectualism he says has been rampant at the historic institution for over a hundred years?

Well, if you are part of the military leadership or an alumnus of the storied military academy, you may call him a traitor.

Apple Gives You The Tools To Ghost Your Valentine—and Your Life

Apple just put out an ad that shows an iPad turning memories into perfect memories, which is to say memories without suffering. Are you leading a perfect life? Of course not—but you can do photo editing to remove the imperfections. In the brief ad, we see a woman erasing a man from her photos. Will Apple also erase her from his?

China’s Iron Fist is Turning the Coronavirus Into an Economic Disaster

China’s had a difficult year in 2019, balancing political unrest in Hong Kong and among oppressed Muslims with its trade dispute with the United States. All this has already caused the Chinese economy to slow considerably, with a spillover into the global economy that has still not been fully appreciated by investors and policymakers. 

Two Intellectual Giants Who Didn’t Kow-Tow to the Leftist Mob

Two intellectual giants left us very recently: they were the American, Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922-2019), and the Englishman, Sir Roger Vernon Scruton (1944-2020). I am considering them together for several reasons: firstly, because they shared many attitudes, not least recognition of the role of religion in shaping society; secondly, because they did not kow-tow to baying Mobs unaware of anything other than  Received Opinion; and thirdly because the so-called “lefties” loathed them.

Jordan Peterson Deserves Love, Not Spite, in Time of Darkness

I’m not quite sure what to make of Jordan Peterson—but then I’m not quite sure Dr. Peterson does either. Maybe that’s what makes his writings and his speeches so compelling. His best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life, probably falls in the self-help genre, but he’s no guru. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers to life’s problems—just a few helpful tips.