Articles from American Conservative

We Should Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War by Leaving

Barely five years after World War II ended, the Korean War began. On June 25, 1950, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched a full-scale invasion of the South, drawing in both the U.S. and China. The conflict ended essentially where it started, with an armistice. American troops still remain on station against the now nuclear North.

Bolton’s Book is an Instruction Manual for How Not to Do Foreign Policy

Anyone who has followed the long career of Donald Trump’s ex-national security advisor John Bolton knows of his hostility toward multinational agreements and hard line toward so-called rogue states. His solution to difficult countries like Iran and North Korea is always regime change: through sanctions if possible and military action if necessary.

Here Come the Bourgeoisie Bolsheviks

Depicting revolutionary France, Dickens wrote, “Six tumbrils roll along the streets. Change these back again to what they were, thou powerful enchanter, Time, and they shall be seen to be the carriages of absolute monarchs, the equipages of feudal nobles, the toilettes of flaring Jezebels, the churches that are not my father’s house but dens of thieves, the huts of millions of starving peasants!”

Gaslighting Nobody, The Blob Struggles for Primacy

Ten years ago, “restraint” was considered code for “isolationism” and its purveyors were treated with nominal attention and barely disguised condescension. Today, agitated national security elites who can no longer ignore the restrainers—and the positive attention they’re getting—are trying to cut them down to size. 

If John Roberts Isn’t a Conservative, What is He, Exactly?

We are told that ours is a government of laws and not of men. But is it? Those rote words of assurance are called into question by the sad saga of President Obama’s executive initiatives for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and by President Trump’s ill-fated effort to reverse those actions through his own executive authority. The outcome should be alarming to anyone who cares about constitutional government as pieced together by the American Founders. 

Michael Pack Is Right To Rein In State-Funded Broadcasters

There are four branches of government in the United States. In addition to the three you learned about in civics class, there is a vast civil service that is theoretically answerable to the executive but in practice is certainly not. During the Trump era, the independence of this fourth branch of government has been buttressed by the media’s willingness to portray any attempt to subject it to control by elected officials as a “purge,” and in an Orwellian inversion of reality, antithetical to democracy.