Articles from American Conservative

What the Machiavellians Can Teach Us About the National Interest

When President Trump pulled 1,000 American troops from Syria last October, the response by the Democrats, many mainstream Republican politicians, a good portion of the general public, and a number of European governments approximated what President Roosevelt could have expected had he taken the United States out of the Allied coalition against the Axis in 1943.

Out of the Chaos, Let a Thousand Conspiracies Bloom

When facts are few, opinion looms large—and sometimes, conspiracy-theorizing looms larger. And the weedy results from the Iowa Democratic presidential caucus seem destined to be one of those moments when conspiracy theories grow as high as an elephant’s eye. 

As of this writing, late in the day on February 4—nearly a full 24 hours after the caucuses—it appears that Pete Buttigieg is slightly ahead in delegates, while Bernie Sanders leads, barely, in the popular vote. 

The Other Presidential Primary

It’s the forgotten primary, and perhaps understandably so. While Democrats bludgeon each other, Bill Weld is pushing a giant boulder up a mountain in the Granite State as he tries to win the Republican presidential nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor has practically lived in New Hampshire for much of the past year. The state is part of the Boston media market, with plenty of voters who remember him from more than two decades ago, when he became a bona fide conservative success story in a state not known for them.

TAC Bookshelf: The 20th Century’s Best Autodidact

Scott Beauchamp, TAC contributor: The strength of the autodidact is the same as any outsider, only amplified by passion: critical perspective. What the self-educated man lacks in polish, convention, and even occasionally coherence, he can more than make up for with a sort of vibrant particularity. Surely in 20th-century American letters, there was no autodidact as vibrant, unique, or essential as Kenneth Rexroth.

Want to Experience Local Culture? Get Out of the Hotel Clones

When you walk out of your hotel room and see a brazier of delicious-smelling frankincense burning in the corridor—the Dar Es Salam in Djibouti City—or immediately find eyes like hot coals gazing at you through a slit in a niqab face veil—the Oriental in Hargeisa, Somaliland—you know you are in the right place.

Even with all the marvels of modern transportation at our beck and call, most of us don’t usually go anywhere different. Even if you fly halfway around the world, it’s too easy to find yourself at the same place as where you began.

Our Individualistic West

Almost a decade ago, I attended a counterterrorism conference paneled by several academic experts on Islamic terrorism. During the host’s introductory remarks, he made what he thought was an uncontroversial comment: that those raised in predominantly Muslim, non-Western cultures think differently and see the world differently than those in the West. “Excuse me!” one of the experts interrupted, obviously offended.