This week on theamericanconservative.com, Daniel McCarthy explained how a traditionalist might vote, Daniel Larison wondered where a Romney victory would leave conservatives, and Martin Sieff bemoaned America’s Trotskyite aspirations. Richard Reinsch compared Alger Hiss’s treason and Whittaker Chambers’s conversion, and Stephen Tippins explored James Bond’s enduring masculine mystique.
McCarthy reflected on the demise of Newsweek’s print edition and the evolving nature of the print medium. Philip Giraldi questioned presidential war powers and contemplated the revolutionary potential of drone warfare, and Dilip Hiro highlighted America and Pakistan’s dysfunctional nuclear relationship. Scott McConnell highlighted the efforts of Washington hawks to ease America into another war and found that the old pact between liberal establishment Protestantism and Zionism may be faltering.
Larison wanted Obama to recognize the folly of intervening in Libya and criticized Romney’s regurgitation of Bush-era talking points in Tuesday night’s debate. James Pinkerton, Scott Galupo, and Larison assessed the second presidential debate. Goldman critiqued the debates’ falling standards and found conservatives to be a uniquely adaptive species. Robert Murphy exploded Keynesian myths about the government deficit, and Leon Hadar reviewed Charles A. Kupchan’s No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn. Paul Gottfried criticized the lazy use of the term “class” in Charles Murray’s Coming Apart and Rod Dreher reflected on the thin line between art and pornography and his love for Paris.
Larison predicted that war with Iran is more likely under a Romney administration and felt that in general Romney’s foreign policy is likely to represent a return to the failed foreign policy of the Bush years. Kelley Vlahos highlighted the Department of Veterans Affairs’s neglect of veterans exposed to toxic open-air burn pits.
Michael Brendan Dougherty reflected on the Muslim demonstrations outside Google’s London HQ, and Alan Jacobs was distinctly unimpressed with the TED phenomenon and imagined a world free of newspapers. Finally, Noah Millman reflected on the literary and artistic potential of zombies.