Magazine August 24, 2015, Issue

What Can-Do Conservatism Can’t Do

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, by Arthur C. Brooks (Broadside, 256 pp., $27.99)

The founding of this magazine, 60 years ago, marked the emergence of a distinctly American conservatism. William Buckley and National Review posed two questions, fundamental and connected, that conservatives have grappled with ever since. The first is about conservatism’s ends, its mission. What, exactly, are conservatives dedicated to conserving, and why do the things they wish to conserve warrant and require it? The second is about means. In our republic, how can conservatives induce citizens to wield their sovereign power so that self-government sustains rather than threatens the inheritance conservatism defends?

Among the challenges that arise from these questions, two are

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Calculating Cruz

When Donald Trump’s presidential bid started attracting serious attention, it was perhaps unsurprising that Ted Cruz was the only other Republican candidate to offer kind words about his new rival. ...
Politics & Policy

Born in the U.S.A.

One of the most important questions America will face over the coming decades is how to successfully integrate the children of immigrants. As of 2013, there were 17.4 million children ...
Politics & Policy

My Tomboy Heaven

The transgender trend has reached down to children. I wonder what people would have thought of my gender identity as a child. My experience says, yes, gender identity is complicated, ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Origin Stories

Mystique and Aura still perform their occasional magic for the New York Yankees but are slowing down. “Those are dancers in a nightclub,” Curt Schilling scoffed, before taking the ball ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Sanders: Not a Nazi, Just a National Socialist In “Adventures in National Socialism” (July 6), Kevin D. Williamson conflates Senator Bernie Sanders’s “democratic socialism” with National Socialism, the system of Adolf ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Planned Parenthood is clearly worried that this story has legs ($22/lb.). ‐ Telling a pollster you support Donald Trump, for some large percentage of those who do, is a way ...
Athwart

Cecil-Justice Warriors

The Aussie voice on the other end of the phone explained that it was calling from a Melbourne talk-radio station, and could I say a few words about Cecil the ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

VASE OF ROSES The sunrise burned so bright behind and within the mists of daybreak as to overspill a radiance across the long curve of horizon, broken by the dark line of trees above the ...
Happy Warrior

Socialism for Dummies

When I first heard that Debbie Wasserman Schultz couldn’t explain to Chris Matthews the difference between what Democrats believe and what socialists believe, I chalked it up to her incompetence. ...

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