_The American Conservative_ is, hands down, the most insightful publication in the right-of-center political-publishing world, if not in all of political publishing. This is, perhaps, because ultimately it's not primarily a magazine about politics, but a magazine about ideas. _TAC_ offers commentary, especially on its fantastic Website, on real-time issues, but its monthly publication is far more thoughtful, concerned less with ideology and instant gratification, and more with opening the minds of its readers. Any conservative magazine willing to take on Thatcher mythology _and_ to extol the traditionalist virtues of Prince Charles in the selfsame Anglo-oriented edition -- the same issue wherein Bill Kauffman reminds us that no high-school-basketball taunt is as effective as "We Celebrate Christmas!" -- is worth the time, and subscription money, of any conservative, moderate, liberal, or radical interested in gaining new perspective, plunging intellectual depths not often explored in magazines, and being reminded of what right-wing strains actually constitute conservatism -- and which don't.