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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Scott Horton interviews Bill Kauffman


515tr58vnl_sl500_aa240__2 Antiwar Radio's Scott Horton interviews Jeffersonian Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism.

Kauffman is the best example of what libertarians have in common with the left and the right. A former editor of Reason Magazine, Kauffman writes of himself: [pdf link]

"My wanderings had taken me from the populist flank of liberalism to the agrarian wing of Don’t Tread on Me libertarianism to the peace-and-love left wing of paleoconservatism, which is to say that I had been always on the outside—an outsider even among outsiders—attracted to the spirit of these movements but never really comfortable within them, never willing even to call myself by their names. When asked, I was simply an Independent. A Jeffersonian. An anarchist. A (cheerful!) enemy of the state, a reactionary Friend of the Library, a peace-loving football fan. And here, as Gerry and the Pacemakers once sang, is where I’ll stay."

In an article about Kauffman's recent appearance at the Cato Institute at the American Spectator website, Robert Stacy McCain captures Kauffman:

"Kauffman is a devoted fan of "Little America," which resides in places like his beloved hometown of Batavia, New York -- the kind of people Sen. Barack Obama famously described as bitterly clinging to God and guns. "We don't start the wars," Kauffman says of small-town Americans. "That's the job of the big city-winners who don't need religion or guns -- they have Blackberries. But we and our children fight and die in them, disproportionately."

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Since when was Jefferson anti-war?
The attack on the Barbary pirates was a pre-emptive strike.
And why should we celebrate a world-view which would have prevented American from entering the Second World War?

Posted by: Craig | 2008-05-22 6:16:28 PM

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