Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
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Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism

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From "the finest literary stylist of the American right," a surprising and spirited account of how true conservatives have always been antiwar and anti-empire (Allan Carlson, author of The American Way)

Conservatives love war, empire, and the military-industrial complex. They abhor peace, the sole and rightful property of liberals. Right? Wrong.

As Bill Kauffman makes clear,...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Metropolitan Books
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A conservative that doesn't love war? That's crazy talk. Which is why I loved this book. Much as Milton Friedman laments the theft of the term liberal, Bill Kaufman laments the destruction of true conservative values by Neocons. Apparently the term liberal used to mean that liberals were all about taking other peoples money away, rather than taking it away from the rich to gi...more
The American Conservative
'Bill Kauffman writes prose—history, novels, journalism—but he is a poet and a prophet. His task in Ain’t My America is to remind us of who we are: a Republic, not an empire, a nation of families and towns, not barracks and bases. Kauffman writes to restore conservatives to their senses. No more war, please. Remember your ancestors. Remember Jefferson and John Quincy Adams, Russell Kirk and Robert Nisbet. What has passed for the Right since the Cold War isn’t right in any sense, and Kauffman set...more
Kevin Summers
Bill Kauffman is one of my favorite political writers and I have read two of his other books. Ain't My America is written in Kauffman's typically iconoclastic style (and it doesn't have as many swear words as Bye Bye, Miss American Empire). LOL.

Sample quote: "Since the nation is always and forever the enemy of the local, the traditional, and the small, the conservative, if she wishes to 'conserve' anything beyond Irving Berlin songs and Betty Grable DVDs, must 'feel' not nationally but locally,...more
Good book on classical anti-war politicking. What is important about the book, I think, is that the anti-war position has not just been the cause of hippy peace-niks historically, but rather is tied to an established pedigree in America with a long tradition.

Since Washington's farewell address the anti-war isolationist stance was in fact the most respectable opinion in America. That changed with World War I and then more so with World War II. Still, the argument from tradition is an effective a...more
Benjamin Glaser
This book is really well written, not many 238-page books can I sit down and read in 6 hours time.

The context of the book is also really well done. This work crystallizes a lot of my own thoughts and helped me to realize that what I consider to be wise U.S. foreign policy has a long pedigree going back to some of the founders themselves. One of the highlights of the book to me was the author's chapter length discussion on why militarism and a neo-con foreign policy is anti-family and anti-conse...more
In which Bill Kauffman exalts a parade of New Leftists, John Birchers, white supremacists, mainstream mavericks, and assorted oddballs for their anti-war & anti-imperialist political activities. The end result is enlightening and entertaining from start to finish, but I'm docking one star because Kauffman describes beautiful San Diego, California as -- get this -- a "soulless hellhole".
Great book. I was always skeptical if the warmongering Bush. But I've always thought that republicans support war and increased military spending all the time. From reading this book, i've realized that there was a time when republicans weren't crazy and did not support stupid unecessay wars.
Expertly shows why the two party system leaves many valid points of view out of the national conversation in America. Kauffman shows that conservatives have not always been fundamentalist evangelical war hawks, and that social liberalism can be reconciled with economic conservatism.
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I gave up after a chapter. This author is so impressed with his vocabulary it makes the book unreadable for those of us with only a masters degree.
A great discussion of how Americans used to know, and some still do, that war does not conserve, it destroys.
Empire is seductive. If it weren't, this is what American conservatism would look like.
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