Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism, By Bill Kauffman

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

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

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, true conservatives have always resisted the imperial and military impulse: it drains the treasury, curtails domestic liberties, breaks down families, and vulgarizes culture. From the Federalists who opposed the War of 1812, to the striving of Robert Taft (known as “Mr. Republican”) to keep the United States out of Korea, to the latter-day libertarian critics of the Iraq war, there has historically been nothing freakish, cowardly, or even unusual about antiwar activists on the political right. And while these critics of U.S. military crusades have been vilified by the party of George W. Bush, their conservative vision of a peaceful, decentralized, and noninterventionist America gives us a glimpse of the country we could have had — and might yet attain.

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