Scott Horton Interviews Bill Kauffman
Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism, discusses the different categories of anti-war and anti-empire individuals, the uselessness of the label “conservative,” how Bush’s false promises of a humble foreign policy helped expose him as a prep-school cheerleader rather than the cowboy he claims to be, John McCain’s lack of character, the history of our empire, how the war party has betrayed the legacy of George Washington, the founders’ anti-militarism, the theft of Hawaii, how one intervention usually leads to others, how ex-commies hijacked the conservative movement in the 1950’s, Pat Buchanan’s journey to the peace camp and the smearing of the America First Committee by the Roosevelt camp.
MP3 here. (41:06)
Bill Kauffman is a Jeffersonian, an anarchist, a cheerful enemy of the state, a reactionary Friend of the Library, and a peace-loving football fan. His Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle American Anti-Imperialism has just been released by Holt/Metropolitan.