Bill Kauffman on Anti-War Conservatism

According to Bill Kauffman, 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 unusual about anti-war activists on the political right. Kauffman pays tribute to these conservatives in Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism.

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