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Summary í Look Homeward America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals 109 ó In Look Homeward America Bill Kauffman introduces us to the reactionary radicals front porch anarchists and traditionalist rebels who give American culture and politics its pith vim and life Blending history memoir digressive literariness Anging from Millard Fill to Easy Rider from Robert Frost to Mother Jones Kauffman limns an alternative America that draws its breath from local cultures traditional liberties small scale institutions and neighborliness There is an America left that is worth saving these are its paragons its poets its pantheon. In Look Homeward America Kauffman means to show us “the better America the real America” that has existed and still exists under the surface of “the televised America”This “real” America is full of “holy fools and backyard radicals” “third parties uixotic crusades border bandits charlatans and raggedy ass preachers on the political fringe” “Jewish Confederates Latin Mass Catholics Ed Abbeyesue tree hugging beer can throwers radical businessmen who admired Jerry Brown and gay uakers who campaigned for Pat Buchanan”The “real” America is “provincial parochial isolationist” and he means all that in a good way agrarian regional cooperative and rooted — “Jeffersonian” It has been fighting a losing battle with the rootless pioneer the cosmopolitan urbanite the space age corporate technophile and the centralizing imperialist nanny stater

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In Look Homeward America Bill Kauffman introduces us to the reactionary radicals front porch anarchists and traditionalist rebels who give American culture and politics its pith vim and life Blending history memoir digressive literariness and polemic Kauffman provides fresh portaiture of such American origina. A tremendous book is changing my life and inspiring me to move homeward after school Kauffman defies Left and Right in favor of a loyalty to Place A former Washington insider he rejected that life to move back to his hometown of Batavia NY and has spent the past years honoring the legacies of reactionary radicals and front porch anarchists the pacifists localists mini insurrectionists and the like who have loyalty to their hometowns than any abstraction that someone from afar is telling them to twist and turn and kill for In this work he honors Eugene McCarthy the poet Senator who took down a president Dorothy Day the saint who started her own revolution through opening Houses of Hospitality at the neighborhood level Wendell Berry who insisted on loyalty to home over town town over state Kentucky state over country and yet not country over world and Carolyn Chute who is now my favorite militia head Kauffman calls on us to notice where the lack of roots are rotting us such as in this great uote pulling from Wendell Berry the architects of Empire fit the description of upwardly mobile transients who wage war on places 'they must have no local allegiances; they must not have a local point of view In order to be able to desecrate endanger or destroy a place after all one must be able to leave it and forget it One must never think of any place as ones home; one must never think of any place as someone else's home One must believe that no place is valuable as what it might be changed into or as what might be taken out of it Unlike a life at home which makes ever particular and precious the places and creatures of the world the careerist's life generalizes the world reducing it's abundant and comely diversity to 'raw material' I never thought I'd like a book by someone who has worked for Reason Magazine and called himself a paleo conservative but Bill Kauffman delighted me Onward to the Front Porch

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Look Homeward America In Search of Reactionary RadicalsLs as Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day regionalist painter Grant Wood farmer writer Wendell Berry publisher Henry Regnery maverick US senators Eugene McCarthy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and other Americans who can’t or shouldn’t be filed away in the usual boxes labeled liberal” and conservative” R. Bill Kauffman at his elouent and peppered with fancy words yet delightfully crotchety best Similar to Ain't My America but with a broader focus than antiwar activism Look Homeward America honors various historical figures known and unknown who stood against excessive bigness Included are people like the artist Grant Wood Senator Eugene McCarthy President Millard Fill labor activist Mother Jones author Carolyn Chute and many Bound together by Kauffman's anarchic localist leanings as his writings tend to do this telling gives you a different angle on history I appreciate his wonderful contrarian views even when I disagree Worth a read for anybody interested in American history decentralism or antiwar movements