Friday, December 17, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: 'Bye Bye, Miss American Empire'

How do we escape from a corrupt, overbearing, and wasteful central bureaucracy, while repudiating the welfare-warfare state headquartered in the District of Columbia? By downsizing! In the 21st century, we are finally recognizing that small is indeed beautiful, and the gargantuan is the enemy of peace and freedom. Self-described anti-Imperialist author Bill Kauffman introduces the various secessionist organizations throughout the DC Empire. While he gives the League of the South a few undeserved pokes in the eye, he consistently argues that the overgrown USA needs whittling down:

Kauffman argues that the sheer size of the American Empire makes it do imperial things, like invading other countries willy nilly. Thanks to its overreaching, the American Empire is dying, says Kauffman, describing how those rising up to topple that empire are a surprising mix of conservatives, liberals, regionalists, and independents who — from movement to movement — may share few political beliefs but who have one thing in common: a sense that our nation has grown too large, and too powerfully centralized, to stay true to its founding principles.

The trend is accelerating. Know hope.

3 comments:

rex osborne said...

Mr. Kinchen annoyed me terribly in the very first paragraph of his review. He wrote, "-- the North Carolina mountains were Unionist territory.." Like hell, I say. Sure there were some traitors and just plain fools up here in the hills like a lot of other places, but by no means could the mountains be considered "Unionist territory."

Why don't some of these writers do a little research before they start pounding on their keyboards?

Mark Thomey said...

'He has called himself the love child of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Henry David Thoreau!'

Hmmm... a New York woman who started out as a radical socialist, became Catholic, but kept her socialist activism which led, in part, to the 'liberation theology' movement in 1960's Latin America.

Then there's Thoreau - the quintessential yankee abolitionist.

With a pedigree like that, there's no wonder he poked the League in the eye.

anti-socialist said...

"Thanks to its overreaching, the American Empire is dying, says Kauffman, describing how those rising up to topple that empire are a surprising mix of conservatives, liberals, regionalists, and independents who — from movement to movement — may share few political beliefs but who have one thing in common: a sense that our nation has grown too large, and too powerfully centralized, to stay true to its founding principles."

And there it is. It seems to be more obvious all the time that this is true. People are, and always will be different. So the sooner the States become soveriegn again the better. And I'm sure Carolinians will get their own history strait.

When this happens if my own State of Washinton continues in it's current progressive path I know some real good spots in northern Idaho that I'm sure the author would have a few comments about that I wouldn't hesitate to move to simply because I love the region and they already are much less intrusive but if the feds were neutered my guess is the State would become less intrusive also.

It's time free men breathed free air once again.