Thursday, December 18, 2008

Raimondo's Reclaiming

Justin Raimondo's 1993 Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement has earned a place on my bookshelf next to Russell Kirk's 1953 The Conservative Mind. Indeed, the former takes up where the latter leaves off, minus the Kirkian Anglophilia. Instead, the reader is treated to healthy American Anglophobia, being that the Limeys dragged us Yanks into two world wars that the Old Right rightly opposed.

Comments left on this blog have questioned the very idea of "[f]aggots and Libertarians 'Reclaiming the American Right.'" In a critical essay that appears in the 2008 reissue, Scott P. Richert, who has been known to comment on this blog, "address[es] a few omissions and interpretations that make Reclaiming the American Right somewhat less than completely satisfying from a traditionalist conservative standpoint." (I find myself somewhere between Messrs. Raimondo and Richert on the Paleoconservative / Paleolibertarian spectrum.)

Mr. Raimondo's book has much in common with Bill Kauffman's 2008 Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Anti-War Conservatism, and next on my reading list is Mr. Kauffman's 1995 America First!: Its History, Culture, and Politics.

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