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Vermont’s Republican Radical

John McClaughry brings an “ornery” yet humane spirit to American politics.

February 14, 2014

What Rural America Is For

Farmers aren’t cannon-fodder—or dangerous gun nuts, either.

November 27, 2013

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

Neighborliness usually trumps hysteria—it’s the placeless who fall for conspiracies.

October 11, 2013

How Not to Watch ‘Copperhead’

Sidney Blumenthal misunderstands a film about peace, community, and the limits of dissent—not the Union or Confederate causes.

July 24, 2013

A League of My Home

Baseball at its best is about place, not players.

June 28, 2013

For President Buchanan

The screenwriter of the new Civil War movie “Copperhead” on historical fiction and one of America’s least loved leaders.

May 31, 2013

Look Homeward, Devil

The tenth anniversary of a little book about the America overshadowed by war: Dispatches From the Muckdog Gazette.

March 15, 2013

The Utica Club

Pledging allegiance to Little America

February 15, 2013

I Clean My Gun and Dream of Galveston

A dispatch from Glen Campbell’s valedictory tour

December 4, 2012

Who Needs a President?

The Founders’ greatest error

November 5, 2012

Party Animus

Why your vote doesn’t matter

October 9, 2012

My Pen Pal Gore Vidal

A life in letters

September 14, 2012

Just Deseret

How I learned to love LDS

August 8, 2012

Rocky’s Drug War

The continuing toll of Nelson Rockefeller’s prison-industrial complex

July 6, 2012

Ballot of a Thin Man

The Paul campaign calls to mind the rebellious ethos of 1980s punks.

June 1, 2012

How I Met Eldridge Cleaver

Bill Kauffman reflects on a quarter-century of notable interlocutors

May 8, 2012

Peckinpah Country

I’m on one of my periodic Sam Peckinpah benders. (“You call that …

March 29, 2012

Planet of the Japes

This article appears in the February 2012 issue of The American Conservative.

February 1, 2012

Iowa Votes for Peace

Our daughter will be spending the snowy months rehearsing her role as …

December 29, 2011