Author Archives: Bill Kauffman

Populism Needs Place-ism

When unmoored, populism begets a twister of nationalistic nothingness

Business Class

In praise of the middle-class man of commerce and letters.

The Meaning of ‘America First’

Trump draws on a century-old slogan, albeit imperfectly.

Party Like It’s 1896

Today’s GOP defectors don’t measure up to the principled third-party candidates of yore.

By the Time I Got to Phoenix

The persuasive power of hospitality, family, and ice cream

Why They Love Trump

Like William Randolph Hearst before him, the celebrity’s anti-elitist bluster speaks to genuine resentment.

Bob Dylan, Christian Anarchist

If there’s anything the U.S. needs right now, it’s some old-fashioned rulebreakers.

Bernie Sanders—Yes or No?

Vermonters weigh in on the radical old man of the 2016 race.

Essays Against the Man

A Muckdog reporter looks back on 30 years of journalism

What Drove Booth Tarkington?

How a 20th-century gentleman from Indiana fought giantism

James Webb, War Novelist

The former senator’s literary work displays his noninterventionist past and appealing populism.

America’s Home-Made Art

The essential work of reclaiming local artisanship

The Zephyr Before the Storm

How one underdog candidate heralds a coming political hurricane

Love Is the Answer to Empire

Reclaiming citizenship means rescuing the color and vitality of home from the march of imperial gray.

Grover Cleveland’s Better Half

Frankie Cleveland was known for wearing low-cut gowns and selling liver pills.

Still America First

Quaker Oats heir Bob Stuart fought to keep America at peace—then he went to war.

John Milius: A Real Wolverine

The 70-year-old filmmaker is an authentic rebel and a true son of liberty.

The Hyperlocal Beat

The Batavian is both crux of local culture, and beacon to small-town America newspapers.

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