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    I've always wanted to move to Vermont, but if I have to emmigrate, all the better.

    And:

    John McClaughry, the Vermonter who heads the free-market Ethan Allen Institute, detects “a virulent anti-American leftism” in the SVR

    Poor baby! The author comes to the rescue:

    McClaughry is a cussed original whose work I have long admired, but unless the defining characteristics of “anti-American leftism” are a loathing of Wal-Mart, the Iraq War, and Big Government and a fondness for organic farming, town meeting, and a Vermont First ethic, the SVR seems to me a wholesomely shaggy band of ur-Americans, not anti-Americans.

    And anyway, even virulent anti-American leftism is a thousand fold more patriotic than swearing allegiance to this clusterfuck of a federal government, the Most Anti-American Institution on Earth.


:: posted by buermann @ 2005-12-23 11:39:51 CST | link


    Comments:
      Where does the term "ur-American" come from? I've never heard of it before. According to that excerpt, then I'd say that America needs more ur-Americans.

      That McClaughry guy sounds like a "free market" type that I can do without.

    posted by freeman @ 2005-12-25 16:56:14 | link

      "ur" as a prefix means "original", not in the sense of unique so much as the sense of it being the ancient prototype; in the context I took it to be a reference to Greil Marcus' boulderization of a Kenneth Rexroth phrase ("old, free America") about an 'old, weird America' in which you can't sing about politics but you can sing about anything you like.

    posted by buermann @ 2005-12-28 07:15:47 | link




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