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