It also has the drawback that you'd have to effectively abandon large minority populations to even more unequal lives. I mean, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee without federal rights protections? It's already a clusterfuck in LA and TN at least.
I urge you to read [Colin Woodward’s] whole review, but as a native southerner who has applied just about every term of abuse in the book to elements of Southern religion, politics, economic practices, and culture, I continue to challenge the fundamental premise whereby all the baleful things associated with the South are inherent to the region’s very nature and are spreading virally elsewhere. To make a very long story short, I believe you can’t understand the South without understanding a history whereby the region and its people (obviously the African-Americans but also poor white folk) were serially victimized by historical developments and predatory elites that were both internal and external. To put it another way and in a very current context, I may well believe that Scott Walker wants to model Wisconsin’s public policies and economy on South Carolina’s, but that’s mainly because Scott Walker (and many other conservative politicians from far beyond Dixie) serve ideological and economic masters, and live in a moral universe, that may be prevalent in the South (though not without massive and continue resistance from many southerners) that is no more native to the South than Hollywood culture is native to southern California. Getting rid of the South, if that were somehow possible, will no more kill off right-wing politics and culture in other parts of the country than letting California drift off into the Pacific would destroy the worship of celebrities. I’d counsel a little more sympathy for the South from northern progressives; after all, you may fear living in a replica of South Carolina, but the residents of that state have to live there now.
Besides, there’s food and music to consider.
"Better Off Without ’Em is a deliberately provocative book whose insight, humor, fierce and fearless politics, and sheer nerve will spark a national debate that is perhaps long overdue."
"When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood! Let their last feeble and lingering glance rather behold the glorious ensign of the republic, now known and honored throughout the earth, still full high advanced, its arms and trophies streaming in the original lustre, not a stripe erased or polluted, nor a single star obscured, bearing for its motto, no such miserable interrogatory as 'What is all this worth?' nor those words of delusion and folly, 'Liberty first and Union afterward,'; but everywhere, spread over all the characters of living light, blazing on all its ample folds, as they float over the sea and over the land, and in every wind under the whole heavens, that other sentiment, dear to every true American heart—Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!"
Now, the South—I say this as a Southerner myself—ought to be fertile territory for any writer with even a modest talent for exposing inanities. From "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876) to the Englishman Nick Middleton's "Ice Tea and Elvis" (1999), the American South has provided writers of satire with a ready source of targets: genteel hypocrites, proud ignoramuses, religious fraudsters. But unlike others from outside the South who have written about it—think of Jonathan Raban's marvelous "Old Glory" (1981) or V.S. Naipaul's "A Turn in the South" (1989)—Mr. Thompson didn't set out on his travels to discover things he didn't know before. He went to see the ridiculous and dreadful things he knew would be there, which is a different approach altogether.
Cleveland: Thanks for including my Civil Rights boardgame in the game night rotation guys.
Lois: Oh, we're always happy to play "Two Decades of Dignity." It makes us all feel a little less guilty.
(Peter rolls dice and moves his gamepiece.)
Peter (reading off a gamecard): For whistling at a white woman, go directly to jail. Aww, man doesn't anyone ever win at this game?
Cleveland: You don't win. You just do a little better each time.
Quite correct. Black folks are going to catch hell if this were to ever happen. I don't think they'd want to re-institute slavery (outside of the drug war/prison version) but Jim Crow would definitely be resurrected.
I think that's a raw deal, and please tell me it's incorrect.
it was also about federal power encroaching on an entrenched economic elite who depended on that labor system for their wealth
USA sides with the Kaiser.
CSA sides with London.
federal power enacted and enforced laws that encroached on Southern slaveowners by outlawing slavery
They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the "storm came and the wind blew."
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
Proctor: All right, here's your last question. What was the cause of
the Civil War?
Apu: Actually, there were numerous causes. Aside from the obvious
schism between the abolitionists and the anti-abolitionists,
there were economic factors, both domestic and inter--
Proctor: Wait, wait... just say slavery.
Apu: Slavery it is, sir.
That quote from Apu is so bad it isn't even wrong.
The Civil War was in many ways about the ideological battle still being waged today between Main Street and WalMart - of family businesses versus centrally organized large fiefdoms ownded by someone or a family that functions as an aristocracy.
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