The Confederates are not our models!
A long-time reader sent me a comment ending with the point that what I say about counterrevolution is true today, but was also true as far back as 1861.
I wrote back to him:
As you should know, I’m not going to post a comment supporting the Southern secessionists, whose grounds for secession were: the lawful election to the presidency of a man they didn’t like, and the lawful act of the United States in maintaining control of a federal fort.UPDATE, July 3:
A couple of readers have disagreed with my criticisms of the Southern Secession. This subject has been debated exhaustively at VFR in the past and there is no need to revisit it. Those who are interested can read those past discussions (linked below), in which I demonstrate conclusively the ridiculous falsity of various pro-secessionist arguments, such as that the reason for the secession was not the slavery issue but the tariff, or that the secessionists were behaving no differently than the American patriots of 1776. A cause which relies on such absurd and transparent falsehoods, including the myth of total Southern innocence and total Northern wickedness, is not worthy of intellectual respect. But the sad fact is that anyone who supports the secessionist side automatically ends up subscribing to and defending at all costs those falsehoods, a commitment that consigns the paleocon and neo-confederate right to perpetual idiocy, not to mention resentful victimology. Which is why I believe that any possible future move by conservatives to secede from Leftist America should not appeal to, or identify itself in any way with, the bad and doomed cause of the Confederacy.
My remarks should not be taken as hostility to the Old South. As I have said many times, the destruction of the unique civilization of the American South was a terrible tragedy. But the fact is that it was the Southerners who, through their fanatical wrongheadedness, brought that tragedy on themselves.
A year and a half ago I read Gone with the Wind for the first time, and I can’t resist pointing out that the novel’s two main male characters, the Southern gentleman and patriot Ashley Wilkes, and the scapegrace Rhett Butler, had the same view that I’ve just stated, that the war was a senseless tragedy that the South inflicted on itself.
David B. writes:
As a Tennessean whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy, I agree with Ashley Wilkes and Rhett Butler “that the war was a senseless tragedy that the South inflicted on itself.” Furthermore, I see the Southern slaveowners as similar to today’s big business cheap labor lobby.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 02, 2012 07:10 PM | Send