Dept. of Famous Last Words

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 11:09 am by George Smith

Thousands of readers will probably remind the New York Times today that, in spite of this article of mostly wishful thinking, South Carolina has not yet taken down its flag. And that when the local dead-enders were given an out by an African-American woman who climbed up and took it down for them, they declined to take it, arresting her and immediately re-installing a fresh new flag.

The tribe of the old South (which ain’t just confined to the old South) is powerful in its ability to paper over the deepest problems, maintaining the status quo with only the most minor cosmetic changes.

Eliminating our hate flag, if it happens, won’t change a widespread national social and economic system of stealing labor, human rights abuse, marginalization, the maintenance of a labor force kept in poverty, suppression and imprisonment.

And pointing to Dixie’s right-to-work environment and payment of tax abatement bribes to businesses like Google aren’t signs of progress.

“Lured by the South’s call of cheap land and labor and limited regulations, businesses have flocked here from around the world,” reads the Times, hailing rapid change and an allegedly less predatory South. “Small businesses that have exploded into major corporations, most notably Walmart are now throwing their weight around …”

Boy howdy!

Recall, from this blog, the long commemoration of all things Civil War in the national media just a couple months ago, summarized in “Why No Burning of Atlanta Re-enactment?”

Germany was de-Nazified and rebuilt. And Army General Douglas MacArthur reconstructed Japan, removing its worship of [warlords] and instituting land reform to break up a system dependent on rich owners served by tenant farmers. Emperor Hirohito was not tried as a war criminal. But he was made a figurehead, his status as a deity expunged.

The thought experiment is an obvious one: Construct an alternate history in which the states of the Confederacy went through a similar process. Not one in which an entire mythology built on the imaginary nobility of a lost cause took root, slavery was repackaged through re-branding and immoral legal installations with the cooperation of southern money and industry in the need to maintain a labor force in poverty, of no social status, presumed inferiority and living in fear with no recourse.

The Tennesseean grapples with the economic character and heritage of Dixie, and is not entirely successful.

“[What] constitutes preservation versus celebration is murky,” it reads.

It is followed by a clickbait listicle: 5 Things to Know About Nathan Bedford Forrest.

1 Comment

  1. anon said,

    June 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I would watch the $^!++!!! out of a “burning of Atlanta” re-enactment, every fricken year, like the Charlie Brown and Rankin-Bass Christmas specials. Make it a pay-per-view, and have the proceeds go to a number of charities. Sell “Sherman was right” t-shirts!

    Want to have more fun? Extend the thought experiment of a properly reconstructed, post-Civil War South into the beginning of the 20th century. Does no KKK lead to no Prohibition, no organized crime, and, very sadly, no Godfather movies?