Dixie miscellany

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Fri Mar 16 12:54:13 MST 2001


>From an interview with the Genoveses at:
http://www.theamericanenterprise.com/taeso96o.htm. Eugene and Elizabeth
Fox-Genovese were well-known Marxists in the 1960s who evolved into
rightwing apologists for the confederacy in the 1990s.

TAE: Why the anti-Southern hysteria today?

MRS. FOX-GENOVESE: There's a painful irony or genuine bad faith there: some
people's history is worthy of respect and other people's isn't. It's one
thing to say that slavery is an abomination; it's another to decide on how
to treat the South in the wake of the War. In my judgment, segregation was
much less excusable than slavery. Slavery had been the way of the world,
and it was recognized as wrong at a historical moment. But segregation was
artificial from start to finish.

MR. GENOVESE: You could appeal to the Bible to support slavery. The attempt
to appeal to the Bible to support segregation was contemptible. And there
is an interesting wrinkle to this. What made segregation possible, after
the War, was the extent to which scientific racism became the vogue. After
the War, scientific racism sweeps the South. It had swept the North before
the War: Harvard was teaching that stuff, but no Southern college would
touch it because it was unscriptural.

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[This is from the http://www.homerule-for-dixie.com/ website. It is
remarkable for its appropriation of Scottish nationalist themes, which
might make one think twice about uncritical endorsement of certain themes
expressed by the Scottish Socialist Party.]

Welcome to "Home Rule For Dixie!"

For most of the past decade, I have been actively involved in a movement
advocating self-determination for the people of Dixie -- a movement that
has attracted some of the brightest, most committed patriots in America today.

Inspired by the Scottish National party, modeled after the Lega Nord
movement in northern Italy, the Southern movement began with high
aspirations. To its credit, it has contributed mightily to an emerging
interest in devolution within the United States.  On the other hand, the
Southern movement has succeeded in attracting only a few thousand
supporters -- a far cry from the Scottish National Party and Lega Nord,
both of which have succeeded in building broad coalitions numbering in the
hundreds of thousands.

After studying this issue closely, it has occurred to me that some vital
ingredient is lacking within the current approach, and that is why I have
established this page with the theme: "Home Rule for Dixie." The purpose of
this page is to chart a strategy for reaching Southerners who, for whatever
reason, have not been reached by the current approach.

Times, people, even entire cultures are subject to change. For better or
worse, the Dixie of the twenty-first century is vastly different from the
one our brave forefathers defended almost a century and a half ago. If we
are nationalists worth our salt, we must come to terms with this reality.

Home Rule in Dixie will function as a "political movement of one." It will
serve as a personal forum through which I will outline many of my strongly
held views on Southern nationalism -- views based on almost a decade of
experience.

The site is based on two premises: one, that the current Southern movement
is in desperate need of a makeover, and, two, that for it to succeed, it
must appeal to a wider cross section of the region's population.

In one sense, this page amounts to a call for a revised, updated
nationalism for Dixie but one that is constructed from the bricks carefully
laid by earlier generations of Southerners.

This page is a work in progress, so please be patient. I'm not a full-time
political agitator -- only a middle-aged political amateur with marital and
parental responsibilities and a day job who is working as quickly as he can
to make this page a relevant resource for people who love Dixie and yearn
for it to be free.

Sincerely,

Jim Langcuster, Creator and Editor, "Home Rule For Dixie"


Louis Proyect
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