Dixie miscellany

Mark Lause lause at SPAMworldnet.att.net
Fri Mar 16 13:50:29 MST 2001


Louis, a lot of us thought in the 60s that describing the Genovese as "Marxists"
was questionable.  Their radicalism was always of the rather convoluted and
self-confusing type--defining things in terms of subcultural context while
ignoring the big picture.  Do you recall the great praise that greated one of
their works on the plantation South with the subtitle "the World the Slaves
Made"?  I think that says it all: a radicalism of no perspectives.

Best,
Mark.

Louis Proyect wrote:

> >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.
>
> ===
>
> [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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