Confederacy Theory

For those of you who want to know more about the debate over flying the Confederate flag, you might find this interesting … it focuses on the debate over flying the flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina.


(My goodness, but David Duke sounds just like a Virginia Flagger.)


2 thoughts on “Confederacy Theory

  1. Jeffry Burden January 9, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Once again, we see lots of people who believe in their bones that “Southerner” = “White Southerner.” At least it’s nice to see John Coskie of the Museum of the Confederacy provide some quiet common sense here.

  2. Tom Heaney January 10, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Regarding the blogger’s apparent argument that white (Southern) culture/race/people are inherently superior and stronger and yet under threat of imminent destruction — this sounds like a perfect example of what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style of politics.” He argued that groups who engage in “paranoid politics” are convinced that despite the great superiority and strength of their country/politics/ideology they are always under threat of instant annihilation. Usually this perspective sees these threats as covert conspiracies in which small changes from within are declared to be dire dangers (e.g. America is the greatest and strongest nation ever, but our entire system is about to be overthrown overnight by communist/Irish/Jewish/muslim/[insert feared group here] agents among us.)

    Her line of argument also allows the writer to be the superior one, the one fighting on the side of good against evil (because everything is either good or evil), while echoing the Lost Cause — she’s engaged in a noble defense of goodness and threatened with defeat, not by a “superior” ideology or race, but by sheer numbers.

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