Good-bye, Dixie

I quote with mildly-surprised approval American Vision, on the issue of the Confederate battle flag:

As a radically conservative defender of liberty and states’ rights, I say that there is no good biblical, historical, or strategic reason to defend a state’s flying of the Confederate battle flag today. It is rather a sign of utter hypocrisy, sentimentalism, and misguided zeal. Every Christian of every stripe ought to be calling for the removal of that profound distraction in SC—and every other state-sponsored location—in the name of Christian integrity and the advance of true Christian values and culture.

I shouldn’t be surprised: American Vision is strongly influenced by Gary North (as am I), and Dr. North never saw the Confederacy as anything else than Yet Another Centralizing State, dedicated to defending the multi-generational slavery of other men.

The war began over one issue above all others: slavery. That was not why the North invaded; that was why the South seceded. Statements that specifically stated this, in state after state, confirmed what South Carolina initially said: the reason for secession was slavery.

All that “State’s Rights” business was an add-on after the war was over. If you look at the reasons the states themselves seceded, it was the protection of slavery that was proclamed, over and over again.

No need to defend a long-dead government, grounded on slavery.

Baptized nationalism is still nationalism. Baptized statism is still statism. Baptized humanism is still humanism.

Of course, the Confederate States of America isn’t the only government rooted in slavery.

In the South of 1850, a planter could buy slaves on credit. He pledged the future productivity of his slaves as collateral for the loan. He made sure that he extracted sufficient wealth from the slaves to pay off his loans. He lived well. They didn’t.

Why did he borrow? In order to buy more slaves. He used leverage. He built his plantation with borrowed money and the heirs of kidnapped victims. It was good business.

The typical voter thinks of himself as a free man. After all, he has the right to vote. He does not think of himself as a slave. While trade union organizers — a truly hopeless career these days — still use the phrase “wage slave,” it never made any sense, either legally or economically. A worker can legally walk away from his employer. A slave cannot.

Washington has borrowed more heavily than any planter ever dared to or could do. Why so much debt? To get more leverage today. What is being leveraged? Promises. Voters trade votes for government promises. This system requires an ever-increasing supply of slaves in order to pay the interest on the debt. Problem: the rate of population growth is slowing. There will not be enough slaves to pay off the debt.

Voters have not thought through the implications of government debt. They do not perceive themselves as collateral for loans. But they are. This is the meaning of the phrase, “the full faith and credit of the United States government.”


Whenever you hear the phrase, “the full faith and credit of the United States government,” an image should pop into your head: a slave overseer in Alabama 1850, whip in hand, sitting on a horse at the edge of a cotton field. The field is filled with slaves, bent down, fingers scarred, dutifully picking cotton. You are not the overseer. You would be lucky to be his horse.

The man can see what’s in front of his nose.

This much I know: you can’t beat something with nothing. This is another way of saying that you can’t beat New York City with Atlanta.


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