Sunday, January 29, 2017

No churches in Richmond hosted the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Memorial Service in 2016

The 2016 Memorial Service for the 123rd National Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in 2016 in Richmond, Virginia was held at the UDC Memorial Building.

No church was willing to host them and the Historic Richmond Foundation didn't rent the UDC the Monumental Church. It seems that writing every last officer of the Historic Richmond Foundation and every sponsor of the Historic Richmond Foundation got them to think a little, probably about their reputations rather than anything involving a moral reflection on what they did.

Also, having corresponded with the Roman Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and Episcopalian Church about the issue and with follow up letters answering all their evasions, it seems that for a little while anyways they won't be hosting any Confederate events in Richmond, Virginia. I do want to point out that St. Paul's Episcopal Church was different than the others and extraordinary in their engagement with the moral issues.

As for the Presbyterian Church USA, I am planning to re-read the Gospels to see if Christ passed the bar exam. I have been meaning to, but I have so many things to do.

I have had other projects to do and there is so much work in tracking the neo-Confederate movement. However, I will start writing churches again about hosting. I hope to have more help this year on the issue. has a section on the Churches of the Confederacy. It needs to be made current which I hope to do in February.

Abbeville Institute author at "Breitbart"

As I dig into Breitbart I am making interesting discoveries. I see that Brion McClanahan is the author of seven articles in 2016. No articles before and so far as of 1/29/2017 no articles in 2017.

All seven articles are articles to praise Trump or discredit Trump's opponents or both.

We should watch carefully who Trump nominates to various boards relating to scholarship and arts. For example the National Institute of Humanities. M.E. Bradford may not have been able to get nominated to the National Institute of Humanities, but McClanahan might. Some may say that the Democrats in the Senate would prevent it, good luck with that.

Brion McClanahan is a major figure at, a neo-Confederate organization.

I see that McClanahan is able to give his neo-Confederate interpretations of history.

In this article, "Donald the Good," McClanahan attacks James G. Blaine, Republican presidential candidate of 1884. McClanahan's leadership role in the Abbeville Institute isn't mentioned.

In this article, "Trump Foreign Policy Speech Makes all the Right Enemies," mentions that McClanahan is the author  of "9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America -- and Four Who Tried to Save Her." I just bought the book while writing this blog posting.

You can read about the book here. You will notice that it is endorsed by neo-Confederates Lew Rockwell and Clyde Wilson.  The presidents who are listed as messing up America are Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Barack Obama.

The ones the thought tried to save here were Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, Grover Cleveland, and Calvin Coolidge.

Somewhat inconsistently Brion McClanahan praises Trump as another Andrew Jackson in his article, "Is Donald Trump the Andrew Jackson or Aaron Burr of our Time?".

If you look at this website you will see a list of Scholars & Writers for America statement of endorsement for Donald Trump.

I see in it persons who wrote for Texas Republic, Southern Partisan and Chronicles magazine. I should emphasize that most of the writers on this list haven't. But I see a fair number who did, as well as those who wrote for the Abbeville Institute and at least one who I think was involved with the League of the South Institute.

Again, it is likely that they will expect to be appointed to some board or committee and apply their neo-Confederate or fringe ideology to American culture.

I do not have any information at  all whether Trump supports the thinking of any of these individuals or Brion McClanahan. I think that Trump, if he is sincere about his slogan, "Make America Great Again," should not appoint any neo-Confederates to any position or employ them in his administration.

By the way Lino Graglia what was your opinion of whether Texas should have joined the Union?

Birthright citizenship and genealogical citizenship. "Breitbart" and your citizenship at risk.

In the United States currently an American citizen doesn't really have to be too concerned about proving citizenship. You have your birth certificate, and there is your father's birth certificate and your mother's and grandparent's birth certificates. There are layers of documentation making you a citizen.

However, without what is called, "birthright citizenship" your status of a citizen becomes a whole other question. 

You might claim to be a citizen because your father or mother was a citizen, but the question could be raised whether your parents were citizens, because were their parents, your grandparents, citizens. Your grandparents, are they citizens? Were their parents, your great grandparents citizens? They were born in the United States but they may not be valid citizens. 

As you can see your citizenship is now a involved genealogical project. You probably want to track down at least two citizens to be on the safe side. Hopefully the court house where some records exist to prove your citizenship didn't burn down sometime in the 1920s or 1880s or get hit by a tornado in 1950s. I wonder what the fees might be for access to some records. 

Also, you will want to hire a good genealogist and it will cost money. You probably need to have these records notarized. Do you have a safe deposit box to keep these records? Probably needs to be the larger size box.  Maybe each brother and sister should have a set also as back up. 

Persons who are white often assume that their citizenship under a re-interpreted 14th Amendment would be a given. Actually, there is a whole history of illegal immigration from Canada that has gone on for generations. A change in the understanding of the 14th Amendment would apply to everyone. 

I think that if birth right citizenship is interpreted out of the 14th Amendment we can expect a lot of states controlled by Republicans to require some type of proof which poorer residents won't be able to provide.  The 24 Amendment to the Constitution will become a dead letter. You won't need a poll tax to drive off African American voters and poor whites, since the cost of proving citizenship will suddenly become prohibitively expensive for those with limited means. 

Ex-slaves often probably weren't dragging around genealogical records when freed. People whose families were poor might find there isn't much of a genealogical record to go on. So it might exclude many who simply don't have a genealogical record to research. 

Breitbart has been campaigning against the 14th Amendment birthright citizenship as have been much of the conservative media. President Trump is going to be nominating a candidate for the Supreme Court. With the Senate in the hands of Republicans, a candidate who has an interpretation of the 14th Amendment could be the next Supreme Court Justice. Also, there will likely be bills in the U.S. Congress which re-interpret the 14th Amendment. 

Neo-Confederates have been hoping to invalidate the 14th Amendment for generations. Their goal may be effectively achieved in the near future. 

Still studying "Breitbart" magazine. It isn't the "Southern Partisan" but it is something.

I have been exhaustively studying Breitbart's treatment of various topics. I have the articles printed out, hand dated, and filed and organized. Besides issues relating to the Confederate flag, monuments, and the Confederacy, I have printed out their articles relating to American slavery, Lincoln, 14th Amendment, 13th Amendment, etc.

I am using a browser that prints the date, URL, etc. I hand write the date so I can better organize them.

Breitbart isn't the Southern Partisan, but is in many ways supportive of the Confederacy.

On other topics they align with neo-Confederate objectives, but there aren't neo-Confederate arguments given. So I can't say this is a neo-Confederate agenda.

I also note the neo-Confederate authors they have published.

I am planning on reviewing these articles and do a report. I will report on some narrow aspects of Breitbart while doing my research.

The reason I do hard copy printouts is that I want incontestable documentation. Web pages disappear. Online news sites generally aren't tracked by

The question might be why am I studying Breitbart instead of other right wing publications. The reason is that its former chief, Stephen Bannon, is in President Trump's administration. Breitbart also seems to be the press agency of the White House.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Did the movie "La La Land" contribute to lighting up Robert E. Lee Park and Arlington Hall Plantation

According to this board at the park "La La Land" contributed to lighting up Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, Texas which would include lighting up this plantation home.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Politico" article on Russian support for California secession, and secession movements around the world.

"Politico" has an article on Russian support for the California secession movement.

There is some interesting information on how the California secessionists are open about their Russian support in contrast to the Texas secessionists.

Also, it seems that the leader of the YesCalifornia movement, Louis Marinelli, has a past in working with the National Organization for Marriage which campaigned against same sex marriage. The article says that Marinelli has recanted these views. I find it rather convenient that he did.

Another secessionist group, the California National Party, doesn't like Louis Marinelli at all.

Many journalists are not taking these secessionist movements seriously, but the United States, unlike most nations, has monuments in its national capitol and many monuments elsewhere celebrating those who would have broken up the nation through secession.

Across the United States there are literally numerous monumental endorsements of secession from the United States. Why shouldn't the Russians think that their efforts might secede.

Perhaps American presidents should consider not sending a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

After "Breitbart" article, I have decided I will be writing Jeff Sessions about his assertion about the "Southern Partisan"

It might be asserted that since the Southern Partisan is no longer being published it is not of importance that Jeff Sessions came to the defense of the Southern Partisan.

Jeff Session's assertion that the Southern Partisan isn't some extremist magazine helps give neo-Confederate groups like the Abbeville Institute a free pass when they publish articles from Southern Partisan magazine. 

Even if the Southern Partisan magazine articles weren't being republished, defending the Southern Partisan magazine defends the neo-Confederate movement. This magazine has become a corpus of neo-Confederate writing which continues to be of influence. 

A considerable controversy has arisen over Jeff Sessions' nomination by Donald Trump to the position of Attorney General of the United States. 

Most recently Mark Thompson has stated called Jeff Sessions a "Confederate Attorney General." This statement has become a news item at Breitbart

Statement by Mark Thompson can be seen here. 

Breitbart's reporting is here, where you can watch a video of Thompson making the statement.

It occurs to me I should write Jeff Sessions to retract his defense of Southern Partisan magazine. 

One reason in particular is that it is inappropriate for Jeff Sessions, as Attorney General, to defend a magazine which supported the break up of the United States. That is my understanding of the import of this article in the Southern Partisan originally  published in 1997. (3rd Quarter 1997, Vol. 17, starting on page 18, by William Lamar Cawthorn Jr. )

More generally, Jeff Sessions' defense of the Southern Partisan helps legitimize their pernicious agenda. 

Finally, I think whether Sessions rejects the Southern Partisan magazine or not will show who he is.  

The National Park Service no longer refers to Richmond, Virgin

The National Park Service has dropped the reference to Richmond as the capitol of the Confederacy. It is now the capitol of Virginia.

However, for many residents of Richmond they are still living in the Capitol of the Confederacy aided in this metaphysical task by the Museum of the Confederacy, now the American Civil War Museum.

This is the link to the article:

Bit by bit the neo-Confederacy is being brought down.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

The movie "Hidden Figures" and neo-Confederacy. UPDATED with quotes from a former leader of the United Daughters of the Confederacy UPDATE2:

The movie is out about the African American mathematician Katherine Johnson working as part of the U.S. Space Program. The link to the movie is this:

People now days don't know that theories of white supremacy in the former Confederate states precluded that African Americans could do intellectual work including mathematics.

UPDATE: See J.K. Bivins item after the quote. UPDATE2: See Mildred Rutherford item after Bivins item.

There was a book series titled, "The South in the Building of the Nation," which was advertised in the Confederate Veteran and had contributors of leading white Southern scholars. This is extract is from, from the article "The Negro," Volume 7,  Chapter 25, pages 530-532. You can read it at this link. The following section was written by H.L. Brock of New York City.

It was the publication of The Southern Historical Publication Society.

When you read the following rubbish you realize why this movie, "Hidden Figures," is important. I have added boldface to the references to mathematics.

In fact, the genuinely intellectual side of the negro, 
the power to use the mind independently, to judge, 
analyze, combine, is not nourished to any very profit- 
able extent on books at all ; rather it thrives on every- 
day practical affairs. In every community in the 
South and in many in the North, you will find the 
shrewd, successful negro or negroid who has these 
powers though he cannot sign his name, and along- 


side of him the college-bred negro, full of parrot 
phrases and classroom jargon, utterly lacking the 
powers which the other daily exercises. The ex- 
plantation seems obvious. The negro is mentally 
quite sufficiently developed to use his brain with 
effect upon the immediate and the concrete. He is 
not sufficiently developed to start with the white 
man's generalizations, or more exactly, the formulas 
in which these generalizations are expressed, and 
work down to the concrete. He is in the class in arithmetic. He is not fit yet for that in algebra and analytics. The capable Booker T. Wash- 
ington is in type and in fact exactly like Peter the 
successful barber and "Walker who runs a profitable 
carrier's business in a certain Southern town, though 
neither Peter nor Walker can read or write. It is 
Washington's native shrewdness which has made 
him what he is, which has enabled him (as did 
Walker also) to stand well with the white commun- 
ity while he leads the blacks. His knowledge of the 
white man's books is incidental. Indeed, it is strict- 
ly limited to a small set of simple and purely utili- 
tarian chapters. It is the rule of three. Algebra, 
Washington does not attempt, nor pretend to con- 
noisseurship in the fine art of letters. 

Of all the negroes who have essayed books after 
the white man's pernicious example, the earliest ex- 
hibit, Phyllis Wheatley, was a case of the hot-house 
process pure and simple. This slave girl, born in 
Africa and brought to Boston at the age of about 
eight years in 1761, was kept in a house of one John 
Wheatley of that town, and " educated" taught the 
trick of verse. Her verses were printed as a curi- 
osity at the time and her "Poems" have no other 

It may be said, in fact, that every achievement, 
especially every intellectual or literary achievement, 


of every negro gets, because it is the achievement 
of a negro and as such a curiosity, an amount of ad- 
vertising which makes it loom much larger than 
life on the contemporary horizon; which must be 
discounted in any calm estimate of the intellectual 
and literary progress of the race. What is true of 
Phyllis Wheatley absolutely, or Douglass largely, 
is true to no inconsiderable extent of Booker T. 
Washington and DuBois. Both owe a certain part 
of their seeming eminence to the quality of rarity 
which is the sole distinction of the man with six 
fingers. Even Paul Laurence Dunbar (b. Dayton, 0., 
1872; d. 1906, contributor to newspapers in New 
York and sometime a member of the staff of the 
Library of Congress) admittedly a genuine, though 
minor, poet, has a fame quite disproportionate to 
his actual place in the catalogue of contemporary 
minor poets. He, too, is, in part, a curiosity. 


This is an extract from "Echoes of the Confederacy" by Viola Cobb Bivins, published in 1950 by here and printed in Dallas, Texas by Banks Upshaw and Company. Extract from pages 29-30 in Chapter 3, "How Was The Civilization of the Old South Destroyed."  The extract is a condemnation of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery. Bivins was the president of the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and her book was meant to instruct the public on the Confederacy, slavery and race. Bivins argues that instead of Reconstruction the control of the freed slaves should have been left to the former slaveholders. She writes:
The would not have given them social equality, for this the Negro did not desire until false friends urged it upon them as a right, and even now the better class of Negro does not desire it. The Negroes would have been given school opportunities befitting the race. They would not have been given instructions in Greek and Latin and higher mathematics,except those desiring to teach and preach, but the majority would have been prepared for life along industrial lines. [Italics in the original.] 

I think the copyright of the book has expired. It is a fairly good example on how so-called Confederate heritage is white supremacy and is anti-democratic.


Mildred Rutherford was the Historian General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

At you can read an extract from her pamphlet, "The Civilization of the Old South: What Made It: What Destroyed It: What Has Replaced It." It was an address given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Dallas, TX Nov. 9, 1916. You can read it at this link. You can see that it is where Bivins got her ideas for her book.

I boldface the reference to mathematics.

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How Was the Civilization of the Old South Destroyed?


The XIII. Amendment in 1865 set free in the midst of their former owners nearly 6,000,000 slaves, totally unprepared for freedom and while a factor it was not the greatest factor in de­stroying the civilization of the South. The men of the Southern army returned to their desolated homes, having taken the oath of allegiance in good faith, and were ready to accept, without a murmur, this amendment when it came.

The planters began to parcel out their land and start their negroes in life as farm tenants. Their affection and interest in their negroes would not only have assured their protection but would have caused their being fed until self-supporting, and other Southern men would have also adjusted themselves to new conditions. Had they then been left untrammelled, matters would have been quickly adjusted. There might have been some friction, but far less than followed under reconstruction policies. The old masters would have helped their faithful negroes to buy homes and to prepare themselves for freedom. The negroes had confidence in their owners and would not have questioned their advice. They could have made better terms under these condi­tions than were made by false friends under the Freedman’s Bureau.

The men of the South would not have given them civil or political rights until they were prepared for them. They would not have given them social equality, for this the negro did not desire, until false friends from the North urged it upon them as a right, and even then, nor now, do the better class of negroes desire it. The negroes would have been given school opportuni­ties and an education befitting the race would have been given to them. They would not have been given instruction in Greek and Latin and higher mathematics, except to those desiring to teach and to preach, but the majority would have been prepared for life along industrial lines.

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The North, at this time, blundered greatly by allowing Thad Stevens and his Committee to issue the “Exodus Order” which separated the negroes from their old owners, and to place in the South the Freedman’s Bureau with the promise of “forty acres and a mule”—encouraging shiftlessness!

This unwise policy was the real blow aimed at the overthrow of the civilization of the Old South. The men of the South were then put under military discipline which actually tied their hands and only the Ku Klux, the “Chivalry of the Old South,” could break these bonds that fettered them.

The negroes began rapidly, to leave their homes, because; they had been told that they would be kept in slavery still if they did not. Strange negroes came in their stead and the trouble began—for, by the Freedman’s Bureau, the part of the negro was always taken against the whites, whether right or wrong. Men and women who never had done menial work now had to learn, rather than contend with impertinent negroes they had no power to punish. Many had no money to pay for help and the negroes had no desire to work. They were waiting for some one to support them.

The South blundered in allowing the North to supply the teachers for the negro schools. These teachers should have been the white people or the negroes of the South.

“School marms” came down, impressed with the missionary spirit, to help these “poor benighted blacks,” to keep them from being downtrodden and imposed upon, and they gave to them a taste of social equality which spoiled them for service in Southern homes.

One of these teachers invited “Aunt Mandy,” calling her Mrs. Brown, to come in to sit with her, saying she was lonely. “Are you going?” asked “Ole Mis’”

“Law, ‘Ole Mis’ ’, you know I aint goin’! Them white folks that wants me to set with them aint the white folks I wants to set with.”

This was the thought of the aristocratic negro of the Old South.

Mammy, being told that Pres. Roosevelt had invited Booker Washington to lunch with him, said,

“Surely Booker Washington had better manners than to set down to the white folks’ table?”

“No, he didn’t, Mammy, he went in and took lunch with Mr. Roosevelt.”

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“Oh! I am ‘shamed of Booker Washington—his mammy ought to have taught him better manners than that.”

“But, Mammy, suppose it had been you, and Pres. Roosevelt had insisted upon it, what would you have said?”

“Oh! I would have said, ‘Scuse me, Mars Roosevelt, I ain’t hungry.”

And that is just the answer a Southern negro aristocrat would have made. They had an aristocracy just as marked as the whites had, and this aristocracy the whites respected.

Rena was asked to take dinner at the University where her daughter received her diploma. She accepted the invitation but when she found that she was to sit at the table with the white members of the faculty, she slipped out of the room, saying “My little nigger can eat with white folks but I can’t.”

The helplessness of the negro at the time of freedom was pa­thetic. He was a little child in his dependence. He had no need for money, for he once had supplied to him the things money would buy for his needs, so when he received his money for wages he spent it as a child.

The first driver my father was forced to hire, a year after the surrender, had to be furnished a suit of clothes and hat and shoes before he was presentable on the carriage seat. Yet when he was paid his first month’s wages of $10, $8 was spent for an accordion and the remaining $2 for fire crackers, which like a child he quickly fired.

A Northern man who bought one of the Southern plantations noticed an old negro man helping himself to fire wood. He asked him one day where he bought his wood.

“It’s jest this way,” he answered, “My pa was coachman at the Big House over there, and he pa and he pa so there’s no need for one gentleman to ax another gentleman whar he gits his wood.” “Ole Marster” had always given his wood so this old negro had no idea he was stealing.

That wood was his by right of service from his family was the teaching of the carpetbaggers after the war. To steal from a negro was a great sin, they said, but no sin to steal from white people for all they had the negroes made. The Southern people suffered grievously from this teaching. They saw with real distress how, under false teaching, the negroes were being alienated from them and being harmed, not helped. The negroes under false advisers resented any interference from Southern whites, and the situation became terrible—far worse

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than is pictured in “The Birth of a Nation,” horrible as that is. It was not only a time of real oppression, but also a time of repression, suppression and fearful humiliation. The South lost $2,000,000,000 by loss of slaves together with confiscated and destroyed property. The South was also left with a bonded war debt of $300,000,000.

It is really refreshing to realize, even at this late day, that some of the leading negro leaders are conscious of the mistakes that have been made and are willing to acknowledge it.

A leader named Wilkins, at Little Rock, Ark., in 1915, said on Emancipation Day:

“We are foolish for celebrating, an event which has meant nothing to us but humiliation, persecution, alienation, degrada­tion, obloquy, scorn, and contempt.

We are celebrating a day that never took place and you know it as well as I do.

But some things did take place on that day. Our Southern white friends fed us, clothed us, and administered to us. Let us not forget that, but rather celebrate that. Remember now, those of you who think Lincoln’s Proclamation set us free, that if it did, it was our white friends that kept us from starving.”

Pres. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation never freed the negro nor did Lincoln expect it to. It was a political move against the seceding states to force men at the North to re-enlist, and in the hope that it would make Southern men return to protect their families from negro insurrection and thus end the war, and to induce foreign nations to refuse to acknowledge the Confederacy.

Not a negro in the states that did not secede was freed by Lincoln’s Proclamation and it had no effect even in the South as it was unconstitutional and Lincoln knew it. Many in the North resented it, and Lincoln was unhappy over the situation as Lamon testified. The negroes were freed by an amendment of­fered by a Southern man and, did not become a law until after Lincoln’s death. It really is a farce for negroes to celebrate Emancipation Day.

By the freedom of the slaves and the estrangements that fol­lowed between them and their former owners the civilization of the Old South gradually passed away.

Mark Twain said, “The eight years in America, 1860-1868, uprooted an institution centuries old, and wrought so profoundly upon the national character of the people that the influence will

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be felt for two or three generations.” Mark Twain was a Southern man and knew what he was talking about.

The trailer for the movie "Hidden Figures."

Hugh readership out of South Korea for the Arlington Confederate Monument blog

I am getting ready to write Donald Trump asking him not to send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument. I was reviewing the information I collected in 2009 and also what I have since learned.

I was looking at the Arlington Confederate Monument Report blog and I noticed that there had been a spike in viewers and so first I went to see where they were from. How surprising to see that the most viewers were from South Korea. It is hard to see on the Google map supplied but you can see the South Korean readership in the list.

Japan has recently called home some envoys because they are upset over a statue to memorialize South Korean women who were put into brothels by the Japanese military in World War II.

I think that the move by Japan to retaliate is not well thought out. There are probably in the last week hundreds of millions of people who previously had never heard of the "comfort" women, sex slaves for the Japanese military, who now have learned the history of these sex slaves.

I also think it was very foolish that it was thought that a treaty agreement could be done to push this historical crime down a memory hole. Did the Japanese government really think this would work?

Good for those who won't allow this to be pushed down the memory hole. One time in preparation for a short business trip to Korea, I read a 600 page history of Korea. Korea history has good parts, but poor Korea has had some really bad times, such as the Mongol invasion and the Japanese occupation.

I don't know why the Japanese government isn't just ignoring the statue, perhaps there is a nationalist desire for a conflict.

As for my South Korean readers, I hope my blog was a help.

This is captured from the screen on 1/7/2017 at 8:30 pm roughly EST.

A vision of what Hans-Hermann Hoppe's so-called ideal world would be like. UPDATED

Hans Herman Hoppe, has a vision of the world which he calls Anarcho-Capitalism and where there is no public government, but just private property, including streets, rivers etc.

He attacks both democracy and government is in his book, "Democracy: The God that Failed," published by Transaction Books at Rutgers Univ.

He is very much involved in the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.

The Mises Institute is hostile to democracy.

I discuss Hoppe's book in depth in my book, "Pernicious: The Neo-Confederate Campaign against Social Justice in America."

Turns out there is a dystopian science fiction comic book where the story takes place in a world with the idea of no public government and everything being private property. I think in observing it we can see what the world advocated by Hoppe might be like.

It seems it is going to become a television show.

I think the television show will be a good antidote to the anti-democratic ideas of Hoppe and others. However, it won't educate the public that there are anti-democratic movements or make people aware that there is a neo-Confederate movement.

YouTube Review of Lazarus

This is a review of the 2nd Hardcover collection

Friday, January 06, 2017

Texas Secession looks like it is on hold

My prediction was that if Hillary Clinton was elected the Texas secession movement would take off. However, Donald Trump has been elected and the Texas secession movement appears to be moribund.

On their web page the last new update was posted on 12/4/2016.

I think all the right wing secession movements are on hold until disillusionment with the Donald Trump administration sets in. These movements may actually end up stronger when the disillusionment with Trump sets in since potential secessionists will give up hope in future national candidates.

I think it will be inevitable that disillusionment will set in with the type of people who are right wing secessionists since these type of people are those who will have expectations that are not going to be met by Donald Trump.

I think that supporting an administration and the government will not be as satisfying to talk radio listeners as raging against the government was.

Whether this disillusionment takes 6 months or 2 years I don't know, but I don't think it will be much longer than 2 years.

"Breitbart" avoids issue of Senator Sessions' defense of "Southern Partisan" magazine on the floor of the Senate.

I blogged earlier about U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' defense of Southern Partisan magazine.

Below is the link to Sessions' defense of Southern Partisan. Use the search term "Partisan" to find it.

The following is the link to a Jan. 5, 2017 article where Breitbart is trying to spin Sessions' image.

What you won't find in the article is any mention of Sessions' defense of the Southern Partisan. Sessions' submitted into the Congressional Record Southern Partisan's editor Christopher Sullivan's statement defending the magazine which is marvel of careful wording to deny admitting that the Southern Partisan was a racist magazine.

Of course Breitbart isn't going to try to give any excuse for Sessions' defense of Southern Partisan magazine, since Sessions' defense of Southern Partisan magazine is indefensible, both Sessions and Breitbart would rather no one would know about it.

It also shows how Breitbart acts to enable neo-Confederacy by letting enablers of neo-Confederacy off the hook.

More Confederacy in the Trump White House Dept. Former Gov. Sonny Perdue possible Trump choice to head up the United States Dept. of Agriculture

From the article:

Perdue has a disturbing nostalgia for the Confederacy. Back in 2010, he signed a law declaring April to be permanently recognized in the state as "Confederate History and Heritage Month," in a proclamation that neglected to mention slavery.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans were very happy with this proclamation.

More Confederacy in the Trump White House Dept.

High School that is fond of the Confederacy selected for Donald Trump inauguration.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Kevin Levin reveals his true self

Kevin Levin wrote a blog posting titled, "The Lost Cause is not fake history," and the link to the post is:

His posting was in response to this CNN article and video.

Levin is not happy over this CNN article. Levin writes:

No, the Lost Cause is not an example of fake history. Postwar accounts of loyal slaves and benevolent slaveowners were quite consistent with pre-war accounts. The Lost Cause was not a collective act of self deception or even primarily an attempt to deceive others. It was an organic process of reflection and memory that directly engaged the most pressing challenges of the immediate postwar period, including defeat, emancipation, black mobility and black political action to name just a few.
He followed up with this blog posting "to clarify" what he was trying to say.

The blog postings really reveal who Levin is.

The Lost Cause depiction of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction was not confined to a few Confederate leaders. The Lost Cause was promoted by the United Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

These are the comments in a letter by Confederate John S. Mosby, the famous "Gray Ghost," of the Civil War. He is "disgusted" by the Lost Cause lies about the Civil War and the Confederacy. In a letter he wrote to a friend in June 4, 1907 he comments about the Lost Cause lies.

I wrote you about my disgust at reading the Reunion speeches: It has since been increased by reading Christians report. I am certainly glad I wasn’t there. According to Christian the Virginia people were the abolitionists & the Northern people were pro-slavery. He says slavery was “a patriarchal” institution – So were polygamy & circumcision. Ask Hugh if he has been circumcised. Christian quotes what the Old Virginians – said against slavery. True; but why didn’t he quote what the modern Virginians said in favor of it – Mason, Hunter, Wise &c. Why didn’t he state that a Virginia Senator (Mason) was the author of the Fugitive Slave law – & why didn’t he quote The Virginia Code (1860) that made it a crime to speak against slavery, or to teach a negro to read the Lord’s prayer. Now while I think as badly of slavery as Horace Greeley did I am not ashamed that my family were slaveholders. It was our inheritance – Neither am I ashamed that my ancestors were pirates & cattle thieves. People must be judged by the standard of their own age. If it was right to own slaves as property it was right to fight for it. The South went to war on account of Slavery. South Carolina went to war – as she said in her Secession proclamation – because slavery wd. not be secure under Lincoln. South Carolina ought to know what was the cause for her seceding. . . . I am not ashamed of having fought on the side of slavery – a soldier fights for his country – right or wrong – he is not responsible for the political merits of the cause he fights in. The South was my country.

This is the link to the source.

Of course Mosby has his own rationalizations, but he wasn't going to fill himself with stuff and nonsense that the Civil War wasn't about slavery.

Frederick Douglas denounced the Lost Cause as deception and so did W.E.B. Dubois.

Kevin Levin is of the Civil War Tables era of Civil War historiography. He also very well might become the new Eugene Genovese of Civil War history. As the Civil War Round Table Civil War history passes away I think we will see more postings like this from Levin.
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