“The American Nation—or the American Experiment, as neocons love to call it—has decisively failed. Somehow we must start over again. …
I used to love the American flag with an indescribable love; for many years, it hasn’t meant much to me. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance used to move me to my core; I haven’t recited it for many years. The 2012 election carries that alienation to a new level. …
As you know, I feel that the Southern Secession is a suicidally flawed model for us in all kinds of ways. I wrote not long ago that any secessionist movement must start on fresh ground, not evoking the same tired, discredited, and doomed ground of the Southern Secession.
Just as we can no longer go back to the American Founding for our models, because of its ultimately fatal flaws (as I argue above), we cannot go back to the much more radically flawed Southern Secession. Excuse the cliché from the President who defeated the South, but we must think anew and act anew.”
Why is the Confederacy a flawed model?
Dixie is still conservative. New England is still liberal. Nothing has changed in 150 years. Southern secession is perfectly sensible because it draws the international border along the preexisting ethnocultural fault line.
The Founders made a mistake by creating the Union. They should have created a Southern Confederacy at the beginning. Instead, they built “the American Experiment” on the basis of race and republicanism, and that proved to be too weak a foundation to endure over time.