Editor’s Note: This is what we explored in The Origins of New England and Virginia.
H/T Identity Dixie
This week on Radio Free Dixie, Barnwell sits down with author MacDonald King Aston to talk about his book, Yankee Babylon: American Dream, American Nightmare.
Note: Here’s another excerpt from Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture:
“Yet they and their followers among the laity seem to have been animated by a particularly “acute fear of disorder and wickedness,” and they devised a socioreligious system calculated to cope with their overwhelming insecurity in the face of such developments. This system required both “constant warfare” on the part of individuals against their own natural inclinations toward wickedness and the implementation of a social system that would enable men through willful activity, to settle the unsettledness around them, to exert control over a chaotic world.
The world puritans hoped to substitute for the one in which they lived used suspicion and mutual surveillance to achieve a tight social regimen and to suppress individual deviance and sin, to exert tight control over the unruly forces of the market, diminish acquisitiveness and the covetous or frivolous indulgence it engendered, locate every person in an appropriate calling, urge diligence and a careful use of time upon individuals, submerge the rampant assertion of self in a concern for the next world rather than this, and achieve a degree of communal unity virtually unknown in the fluctuating world of early modern England …”
I just happen to be reading about this right now.
Even today, this is all recognizably Yankee stuff. It is still commonplace in the East. The difference is that God has been subtracted and the next world has been replaced by the secular progressive utopia. Otherwise, the fanatical impulse to repress their own “natural inclinations toward wickedness” and the thought policing, guilt culture and shaming has remained intact. This culture of “mutual surveillance” in order to stamp out “individual deviance and sin” is the cultural root of SJWs.