As James Edwards likes to tell you, I am an amateur historian.
I’m not simply a “Southern Nationalist” or “Neo-Confederate” or “White Nationalist.” While I love studying the Confederacy and the War Between the States, it was only 4 years of our history as a people. It is not even the period of Southern history that I find the most interesting:
“The campaign of 1928 and its aftermath did usher in a new political epoch, but not a two-party South. It was as if all the peculiar forces of the 1920’s – prohibition, fundamentalism, nativism, religious bigotry and the nascent middle-class Republicanism – had united in one glorious and disastrous finale. All were shaken and discredited by the misfortunes of the administration they helped to install, and their discomfiture cleared the way for a new progressive coalition, the New Deal.”
I get pigeon holed and dismissed by dumb people as a “racist.”
As we saw yesterday though, I can probably run circles around all these “journalists” in history, philosophy, political theory and political science. I’m too intelligent, educated and altruistic to be a “mainstream conservative.” That’s why I never fit in with those people.
The Donald Trump era reminds me of the Herbert Hoover era in some ways. We’re not in the Great Depression yet but the inevitable reckoning is coming. Conservatism appears to be reaching its climax in much the same way as it did when Hoover was president and Wall Street crashed in 1929. There is so much wealth in our society, but it is all being concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite. It is not being distributed down to the Millennials and Zoomers who are being crushed by student loans and gig economy jobs and who have never known financial stability in their lives.
This is perhaps THE MAJOR TREND LINE of our times … White people are DYING in absolute numbers partly because of it. No one cares about the “Green New Deal” and it says a lot about the brain trust of the Democratic Party that something as absurd as that and as unresponsive to political reality is the best that they can do. I’m guessing they are rolling with it because that is what their donors are pushing like on the Republican side. It seems like the legislative agenda of both parties is simply the agenda of the donors. American politics in 2019 could be described as a feud between Sheldon Adelson and Tom Steyer with everyone else getting stirred up and mad and angry for no reason at all.
How long can the present continue? By that I mean the Baby Boomers staying in the workforce past retirement, the underconsumption and impoverishment of the Millennials and Zoomers, the billionaire donors controlling our politics and setting the legislative agenda and the concentration of wealth at the very top of society. What happens when automation kicks into high gear in the 2020s and really starts to accelerate the demise of White working class employment?
Smart and educated people think about these issues, not simply “bigots.” I get highly offended when I am called a “bigot” because as a rational person I enjoy analyzing ideas and looking for better ones. The typical “journalist” is far more bigoted and less friendly than I am.
Note: The excerpt above comes from page 253 of George Brown Tindall’s The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945.