SECURE THE BAG
We’ve made it to Missouri.
It is going to be an interesting few days. While I am up here, we’re going to explore Little Dixie in the Missouri River Valley and tomorrow we are going to take our son out to western Missouri on a family trip to check out the birthplace of Jesse James.
My wife’s side of the family is from Missouri. This part of Missouri was colonized by Southerners from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia before the War Between the States. In the 21st century, Missouri has an identity crisis and it has a lot to do with what happened here after the war.
As I have explained on this blog, I am a Southern Lutheran. There are virtually no Lutherans in Alabama in the Deep South where I am from, but here in Missouri the Anglo-Celtic South and the Germanic Lutheran Midwest meet and intersect. We have yet to get our son a DNA test and it will be interesting to see whether he takes after the English or the German side of his family more.
I married into a Lutheran family in 2013 and converted several years ago. My wife is from the St. Louis area and has both German and Anglo-Celtic ancestry. Back in 2015, we celebrated Confederate Memorial Day here and went to check out the Confederate monument in Forest Park in St. Louis:
Jesse James was the Robin Hood of Missouri.
He came of age in the maelstrom of violence that was the War Between the States which kicked off in the 1850s in Bleeding Kansas in the Kansas-Missouri Border War. Quite honestly, the War Between the States began in Little Dixie and some of the most savage guerrilla warfare between Confederate partisans and Union forces took place here. During the war, there were only more battles in Virginia and Tennessee between Union and Confederate forces than Missouri.
Jesse James fought with Bloody Bill Anderson in Missouri during the War Between the States. Frank James rode with Quantrill’s Raiders and participated in the Sack of Lawrence. The fighting was so intense in Little Dixie that Union General Thomas Ewing, Jr. issued General Order No.11 which ordered the ethnic cleansing of Jackson, Bates, Cass and Vernon County, MO of pro-Confederate White Southerners. After the war during Reconstruction, pro-Confederates were disenfranchised in Missouri like they were elsewhere in the South and many lost their land to pro-Union German farmers in Little Dixie.
The war didn’t end in 1865 for Jesse and Frank James. Over the next 11 years, the James Gang became legendary in the United States for a series of high profile robberies of banks, railroads and stagecoaches. The James Brothers saw themselves as freedom fighters who were avenging the South’s defeat in the War Between the States by targeting both their former enemies like former carpetbagger Gov. Adelbert Ames of Mississippi in the Northfield, Minnesota raid as well as hated symbols of the new Northern-controlled order of industrial free-market capitalism – the banks, stagecoaches and railroads – that were being imposed on the defeated South during the Reconstruction era.
joking/not joking Stonewall knew what the “Civil War” was really about
The James Gang never robbed the rich to give to the poor, but like Robin Hood in Medieval England they struck back at the Republican Party on behalf of the dispossessed White Southern Democrat farmers of Missouri. 150 years later, we in the Yang Gang find ourselves in a similar situation with the Republican Party during the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the emerging age of artificial intelligence.
THE GILDED AGE
Just as the rise of Free Society and its economic order of industrial free-market capitalism replaced Slave Society and its economic order of agrarian humane capitalism in the 1860s, now it is Blompf and the Republican Party and the free-market capitalist “Goldilocks” economy (Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow’s pet phrase for it) of the 2010s presiding over the silent killer of automation destroying working class and middle class jobs which is being driven by deep learning AI. Similarly, we are living through a new Gilded Age in which a tiny handful of tech oligarchs like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg – all of whom benefit from the tax cuts and deregulation mandated by conservative economics – are vacuuming up all the profits at the expense of the great majority of Americans.
History has come full circle. After decades of neoliberal economics, we’ve returned to the Gilded Age in the 21st century. We’ve also returned to two movements which were a response to the raging social inequality and loss of social cohesion of that era: rural populism and urban progressivism.
Note: The rise of anarchist violence was also a feature of that era. It was an anarchist who assassinated President William McKinley in 1901.
HAND OVER THE BAGS, BEZOS – YANG GANG
JESSE JAMES WAS KNOWN FOR SECURING THE BAG