Politically Correct History
By Thomas J. DiLorenzo
It has been previously noted that the Russian revolutionary Michael Bakunin was strongly pro-North in his views on the War of Northern Aggression. According to author David Hecht in Russian Radicals Look to America, Bakunin "favored the politics and program of the Radical Republicans" as a solution to the race problem in the South (as if the North did not have her own race problems). In other words, Bakunin was all in favor of what the Northern politicians had the gall to call their ‘reconstruction’ program, which the federal government began to enforce on the South when the war was over and which it has continued to enforce, in varying degrees, until this day, not only in the South but now in other parts of the country as well.
Bakunin stated that for "popular self-government" to become a reality "…another revolution…far more profound" would be a necessity. Wading through his socialistic twaddle, what he was really saying was that for the minority that had seized control of the federal government in Washington to completely implement their proposed cultural revolution on first the South and then the rest of the country, a revolution more profound and far reaching than just the war would have to be initiated. It would have to be a revolution that forever changed the culture of the country from what it had been to what the revolutionaries wished it to be.
Marxist ‘historian’ Eric Foner in his book Reconstruction America’s Unfinished Revolution gleefully noted the vast changes in the federal government brought about by the war. In dealing with the federal measures he wrote: "In their unprecedented expansion of federal power and their effort to impose organization upon a decentralized economy and fragmented polity, these measures reflected what might be called the birth of the modern American state." Foner then went on to observe how emancipation "made all Americans equally subject to the authority of the national state." That such an occurance pleased Foner is obvious. As a Marxist he is all for pushing the authority of the "national state" provided it is run by those with a mindset identical to his.
One of the major ways that the authority of the national state was furthered was via the government school system, which became an integral part of the ‘reconstruction’ agenda. Children in the South were, after the war, educated in government schools with ‘history’ books written by Northern historians in such a way as to make Southern children ashamed of what their father, brothers, and uncles had fought for. As the years passed the ‘history’ books evolved more and more until we now have ‘history’ books in the homeschool movement that, at best, give lip service to the concept of state sovereignty and then go on to berate the South for fighting only to preserve slavery. In past decades the results of this cultural revolution have become more and more apparent. Southern politicians now no longer dare to stand up for Southern rights, fearing they might offend some minority group whose main offices are in Hoboken, New Jersey. Now all they do is whine about how bad slavery was [almost no one says it was good] and they tell people that, while they really love their Southern heritage, it was really best that the South lost the war. They are scared to death of any show of any kind of Confederate flag anywhere, especially at a rally them might be invited to speak at. These people have had true love and reverence for their old Christian-dominated culture educated out of them. Government schools today deal in a plethora of ‘Multi-Cultural’ projects which include every possible culture except white Southern culture, which must not be dealt with at all except in a negative manner.
Just recently a rank, scalawag politician from Missouri whose name I won’t even dignify by mentioning it made the statement that no Confederate flag should be flown anytime, anywhere. His sentiments were shortly echoed by another politician from North Carolina. How can these men hold such sentiments unless they have been educated, or rather, indoctinated, in them?
How can a people be made to be ashamed of their own heritage unless they have been educated to be ashamed of it? In my time in the South, I have noted, in the main, that the Southern people seem to be a much more gracious people than most I’ve encountered in other areas. They continue to use the words ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’ when addressing others, something long ago lost in the rest of the country. Their continuing graciousness has, no doubt, to do with those remnants of their Christian faith that the feds have not been able to rid them of yet. However, the feds, with their school system, have managed to make them ashamed of what their fathers fought for. It would be the same for the Northeasten part of the country if they hired British historians to write their history of the Revolutionary War for them. I’ve talked with several good Southern folks who, when you get onto the subject of the "late unpleasantness", rush to assure you that they have no use for slavery. A handful seem to have a dim recollection that someone once told them the war was about the rights of the states – something they surely do not learn in the government schools anymore if they ever really did to begin with. The real truth about the war and its reasons, especially the theological reasons, has been carefully educated out of them, and most have no more idea today what it was all about than the rankest Northerm amateur. The government school system has, indeed, as author John Chodes said, taught "the rebel’s children respect for national authority."
So ‘reconstruction’ goes on, in the South and the rest of the country as well, via its most successful vehicle, the government school system. Almost none of our children, in the South or anywhere else, has any notion of the principles this republic was founded upon or even what the War for Independence was all about. And they have no concept of what Abraham Lincoln and the War of Northern Aggression were really all about. They think the country as it now exists has always been the way it is now. They have no concept of the limitations originally put on the federal government or the part the states played in the political process. To put in bluntly, they have no idea of where we came from, why we are in the mess we are in now, or where we should be going to extricate ourselves from it. Because their vision of the past is terribly faulty, their vision for the future will be also.
Our culture has undergone a cultural revolution since the conclusion of the War of Northern Aggression. A ‘reconstruction’ that began in the South after the war and was subtly extended to the rest of the country in the following decades has changed our culture and how most of us think. Reconstruction was the ‘other revolution’ of which Bakunin spoke, and it is still ongoing today.
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