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Old 12-08-2011, 10:15 PM
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Check out TNC's excellent article. The whole thing is worth reading.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:34 AM
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Disgusting. Anyone who refers to Shelby Foote as a "neo-Confederate" apologist is a hack. Sorry that the Civil War isn't treated as some sort of domestic "Shoah" to suit the nihilistic sensibilities of the American left, but some of us see the nation as something more than a "slave state".
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:22 AM
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Disgusting. Anyone who refers to Shelby Foote as a "neo-Confederate" apologist is a hack. Sorry that the Civil War isn't treated as some sort of domestic "Shoah" to suit the nihilistic sensibilities of the American left, but some of us see the nation as something more than a "slave state".
Just to be clear, TNC (Ta-Nehisi Coates) is not the one who called Foote a "neo-Confederate apologist for Nathan Bedford Forrest." Those are the words of the reviewer of Coates' article, Eric Loomis, to whom Uncle Eb linked. Your comment might give other readers the mistaken impression you were talking about Coates himself.

Uncle: I haven't read the article yet, but I've been meaning to. Thanks for the link. I do find one of Coates' main premises quite compelling: that the Civil War is often thought of as a tragedy, while the Revolution is thought of as the glorious birth of freedom. Why the disconnect? Would Shelby Foote (or most others) ever be caught saying that the Revolutionary War represents a failure of our genius for compromise? Of course not; the mere idea is heretical. But that's the conventional take on the Civil War.

From the African American perspective, Coates argues, the Civil War should be seen as the real birth of freedom promised by the American Revolution, and is an occasion to be celebrated rather than viewed as tragedy.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:31 AM
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I do find one of Coates' main premises quite compelling: that the Civil War is often thought of as a tragedy, while the Revolution is thought of as the glorious birth of freedom. Why the disconnect?
Yeah, I found this thought-provoking too. To be fair, I think how the CW gets portrayed varies, both now and over history (and probably depending on where you are located). Thinking back, my own impressions and what I recall learning both in school and just through cultural sources is mixed. Partly tragedy, partly heroic story.

Part of the difference from the Revolution is just the number of deaths, the nature of a civil war, the type of warfare involved, the all involving nature of it in a lot of ways. You see this with the philosophical reaction (pragmaticism, skepticism about grand aims) that followed the CW -- quite different than what followed the Revolution.

Another reason is proximity in time, especially just a couple of generations ago., and well into the 20th c.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:19 AM
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Check out TNC's excellent article. The whole thing is worth reading.
Thanks, Uncle Eb. It's a very interesting article, and I always forget to follow TNC's book discussions as closely as I'd like. His ongoing transformation into a CW buff as seen through his blog has led to many interesting posts.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:16 PM
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Coates' article is indeed excellent.

The whitewashing of the Civil War, not only in the racial sense that Coates centers on but also in a moral sense, seems to speak to a widespread inability or unwillingness to look at ourselves and our past actions as a nation honestly. Outside of military historians few people know much about the WWII German generals Guderian or Manstein, and those who do may recognize their military ability but hardly consider them cultural icons. The case is far different for Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, or Jeb Stuart, who have been transformed by our culture and revisionist history into noble heroes, despite the similarly vile cause in which they served. Lee's visage is widely recognizable today, and while most would be outraged by the display of the swastika on a license plate or wall flag, many seem to accept the myriad placements of the Confederate battle flag, often claimed as a "symbol of Southern Heritage" as though the symbol of five years of violent and arguably treasonous rebellion in support of slavery define "Southern Heritage".

Perhaps they do, though I hate to think quite that meanly of my fellow man. The revisionist whitewash of the war may include elements of racism, or possibly a view of slavery as the ultimate form of capitalism. It might seem too impolite or simply too pointless to engage the myth of the Noble South and the Lost Cause. But it seems to me that for all the unique elements regarding the Civil War, or any other particular instance in our history, there is a common pattern in a widespread American determination to view our history through the narrowest of blinders and the most rose colored of glasses.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:21 PM
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Outside of military historians few people know much about the WWII German generals Guderian or Manstein, and those who do may recognize their military ability but hardly consider them cultural icons. The case is far different for Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, or Jeb Stuart, who have been transformed by our culture and revisionist history into noble heroes, despite the similarly vile cause in which they served. Lee's visage is widely recognizable today, and while most would be outraged by the display of the swastika on a license plate or wall flag, many seem to accept the myriad placements of the Confederate battle flag
That people on the left feel so comfortable comparing the Confederates with the Nazis just goes to show how extreme these people have become. This is exactly what I was talking about in my first post in this topic. Also, there is nothing wrong with Guderian anyway. Manstein is arguably a different story.

Lets remember the context here. The United States had a section of it that allowed slavery. And it did so about 50 years longer than France. Now, someone explain it to me. Why does American slavery taint the essence of the nation, making it comparable to the Nazis, while you can't speak of France without seeing the American left mist up?

And what are we talking about with slavery? Forced labor, yes. That is terrible. But the vast majority of slave holdings weren't analogous to concentration camps for God's sake. The SS used to vivisect people. They are responsible for 11 million civilian deaths in their custody, through deliberate targeted slaughter. The greatest "achievement" of the SS Economic office was the accounting of stolen gold teeth and looted luggage.

That is WHY the Nazis are considered evil. And that you can't see why that differs from the Confederacy in both nature and scale, says that you have been deceived about either history or morality.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:32 PM
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It was only a fifty year gap because the Confederacy lost. Looking back at their Constitution it's difficult to make a case slavery, as an institution, was in any danger in the foreseeable future without duress from the North.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:42 PM
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It was only a fifty year gap because the Confederacy lost. Looking back at their Constitution it's difficult to make a case slavery, as an institution, was in any danger in the foreseeable future without duress from the North.
Oh it clearly would have ended pretty soon. Even the Empire of Brazil, which was about as atavistic a society as could be imagined, got rid of slavery in the 1880s. The end of the slave trade alone was gradually increasing the costs of slaves. With the deflationary pressure on cotton from British development of it, the real profitability of slavery wouldn't have lasted very long.

That doesn't matter though. Slavery is not a crime analogous to mass slaughter, anymore than feudalism is.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:10 PM
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... Slavery is not a crime analogous to mass slaughter, anymore than feudalism is.
That's a value judgment that I'd have been embarrassed to share. I'd say it's empirically false since "slaughter" is among the atrocities facilitated by a tolerance to chattel - but you're free to make the (much more difficult) case for what you've asserted.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:08 PM
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That's a value judgment that I'd have been embarrassed to share.
Of course, because you are incapable of viewing history in an emotionless, objective fashion. Unfair power arrangements have been the norm in human history up until recently. Slaughter on the scale of the Nazis has not been normal, historically.

We don't compare the Revolution to the Nazis, despite the fact that there were slaves in Revolutionary America. We don't compare historical Caliphates and Emirates to Nazis (Right, AemJeff?), despite the fact that there were entire nations built on slavery in the Islamic world.

I've noticed Apple being castigated for applying your leftist critique to non-Western nations.

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I'd say it's empirically false since "slaughter" is among the atrocities facilitated by a tolerance to chattel -
What would that matter as a link between ethical values? Both Nazi Germany and the United States both had prisons, simultaneously. Prisons are necessary to facilitate "concentration camps". Ergo, there is an ethical equivalence between Alcatraz and Dachau?

Obviously not. Most peoples have owned slaves. None are, in my observation, castigated for it as much as the United States.

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Actually if you divorce yourself from the self-mortification you people learn in catechism, the thing speaks for itself. Crime is not equal. Mistakes are not equal.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:15 PM
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Of course, because you are incapable of viewing history in an emotionless, objective fashion. Unfair power arrangements have been the norm in human history up until recently. Slaughter on the scale of the Nazis has not been normal, historically.

We don't compare the Revolution to the Nazis, despite the fact that there were slaves in Revolutionary America. We don't compare historical Caliphates and Emirates to Nazis (Right, AemJeff?), despite the fact that there were entire nations built on slavery in the Islamic world.

I've noticed Apple being castigated for applying your leftist critique to non-Western nations.



What would that matter as a link between ethical values? Both Nazi Germany and the United States both had prisons, simultaneously. Prisons are necessary to facilitate "concentration camps". Ergo, there is an ethical equivalence between Alcatraz and Dachau?

Obviously not. Most peoples have owned slaves. None are, in my observation, castigated for it as much as the United States.



Actually if you divorce yourself from the self-mortification you people learn in catechism, the thing speaks for itself. Crime is not equal. Mistakes are not equal.
I don't see much relevant linkage between my argument and your response. institutional slavery implies a great deal of slaughter (and other evils, some arguabbly worse than that), and occurred here for a period lasting over many generations. That's the equivalence that you were denying and the assertion to which I was registering my disagreement..
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:36 PM
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I don't see much relevant linkage between my argument and your response. institutional slavery implies a great deal of slaughter (and other evils, some arguabbly worse than that), and occurred here for a period lasting over many generations. That's the equivalence that you were denying and the assertion to which I was registering my disagreement..
The majority of slaughter in institutional slavery happens in the initial slave raiding. Since that wasn't done by Americans, maybe Cragger should be comparing some random Emir of the Magreb to Manstein instead of Robert Lee.

In terms of things that Americans did, there is a remarkable lack of realism. Were there places that engaged in gratuitous violence against slaves? Yes. There were more places where American slaves were more or less like Serfs, where punishment would more often involve unpleasant chores than actual violence. There is an economics to this thing, you know AemJeff, and most people, even slaveholders, thought of slaves as human beings.

The point of the Holocaust, on the other hand, was to exterminate the people in captivity.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:45 PM
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In terms of things that Americans did, there is a remarkable lack of realism. Were there places that engaged in gratuitous violence against slaves? Yes. There were more places where American slaves were more or less like Serfs, where punishment would more often involve unpleasant chores than actual violence. There is an economics to this thing, you know AemJeff, and most people, even slaveholders, thought of slaves as human beings.
Speaking of white-washing....
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:18 PM
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Is what I said factually incorrect?

Would you disagree with this statement?

Slave settlements in the United States were more like serf villages in Europe than they were like Auschwitz.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:20 PM
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Oh it clearly would have ended pretty soon. Even the Empire of Brazil, which was about as atavistic a society as could be imagined, got rid of slavery in the 1880s. The end of the slave trade alone was gradually increasing the costs of slaves. With the deflationary pressure on cotton from British development of it, the real profitability of slavery wouldn't have lasted very long.
I agree with you here, and I do view the Civil War as a terrible, needless tragedy. The South was definitely on the wrong, hideous and genocidal side of it, but that doesn't mean that the North was on the right side. There was no right side, and it's troubling that the only country that needed a million-casualty war (with the usual enormous negative consequences for future generations) to end slavery was the USA.

One of the worst unintended consequences of the Civil War was to reinforce the notion that the USA was an exceptional nation that could wage "righteous" wars for a greater good and glory. That mentality is a factor in our ongoing bellicosity and delusions of grandeur.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:04 PM
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I agree with you here, and I do view the Civil War as a terrible, needless tragedy. The South was definitely on the wrong, hideous and genocidal side of it, but that doesn't mean that the North was on the right side. There was no right side, and it's troubling that the only country that needed a million-casualty war (with the usual enormous negative consequences for future generations) to end slavery was the USA.

One of the worst unintended consequences of the Civil War was to reinforce the notion that the USA was an exceptional nation that could wage "righteous" wars for a greater good and glory. That mentality is a factor in our ongoing bellicosity and delusions of grandeur.
Now if only y'all could perfect that hindsight time machine.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:19 AM
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I agree with you here, and I do view the Civil War as a terrible, needless tragedy.
This is a faith-based belief, and a convenient one for someone who faults the North for ending slavery. The Confederates had just established a new nation founded on slavery -- slavery was the cornerstone of the new republic -- and profits from cotton were at an all time high in the years before the Civil War. Slavery was the single largest and most profitable part of the Southern economy. Between the economic motive, the cultural attachment to the institution, and the need for the white South to have a permanent lower caste that elevated all whites into a kind of "mass aristocracy," there is absolutely no credible basis for the claim that it would have somehow just magically disappeared.

Rather, it would have expanded -- to Cuba, and West, and there's no reason to think it couldn't have survived for decades -- well into the 20th century. Maybe beyond. The argument that slavery would STILL exist, in 2012, is at least as easy to make as your claim that it would have magically vanished without war.


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The South was definitely on the wrong, hideous and genocidal side of it, but that doesn't mean that the North was on the right side. There was no right side
What about World War II? Was neither side right in that conflict, too? Should Hitler have been left alone? Should the extermination of Jews and others been left to proceed without the meddling interference of the Allies? Would the Holocaust have just magically fixed itself had the Allies not intervened?



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... and it's troubling that the only country that needed a million-casualty war (with the usual enormous negative consequences for future generations) to end slavery was the USA.
The fact that it did take such a war should tell you something about the monstrous scale of evil and the utter determination by the South to continue and expand slavery.
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This is a faith-based belief, and a convenient one for someone who faults the North for ending slavery. The Confederates had just established a new nation founded on slavery -- slavery was the cornerstone of the new republic -- and profits from cotton were at an all time high in the years before the Civil War. Slavery was the single largest and most profitable part of the Southern economy. Between the economic motive, the cultural attachment to the institution, and the need for the white South to have a permanent lower caste that elevated all whites into a kind of "mass aristocracy," there is absolutely no credible basis for the claim that it would have somehow just magically disappeared.
It is no more faith-based than the standard establishment view that the war was just, necessary and the only way to end slavery expeditiously.

Also, it is false that I fault the North for ending slavery. Many of the great abolitionists I admire were from the North. I think the Abolitionists were the great visionaries and moral giants of the period. It's somewhat analogous to the way I view neo-cons today. They are right that democracy would be a big advance for places like Iraq and Afghanistan; they are wrong, however, to wage wars (under false pretenses like the Civil War) to attain the goal.

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Rather, it would have expanded -- to Cuba, and West, and there's no reason to think it couldn't have survived for decades -- well into the 20th century. Maybe beyond. The argument that slavery would STILL exist, in 2012, is at least as easy to make as your claim that it would have magically vanished without war.
This is just more American self-delusion and grandiosity. If not for us and our noble war, there would still be black slaves in 2012. Sorry, that's ridiculous.

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Jews were not spared the Holocaust by "Allies." The Holocaust WAS left to proceed without meddling.

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The fact that it did take such a war should tell you something about the monstrous scale of evil and the utter determination by the South to continue and expand slavery.
I think WWII was a huge avoidable mega-catastrophe too. I don't want to get off on a tangent to discuss that, but there's lots of literature available on how Nazis and other Fascists could and should have been stopped without violence.

No one is disputing how evil slavery was, or how evil it was to leave the ex-slaves to fend for themselves in the post Civil War racist South, or how evil it was to make political alliances with Segregationists and Jim Crow that lasted till the 1960s, to the immense and everlasting shame of the Democratic Party.

I'm only suggesting that there were peaceful alternatives to the Civil War (and to European anti-Semitism). Of course, no one can "prove" such alternate histories. But you can't have it both ways: you can't present your theory of a just war as fact, while trashing my theory of an unjust war as "faith-based."
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:54 PM
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I agree with you here, and I do view the Civil War as a terrible, needless tragedy. The South was definitely on the wrong, hideous and genocidal side of it, but that doesn't mean that the North was on the right side. There was no right side, and it's troubling that the only country that needed a million-casualty war (with the usual enormous negative consequences for future generations) to end slavery was the USA.

One of the worst unintended consequences of the Civil War was to reinforce the notion that the USA was an exceptional nation that could wage "righteous" wars for a greater good and glory. That mentality is a factor in our ongoing bellicosity and delusions of grandeur.
I don't completely agree with you, as I think by 1861 the alternative was let the South go and things remain as they were for a longer period of time, and I don't see that as an acceptable alternative. However, your position is both one that I understand, and one that I think is related to the "tragic" take on the war that TNC spoke about and that is an important strain in how we think about the war. It was definitely an important aspect of how the US reacted to the war for years afterwards, as well in how we understand it now.

The kind of take you are articulating here was actually in my mind when reading cragger's post, as he seemed to be referring to "whitewashing the war" as merely limited to the "it's not about slavery" argument, the understandable (if wrong) desire by the South to see the aims of the war from the perspective of the Confederacy as heroic or at least the fighting of it as such. I think there's as much angst in the North about portraying it as heroic, whitewashing it in that way, both because of the destruction involved and because it suggests a much more pure-hearted, we are better than you, position re the South than is really fair, given both the range of attitudes toward slavery and race in the North and, of course, the economic elements.
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The kind of take you are articulating here was actually in my mind when reading cragger's post, as he seemed to be referring to "whitewashing the war" as merely limited to the "it's not about slavery" argument, the understandable (if wrong) desire by the South to see the aims of the war from the perspective of the Confederacy as heroic or at least the fighting of it as such. I think there's as much angst in the North about portraying it as heroic, whitewashing it in that way, both because of the destruction involved and because it suggests a much more pure-hearted, we are better than you, position re the South than is really fair, given both the range of attitudes toward slavery and race in the North and, of course, the economic elements.
Right. Slavery was extirpated from the West by peace-loving abolitionists, by moral and religious philosophers, and by (civil)l disobedience and activism among the slave population and freed slaves elsewhere. Not by some noble, over-glorified, self-righteous war.

That's why this thread has bothered me: the standard underlying assumption that the Good Guys (albeit with mixed motives, albeit without giving enough credit to African Americans) triumphed through violence over the Bad Guys, and that no matter how horrific the consequences we can forever sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

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That's why this thread has bothered me: the standard underlying assumption that the Good Guys (albeit with mixed motives, albeit without giving enough credit to African Americans) triumphed through violence over the Bad Guys, and that no matter how horrific the consequences we can forever sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic:
I don't actually think that's a standard assumption, although I think it's one strain.

This thread has bothered me because what was a thought-provoking article by TNC isn't being discussed. It was derailed by Sulla's ridiculous "not as bad as the Nazis" argument, that has nothing to do with anything, including cragger's post, IMO. I understand why those responding to some of the points feel it necessary to do so, but I don't really think US response to the Civil War lends itself to an easily breaking up into two sides. It's complicated, and TNC raised some of the complications.
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I understand why those responding to some of the points feel it necessary to do so, but I don't really think US response to the Civil War lends itself to an easily breaking up into two sides. It's complicated, and TNC raised some of the complications.
Agree that it's complicated. I just hate to see violence (of course slavery was inherently violent) taken for granted as a solution to conflict.

I'm most interested in how the Civil War shaped future conflicts and US self-perception going forward, particularly our interventionism in WWI, WWII, Latin America, Vietnam and ultimately the neo-Con wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A case, I think, could be made that the neo-Cons are natural cultural heirs to the violent, self-righteous North of the Civil War.

As an aside (unrelated to the South and the Civil War) I don't see anything inherently wrong with secession. For example, if there were a path to Vermont seceding from the USA or joining Canada, I think it would be an attractive idea. There is nothing sacred about The Union. The USA broken up into several republics might have been a good thing, especially for those of us who think the USA's overall impact on the world may have been a net negative.
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Agree that it's complicated. I just hate to see violence (of course slavery was inherently violent) taken for granted as a solution to conflict.
And yet you cosigned with Sulla (who tried to minimize slavery) just to try to alter the tone you suspected might be gaining in the thread.

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I'm most interested in how the Civil War shaped future conflicts and US self-perception going forward, particularly our interventionism in WWI, WWII, Latin America, Vietnam and ultimately the neo-Con wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A case, I think, could be made that the neo-Cons are natural cultural heirs to the violent, self-righteous North of the Civil War.
Your theory is Gingrichian in its insouciance and Tofflerian in its historical span.

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As an aside (unrelated to the South and the Civil War) I don't see anything inherently wrong with secession. For example, if there were a path to Vermont seceding from the USA or joining Canada, I think it would be an attractive idea. There is nothing sacred about The Union. The USA broken up into several republics might have been a good thing, especially for those of us who think the USA's overall impact on the world may have been a net negative.
The last is sure gonna get you some converts at the next tea party rally.
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I'm most interested in how the Civil War shaped future conflicts and US self-perception going forward, particularly our interventionism in WWI, WWII, Latin America, Vietnam and ultimately the neo-Con wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I think that's an interesting topic. For a long time, one could have argued that the most prominent effects were contrary to neo-con aims. I'm thinking of the argument in The Metaphysical Club, for example, that pragmaticism, skepticism about grand aims was the main takeaway from the war for many, as people who had joined for idealistic reasons were disillusioned by the reality.

It seems consistent with the argument (or common wisdom, anyway) that the pre WW1 assumptions were that the war would be analogous to the Franco Prussian War, that they failed to consider the American Civil War as a possibility.

I do think that "tragic" takeaway maybe lost its effect, as we've moved farther in time from the war. I was thinking about how my grandparents grew up knowing relatives who had fought in it, which of course isn't going to be true today. Maybe now it's more of an example of "clearly justified war" (like WW2) in our national rhetoric than national tragedy. I don't think so, actually, but I could see such an argument.

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A case, I think, could be made that the neo-Cons are natural cultural heirs to the violent, self-righteous North of the Civil War.
Yeah, I really, really don't agree with you here, although I suppose the neo cons would like that comparison. I suppose one's take on secession would be part of this, although not the whole thing.
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I think that's an interesting topic.
Here's an article on "How Lincoln Could have Prevented the Civil War" and how that might have affected our future.

I don't agree (or know enough about the minutiae) with the entire argument, but at a minimum I believe Beck makes a good argument that challenges the conventional wisdom of US history books and what's been expressed upthread in defense of the North.

Disclaimer: The author is a close personal friend of mine.
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Here's an article on "How Lincoln Could have Prevented the Civil War" and how that might have affected our future.

I don't agree (or know enough about the minutiae) with the entire argument, but at a minimum I believe Beck makes a good argument that challenges the conventional wisdom of US history books and what's been expressed upthread in defense of the North.

Disclaimer: The author is a close personal friend of mine.
This article, and your previous posts in this thread, demonstrate the intellectual hazards of being a radical single-issue advocate. If I didn't know you and your approach to other issues, I would expect the author of this kind of thing to be one of the fine folks at Steve Sailer's site. The extent to which this article goes out of the way to blame Lincoln for the conflict, despite the fact that most of the Confederacy had seceded before he took office, notwithstanding the fact that he had never even suggested a policy any more radical than stopping the further expansion of slavery, is pretty shameful. I'm also pretty gobsmacked by the notion that not allowing any minority to secede whenever they get outvoted through a normal, legitimate democratic process is inconsistent with democratic values; if anything I think that allowing this makes a hash of democratic governance. As with your arguments about World War II, you're taking your pacifism to some extremely nutty places here, Wonderment.
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The extent to which this article goes out of the way to blame Lincoln for the conflict, despite the fact that most of the Confederacy had seceded before he took office, notwithstanding the fact that he had never even suggested a policy any more radical than stopping the further expansion of slavery, is pretty shameful.
Beyond the scolding, the Steve Sailer stink bomb and calling me "nutty," do you have anything of substance to object to in the article? I am not a specialist (by any stretch of the imaginations) on the Civil War, so if there are factual errors I'd be interested in learning them.

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I'm also pretty gobsmacked by the notion that not allowing any minority to secede whenever they get outvoted through a normal, legitimate democratic process is inconsistent with democratic values; if anything I think that allowing this makes a hash of democratic governance.
Maybe. I don't really have a strong opinion about secession one way or the other. If my moral objections to the union were strong enough, I'd be open to it, however. For example, let's say slavery had only been abolished in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, while all the other states practiced slavery and enforced the Fugitive Slaves Act. I think a good case could have been made for MaConnNY secession.
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Beyond the scolding, the Steve Sailer stink bomb and calling me "nutty," do you have anything of substance to object to in the article? I am not a specialist (by any stretch of the imaginations) on the Civil War, so if there are factual errors I'd be interested in learning them.
The errors aren't factual; they're all ones of interpretation and emphasis. The article recounts in exhaustive detail Lincoln's restrictions on civil liberties and the various ways in which invading Union armies destroyed Southern property and whatnot. I don't disagree that any of that happened, but it's some pretty weak tea when it comes to lists of wartime misdeeds, and represented far greater necessity in a far better cause than today's neoconservative arguments that you want it to evoke. And of course if the author wasn't just trying to throw as much dirt as possible on the union cause, then it might have taken the time to note the injustices committed by the Confederate army that emphasize the unjust nature of their revolt and the degree to which a successful revolt would have created a society founded upon chattel slavery and white supremacy. Then there's plainly bizarre interpretations of events, like the article's description of Lincoln's approach to the Fort Sumpter crisis:

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Lincoln was careful to avoid beginning the war with an attack. However, he managed to instigate an attack on Fort Sumter by refusing to negotiate with South Carolina or to withdraw Federal forces from there. He informed the government of South Carolina that he was sending in supplies to his besieged men with the warning that he would retaliate against an attack. President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet authorized the attack by the forces of South Carolina that began the fighting. Lincoln had provoked it by insisting on keeping control over Federal forts in their territory. He took the position that a minority who lost an election should not be allowed to withdraw from the nation, and he jumped to the erroneous conclusion that to do so would destroy democracy. Yet from the other point of view, he was denying democracy to the seceding states. If he had recognized their right to be independent states, surely both nations could have co-existed as republics. I do not believe that we should be blind to these democratic rights, as he was, simply because we believe that slavery is wrong or because we have a desire that the Union should be perpetual. Clearly the main motive for the South’s withdrawal from the Union was a bad one, but that does not mean that they did not have sovereign rights as states.
So to review, Lincoln's refusal to give up his war aims unilaterally, which he did without any violence, is still considered an aggressive act because it prompted the South to attack the fort. What kind of a pacifist is writing this?

But what underlies those errors is the rampant wishful thinking about what an independent Confederate States of America would have looked like:

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Clearly the historical trend in this era was toward emancipation and the abolition of slavery. The proportion of slaves in the population had been declining for three decades in Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, and most of Virginia. The American Civil War, which Lincoln called the War of the Rebellion and others called the War Between the States, cost $6.6 billion and was borne about equally by both sides. The greatest cost of the Civil War was the death of 625,000 people—one-third in combat and two-thirds by disease. In the South one out of four males between the ages of twenty and forty perished in the war. Hundreds of thousands were also wounded, and tens of thousands were crippled. Nearly forty percent of the American economy was destroyed directly by the war. From the monetary costs alone all the slaves could have been freed by compensating their former owners while providing each of the former slaves with forty acres.
So I suppose that it's true that compensated emancipation would have been cheaper than the actual cost of the war. So what? The South's secession was caused by far less than an offer of compensated emancipation. Why should we consider this an even slightly realistic outcome? How on earth would any anti-slavery President have convinced the north to pay to free slaves without the radicalizing effects of the war?

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If there had been no war, the northern abolitionists could have found ways to help the slaves in the South, and most likely the Fugitive Slave Law would not have been enforced. If all the slave states seceded, then slaves could have run away to the northern states. One could argue that this might also have led to a war. Yet the North could simply defend its borders. It seems to me that in this situation it would have been much less likely that either side would have significantly invaded the other’s territory. The northerners might have used economic pressures to urge the southerners to emancipate their slaves. Eventually the southern states would have learned what all other countries had found out—that free labor is more productive and more socially desirable than slavery.
You know what Keynes said about the long run. When do you think an independent CSA, with no anti-slavery North voting, no economy save the slave economy, and with slavery and white supremacy enshrined in its constitution, would have gotten around to emancipation? 1925? 1950? How many wars would it have fought in the Caribbean and Central America to expand the institution first? Even after emancipation, surely you don't believe that black citizens of the CSA would have voting rights by now, do you? The fact is that your only non-violent solution to the civil war is to let the South go, and to let the South go means the dissolution of the United States and the perpetuation of slavery.

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Maybe. I don't really have a strong opinion about secession one way or the other. If my moral objections to the union were strong enough, I'd be open to it, however. For example, let's say slavery had only been abolished in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, while all the other states practiced slavery and enforced the Fugitive Slaves Act. I think a good case could have been made for MaConnNY secession.
I think I covered this adequately in my prior post. Recognizing a right to secede makes democratic decision-making impossible, since it means that any minority can take its marbles and go home if they don't like the outcome. And in this situation, where the minority in question is wrong and wants to take a victimized population of slaves with them, it becomes particularly absurd. There's nothing tyrannical, which is the word this article used, about preventing a minority from breaking up a polity purely in order to enslave and disenfranchise others.
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When do you think an independent CSA, with no anti-slavery North voting, no economy save the slave economy, and with slavery and white supremacy enshrined in its constitution, would have gotten around to emancipation? 1925? 1950? How many wars would it have fought in the Caribbean and Central America to expand the institution first? Even after emancipation, surely you don't believe that black citizens of the CSA would have voting rights by now, do you? The fact is that your only non-violent solution to the civil war is to let the South go, and to let the South go means the dissolution of the United States and the perpetuation of slavery.
Why do you think that the Confederacy would be the unique nation in human history that would have slavery into the 20th century? So the Confederacy would retain slaves while the Ottomans, the Brazilians, the Chinese, and the Afghans all abolished it? Really?

What a barbarous, evil place.
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Why do you think that the Confederacy would be the unique nation in human history that would have slavery into the 20th century? So the Confederacy would retain slaves while the Ottomans, the Brazilians, the Chinese, and the Afghans all abolished it? Really?

What a barbarous, evil place.
What's unique, from the perspective of many of the people commenting here, is that the Confederacy is a part of our specific history. Regardless of anything that have been true elsewhere, slavery in this country is something for which anybody who loves this nation ought to feel some share of the moral burden imposed by it. The belief that institutional slavery is especially troubling when it was practiced by your countrymen doesn't diminish the enormity of it as a general proposition. It seems right and proper to be especially outraged by its practice by Americans.
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What's unique, from the perspective of many of the people commenting here, is that the Confederacy is a part of our specific history. Regardless of anything that have been true elsewhere, slavery in this country is something for which anybody who loves this nation ought to feel some share of the moral burden imposed by it. The belief that institutional slavery is especially troubling when it was practiced by your countrymen doesn't diminish the enormity of it as a general proposition. It seems right and proper to be especially outraged by its practice by Americans.
None of this speaks to the idea that slavery would have persisted until the 1950s. You guys are putting the cart before the horse on the issue. Slavery wasn't some gratuitous exercise of racism. It was a gratuitous abuse of labor. That is to say, people have rarely gone through the trouble of gaining slaves simply to enjoy the experience of power. There is a reason they're there. Industrialism simply makes the economics of slavery senseless. The unique condition in the United States which made slaves an economic asset was the value, and harvesting techniques of cotton. Since Britain dealt a severe blow to the value of cotton by expanding its planting, slavery in America wasn't going to last much longer than it actually did. You can see the difference between the decline of slavery in tobacco states and cotton states.

As to a moral burden, that weight was carried by the 360,000 Union soldiers who died extirpating slavery from the nation. Their blood is sufficient as a sacrifice for atonement to their contemporary black American brothers.

As to any leftist who feels otherwise, I advise them to take it to a discussion group about the Balkans. There they will find a great deal of company in their wailing about distant historical grievances, replete with demands for modern reparation. Sometimes in blood.
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None of this speaks to the idea that slavery would have persisted until the 1950s. You guys are putting the cart before the horse on the issue. Slavery wasn't some gratuitous exercise of racism. It was a gratuitous abuse of labor. That is to say, people have rarely gone through the trouble of gaining slaves simply to enjoy the experience of power. There is a reason they're there. Industrialism simply makes the economics of slavery senseless. The unique condition in the United States which made slaves an economic asset was the value, and harvesting techniques of cotton. Since Britain dealt a severe blow to the value of cotton by expanding its planting, slavery in America wasn't going to last much longer than it actually did. You can see the difference between the decline of slavery in tobacco states and cotton states.

As to a moral burden, that weight was carried by the 360,000 Union soldiers who died extirpating slavery from the nation. Their blood is sufficient as a sacrifice for atonement to their contemporary black American brothers.

As to any leftist who feels otherwise, I advise them to take it to a discussion group about the Balkans. There they will find a great deal of company in their wailing about distant historical grievances, replete with demands for modern reparation. Sometimes in blood.
None of which speaks to my point, summarized in the last sentence of that post. Slavery in this country certainly was certainly an exercise of racism. it was also an intensifier of racist attitudes and it certainly had an extremely disproportionate negative effect on the lives of many millions of people of African descent, something which carries over into the present day. So much for slavery as a "distant historical grievance."
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None of which speaks to my point, summarized in the last sentence of that post. Slavery in this country certainly was certainly an exercise of racism.
Obviously. The point is that racism wasn't the point of slavery. People didn't own slaves in order to be racist. They owned slaves for economic reasons. Once the economic reasons are gone, the purpose of slaves are gone.

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it was also an intensifier of racist attitudes and it certainly had an extremely disproportionate negative effect on the lives of many millions of people of African descent, something which carries over into the present day.
Its also a fact of life. Considering the fact that we live in a country with a black President and a black Attorney General and black First Lady and dozens of black men in Congress, I think that the negative effects have been as ameliorated as they're going to get. To insist on the continued self-flagellation of people is simply a political tool at this point, and serves no ethical purpose.

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So much for slavery as a "distant historical grievance."
That's what it is. Life isn't a fairy tale. No one has to apologize for its difficulty, either.
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Obviously. The point is that racism wasn't the point of slavery. People didn't own slaves in order to be racist. They owned slaves for economic reasons. Once the economic reasons are gone, the purpose of slaves are gone.



Its also a fact of life. Considering the fact that we live in a country with a black President and a black Attorney General and black First Lady and dozens of black men in Congress, I think that the negative effects have been as ameliorated as they're going to get. To insist on the continued self-flagellation of people is simply a political tool at this point, and serves no ethical purpose.



That's what it is. Life isn't a fairy tale. No one has to apologize for its difficulty, either.
That's all trivially wrong. The lives of black Americans are, in aggregate, much worse by almost any measure than those of any other large group of people who have been here as long. When blacks have comparable health, education, employees, employment, achievement, etc... statististics as whites, when they have proportional representation in the legislatures and judiciary, then we can begin thinking about the assertion that things are as "ameliorated" as they're going to get.
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That's all trivially wrong. The lives of black Americans are, in aggregate, much worse by almost any measure than those of any other large group of people who have been here as long. When blacks have comparable health, education, employees, employment, achievement, etc... statististics as whites, when they have proportional representation in the legislatures and judiciary, then we can begin thinking about the assertion that things are as "ameliorated" as they're going to get.
No, this is wrong. Jim Crow may have delayed the process unfairly for black Americans, but after its repeal, the natural progress of assimilation will eventually lead black Americans into equal position in every meaningful sense. Just like it has done for every immigrant group over time.

Your mention of "black...comparable representation in the legislature" is particularly wrong. What is that supposed to mean? Why should it matter how "black" a government body is, when the issue of politics is disagreement over policy and principle? And how is this supposed to work, exactly? Is Steven Cohen "stealing" a black man's seat because his district is black?

And where is the problem, exactly? Blacks are proportionally represented on the Supreme Court, they're proportionally represented in the US House of Representatives. That they're not proportionately represented in the Senate is the fault of the Democratic Party, and no one else.
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That they're not proportionately represented in the Senate is the fault of the Democratic Party, and no one else.
I have a certain morbid curiosity on this point. Why is this the Democrats' fault?
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I have a certain morbid curiosity on this point. Why is this the Democrats' fault?
Democrats who seek to create safe seats for black "proportionality" create legacy districts. Black Democrats elected to these heavily Democratic districts are far to the left of the statewide electorate (The most liberal states seem to have a lack of diversity). So the easiest mechanism for black political advancement has the dual function of creating a ceiling for black advancement.

Also, combine the racialist districting with the powers of incumbency and you create the worst of both worlds. You invite corruption among politicians who see themselves, and who their constituents are told by the Democratic party, as paladins of their "race". In defense of their nepotism or corruption, the first weapons these incumbents often use is the "racist" club. This poisons the well of politics.

Legislatures are the farm team for executive office, usually. By seeking to maximize their voting bloc, and to ensure its liberal orientation, Democrats sacrifice the viability of "black" representation in statewide office. Conservatives have shown a perfect willingness to support Conservative black candidates in the past. And since leftists consider Conservatives to be the locus of all racism (And evil) in the world, one would assume that this means moderate independents would be willing to do so substantially more often, for candidates even of the center left. But due to Democratic politics, it is difficult for them to field black candidates who are plausibly centrist.
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No, this is wrong. Jim Crow may have delayed the process unfairly for black Americans, but after its repeal, the natural progress of assimilation will eventually lead black Americans into equal position in every meaningful sense. Just like it has done for every immigrant group over time.

Your mention of "black...comparable representation in the legislature" is particularly wrong. What is that supposed to mean? Why should it matter how "black" a government body is, when the issue of politics is disagreement over policy and principle? And how is this supposed to work, exactly? Is Steven Cohen "stealing" a black man's seat because his district is black?

And where is the problem, exactly? Blacks are proportionally represented on the Supreme Court, they're proportionally represented in the US House of Representatives. That they're not proportionately represented in the Senate is the fault of the Democratic Party, and no one else.
"Will eventually." For your next trick shall we pass you a sealed envelope with an audience member's question printed inside? Blacks are a special class of immigrant and have been here much longer than most.

You cherry-picked a couple of convenient outliers and tried to build a rebuttal, completely ignoring the quality of life statistics I brought up.The Supreme court is not "the judiciary." The House is elected from carefully gerrymandered districts. Senators are elected by statewide electorates who are mostly white. I'll ignore your gratuitous slam on the Democrats, mostly.
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"Will eventually." For your next trick shall we pass you a sealed envelope with an audience member's question printed inside? Blacks are a special class of immigrant and have been here much longer than most.
Their time here is immaterial. The impediments to the natural assimilation process were removed with Jim Crow. Now the orderly transition of social acceptance can begin. If leftists stop using these people as pawns in political games.

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You cherry-picked a couple of convenient outliers and tried to build a rebuttal, completely ignoring the quality of life statistics I brought up.
To endure hardship is a mark of character. It is the nature of the immigrant experience. Black Americans are now free of the statist barriers placed before them, and now can compete as all out groups have done before.

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The Supreme court is not "the judiciary."
It is the most important one. If we require racial quota systems in order to make sure the Las Vegas municipal traffic court is "properly diverse" in order to fight racism, then I would posit that there is no such thing as significant, operational racism. And I would find the exercise tedious and probably part of an effort to obscure more important matters....such as the systematic failure of the leftist political experiment.

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The House is elected from carefully gerrymandered districts.
Racialist districts, right? Is the racialist gerrymandering of districts what you have in mind for all facets of American political power?

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Senators are elected by statewide electorates who are mostly white.
What I would like to do now is measure the extent of cognitive dissonance here. There are what, 18 reliably blue states in the American electorate? That is 36 Senators. Where are the 4 black Senators? Does their absence suggest that the most liberal part of America is racist?

Or might there perhaps be a rational explanation that isn't as "sexy" a story as secret racist conspiracies?
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