State of the Confederacy?

I'm delighted to see that Justin is busily working his way to another triple violation of "Wolcott's Rule®," for I find myself inspired to do the same thing.

That's because a couple of posts from Glenn Reynolds have reminded me of older-but-still-timely posts which have been gathering archival dust. From today's InstaPundit:

.....[M]any people in the South see the flag as an emblem of regional pride, rather than as an endorsement of Confederate ideology. That's certainly true, and after getting that email I noticed the bumpersticker pictured at right, which certainly doesn't seem to embody much in the way of nostalgia for the Old South.

That said, I'm not a big fan -- though no one who displays Communist paraphernalia, however allegedly ironic the display, has any room to criticize the badges of an obsolete and murderous regime -- and it's not the sort of thing I'd endorse. But the point of my post was the absurdity, and worse, of neo-secessionist thinking, and the oddity that some of the more lunatic fringes of allegedly libertarian thought are so enamored of the Confederacy. Whatever you say about the Confederate States of America, it was no libertarian paradise.

Indeed it wasn't! And here's the bumpersticker:


Yup, I'd say that's definitely tinged with a libertarian fringe. . .

Which leads to my Wolcott violation of the day. Forgive me, Father Wolcott, but I feel obliged to quote from my post titled "Southern Communism Ain't Libertarian!"

...I want the world to know that Southern Communism was invented by me and a good friend many years ago. We hold the patent on the idea.
God, am I a pompous ass or what? Wolcott® was right!

Not only did I just requote a quote echoing what I said decades ago, but now I'll again echo the thoughts of the co-inventor of Southern Communism® (another guy I wish would start a blog):

When I mentioned Southern Communism a few days ago I gave only the most superficial definition of it in reply to Dean Esmay's comment. (My apologies for the delay, but I had to contact the expert!)

Here's more, straight from the source:

Southern Communism was a theory propounded by a little known ne'er-do-well cousin of Jefferson Davis, a Courtney Carrington Davis. As was the custom of the aristocracy, he spent much of his days drinking whiskey and reading European writers, and had happened upon Marx and Engels after the War. The idea of total egalitarianism repulsed him, but such was his rage against the domination of the North and the federal government that he imagined a class rebellion which would install a "dictatorship of the common man," which excluded "coloreds, white trash, papists, Jews, and others of heathen religions." Like many of his class, he was insulated from social realities, and saw the downfall of the South as the result of trying to imitate the democratic system of the North. But he also realized that there could be no rebellion if only the aristocracy were to benefit, hence the compromise with, and the transparent appeal to, the "common man." Deluded as he was, he believed that the aristocracy would control this new form of government (the specifics of which appear nowhere in his writings), and that it would "wither away, leaving every man in his proper station." It is evident that,
in addition to being the black sheep of the family, he was also not very imaginative and his theory basically consisted of "cutting and pasting" his own delusions into the writings of Marx and Engels.
I don't have a URL, as this was sent to me in an email from my friend who first used the term many years ago -- and startled me when he referred to me as a "Southern Communist."

I will have my readers know that:

  • a) I am not from the South, but I might be called an occasional "fellow traveler" because I have traveled there extensively; and
  • b) I am not now, but have in the past been a Communist.
  • The more I think about this, the more I wonder whether "Southern Communism" might have been borrowed by Huey P. Long.

    It only gets worse, folks.

    Brace yourself, Wolcott; I'm barely warmed up!

    In a follow-up post, I carried my decades-old Southern experiment further, into the realm of today's multicultural Rainbow, and my tendency to conjure up grotesque compromises:

    ....[S]ince everyone hates compromisers, and since I have gotten so many hits from the very gracious Dean Esmay, I have decided to have fun satirizing compromise, while simultaneously compromising satire -- something never before attempted!


    Confederate Rainbow!

    The Battle Rainbow?

    An idea whose time has come, or an inflammatory idea?

    Some people want to burn the Confederate Flag. Others want to burn the Rainbow Flag.

    Politically correct, or politically incorrect?

    I think that's enough pompous regurgitation for today -- and for Mr. Wolcott (who I think would look dashing in a Confederate uniform....)

    Hurrah, hurrah! For Southern Communism, hurrah! Hurrah for the Rainbow Flag of Multicultural stars! (Sung to the tune of the "Bonnie Blue Flag," of course....)

    Once again, an idea whose time has, er, come!

    Multicultural secessionists unite! Raise high the banner of the Confederate Rainbow! Marching together, we can defeat the hypocritical crowing by misogynists and homophobes!


    posted by Eric on 02.01.05 at 04:26 PM


    I'm generally happy to see any and all images of oppression in whatever public display or media I can maneuver them into.

    As long as we can also manage to dismantle Social Security, I'm quite happy with Confederate Flags, Soviet Flags, Viet Cong Pyjamas, Corsets, Uncomfortable Male Underwear, Nazi Regalia, Various Iconographies from the Hungarian, Croatian and Romanian Fascist Periods, Generalissimo Franco Prayer Rugs, Photos of the Ayatollah Khomenei, Reliquaries from the Grave of Yasser Arafat, Vichy Water, etc.

    Anything that represents human misery and suffering ... front and center! These are the icons of our new era.

    Bink   ·  February 1, 2005 5:47 PM

    Hmmm.... The Confederate (or the American or any) flag shaped like a woman. I like that idea.... And I have always loved your Stars'n'Bars'n'Rainbow flag. The way it looks. The _style_ of it!

    It would make a fine bumper sticker...somewhere.
    Bring the Jubilee!

    J. Case   ·  February 1, 2005 7:35 PM

    This must be James Wolcott's favorite blog (as it is mine) because you constantly invoke his name. An interesting enemy. You have made his Rule famous. I wish I could think of a suitable quote from myself or, better yet, one of my characters, a propos all this.

    What do Dawn and Norma think about all this? The Confederacy? The KKKonfederacy? The KKKommunist KKKonspiracy? "Communism vs. the Negro". Orange Lodges? The Beatles*? Akhenaton? Hmmm....

    (*It was a lot of fun visiting the Experience Music Project museum of rock'n'roll, and science fiction, with my brother last Tuesday**, January 25.)

    (**Tuesday: named after the Norse God Tiw or Tyr, Tiwaz, i.e., Theos, Deus, Dyaus Pitar, Divus, Jovis Pater, Jupiter -- Our Father Who Art In Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name....)

    i'm from new orleans, and i live in montreal.

    i'm gonna point out that the "southern style" bumper sticker also comes in a "canadian style" and "quebec style" variation, with the quebec/canadian flag superimposed on the girl instead of the confederate one. it's a tourist knick-knack, generic of place.

    nice blog by the by

    chris   ·  February 2, 2005 2:45 PM

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