Southerners and Wars of Yankee Imperialism
Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume
On the 27 th of November, 2006 FlyoverPress.com carried the essay "Death by Government: The Missing Chapter" by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
In the essay DiLorenzo points out that history records the extent to which governments have committed mass murder of their own citizens during the twentieth centuryU.S.S.R.: 20 million; China: 65 million; Vietnam: 1 million; North Korea: 2 million; Cambodia: 2 million; Eastern Europe: 1 million; Latin America: 150,000; Africa: 1.7 million; Afghanistan: 1.5 million; Nazi Germany's 21 million civilian murders and many others.
After reviewing the literature covering these mass murders, he notes that: "The glaring omission is the 300,000 (Southern) Americans who were killed by the Lincoln regime from 18611865. According to some conservative estimates, some 50,000 Southern civilians were also killed
For (attempting to leave the union) they had to be invaded, killed by the hundreds of thousands, conquered, occupied, and re-educated over and over again."
My editorial comment was something to the effect that one can not deny the effectiveness of that "re-education." How else do you explain the fact that young, peach faced, Southern kids have died in gross disproportion to their numbers in the over all population in all of the Yankee occupation government's imperialistic wars since then?
Smokey offered an answer:
"It is the urge to eat at the same table.
"It is something I have wondered about for most of my life. Nearly every relative I have still has strong emotional ties to the Confederacy. And yet, they (we) enlist at the first opportunity. I would posit that human nature is more likely the root of such contradictive behavior than re-education, or at least part and parcel to the phenomenon.
"The South was, and to an extent is, a warrior culture. Young men raised on the values of warriors look for an outlet. They will look for the good to justify the cause, and ignore the contradictions. And once your grandfather or father or uncle or cousin does it..... it's that much easier. The urge to follow in the footsteps of heroes is strong, even when your heroes later say, "don't do it, it's a fool's choice."
"When you grow up in a family full of veterans, dead and living, there is a hell of an urge to be able to eat at the same table and talk as an equal among men/warriors.
"Until those values that make Southern culture worthwhile are dead and dispersed, Southern men will answer the call, and ignore the contradictions at the heart of the matteror, until the call is sounded again, by their own nation, for true freedom."
This seems to be a case of old Smokey just not being quite ready yet to admit that the whole damned clan has been duped. In all seriousness (although chiding Smokey is great fun) this raises questions that are much to important to be so flightily brushed aside. Besides, I too feel honored to sit at that table. In fact, the only men I care to associate with are from that mold.
Smokey's take is not necessarily incompatible with mineit just does not get to answers for the ultimate question. Where did the clan get the idea in the first place? What was ultimately responsible?
Before attempting to get to the bottom of those questions, I need to clarify some of the terms. "Culture" and "values" are NOT a part of "human nature?" Race and culture are commonly confused and, as a result, are improperly used as synonyms. Race is genetically determined. Genes determine the morphology and physiology of the organs of the body. That, of course, includes the brain which influences certain fundamental behaviors (basic intelligence and the propensity for crime, for example). In much the same way, "human nature" (or call it nature's law or the nature of man, if you will) is universal. It applies to all men at all places and in all times. Murder and mayhem are violations of "nature's law."
On the other hand, "culture" and "values" are learned behaviors. Culture is the sum total of everything (art, music, language, literature, etc) that characterizes a group of people. As such, it is learned. Again, history supports this hypothesis with regard to "Southern culture" and military service to the Yankee occupier. Serving in the Yankee occupier's military was NOT a part of Southern culture in 1865. (How many Southern males were willing to voluntarily join the genocide of the Plains Indian using the same tactics that had been suffered upon them and their families?) Apparently that "value" (or "cultural trait") has changed as is evidenced by the fact that Southerners have died in much greater proportion than their representation in the general population in all of the Yankee occupier's modern imperialistic wars.
So, if the "warrior culture" is not genetic but learned behavior, and if it is passed down through generations, then at some point in time, a (some) member(s) of the clan had to be persuaded-taught that somehow sacrificing himself in the name of Yankee Imperialism was a good and noble deed. How did that happen?
The key has to lie somewhere within the apparatus and nature of the State itself. Every State to have ever come into existence did so through conquest, expropriation and exploitationhistory records no exception.
Coercive exploitation creates victims (malcontents). Yet on the other hand, the existence of the State ultimately depends on public opinion. It is impossible to quell resistance with force alone, especially in the normal cases where small minorities expropriate and exploit much larger groups of people than themselves. Obviously, such an operation (as State sponsored robbery and murder) must have public support in addition to a coercive force capability.
Most of the population must believe that the State is legitimate. Public opinion in support of the State acts as a counterbalance to the resistance of victimized property owners and leaves the appearance that resistance is futile. So, the State's goal is to maximize wealth and income acquired by exploitation. And to do this it must create favorable public opinion as to its own legitimacy.
There are two primary methods that the state uses to accomplish this goal. The first is ideological propaganda. The State spends a great deal of time and stolen resources on persuading the public that things are not really what they appear to bee.g. It must exploit its subjects in order to make (or keep) them "free;" Taxes are really just "paying our fair share;" The "social contract" is a real oneeven though nobody will put it into writing; "We" are the government and, therefore, rule ourselves; There would be no law and order or security in the homeland if it were not for the State; Without the State the poor would all starve and minorities would never be able to find a job; etc etc etc ad nauseum
Another technique the State uses to create favorable public opinion is redistribution. Instead of being strictly a parasite, the State redistributes a portion of its extorted property to people outside its own apparatus. Of course, doing something nice for people is NOT the idea. The idea is to corrupt them into being supportive. This is done for the purpose of securing the existence and expansion of exploitation and expropriation. These redistributive measures are applied to the production of security (police, military, and the judicial system), transportation, communication, affirmative action, health and welfare, and so fourth.
But most important to this thesis is education. As above, the State depends, for its very survival, on public opinion with regard to its legitimacy. Therefore, it absolutely must eliminate any unfavorable ideological competition and insure that statist ideologies are propagated. Thus, the loop is closed as this is accomplished by the State's redistributive provision of educational services.
So where, exactly, did the clan get the idea that "service" to the occupier is noble and good? The process began somewhere along about the loyalty oath that was forced upon a tired and defeated people during reconstruction. But the Yankee propagandists soon discovered that less coercive means were more effective. Thus, the forming of State-favorable public opinion is the sole purpose for the existence of the government's schoolsturning out little lock-step payers of "their fair share." It is the only reason those schools have elaborate playing fields and athletic facilitiesto produce strong male children willing to charge headlong into machine gun fire on behalf of the lenders of blood money and their benefactors. It is the only reason kids say the "pledge of allegiance." It is why war is glorified in all manner of media. It is why history books are, at best, a collection of half-truths and often outright liesall of which aggrandize the State.
If we are ever to stop the robbery and murder, we must withdraw our "public support." In other words, we of the clan must UN-reconstruct ourselves.
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Jimmy T. LaBaume, PhD, ChFC is a full professor teaching economics and statistics in the School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX. He does not speak for Sul Ross State University. Sul Ross State University does not think for him.
Dr. LaBaume has lived in Mexico and spent extended periods of time in South and Central America as a researcher, consultant and educator.
"Gunny" LaBaume is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. His Marine Corps career spanned some 35 years intermittently from 1962 until 1997 when he refused to re-enlist with less than 2 years to go to a good retirement. In his own words, he "simply got tired of being guilty of treason."
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