Many, if not most, politically- and history-conscious Southerners advocate for the immediate political secession of the South from the United States. Until relatively recently, I did too. The general idea is to reproduce the antebellum Republic by severing from USG and recreating a government based around early Constitutional principles and States’ Rights. These Southerners generally diagnose the problem as a Republican or mainstream conservative would, only with a slightly more nuanced view of history; to them, the political problems of today stem from a willful and malevolent corruption of the Constitution or the American Way (which is sacred and/or near-perfect) by Bad People, like Abraham Lincoln. Ideologically they remain on the battlefields of Manassas and Gettysburg, unable or unwilling to recognize that their enemies have long since occupied their backyard, impregnated the wife, burned down the barn and stolen all the silverware.
These Southerners make the same mistake Southerners have been making since 1776. They assume that to be Southern is simply part of the general American identity. In reality, the Southern and American worldviews are irreconcilably different and distinct, and to conflate the two is to contribute to the ongoing destruction of our thede. Everything which the “American ideal” – Americanism – has espoused, championed, and produced should be picked up and thoroughly examined for degenerative Leftist bacteria. Equality, “activism,” human rights, democracy, and unqualified freedom all need to be cut out in full to reconstruct a lasting traditional society.
To advocate for the immediate political secession of the South is to advocate for a half-measure, and a poor one at that. It is an appeal to the masses, and demonstrates an implicit belief and willingness to work within the American democratic system, a thing that has proven to be nothing short of the South’s sworn enemy. I’m not sure what can convince people that it is a pipe dream more than the last 150 years of US history, not to mention the decades of futile striving for relevance from Southern secessionists. They will always fail because their strategy is to keep out an enemy which now makes itself at home in nearly every corner of the South. They want to secede politically, or apply a government solution, to “fix” the progressivism infesting the contemporary South, a social problem. What is needed is a social solution, which begins with a correct and accurate diagnosis of the problem: Americanism.
Americanism is inherently populist, egalitarian, imperialistic, progressive, ultracapitalist, poisonous. It has spread to all corners of the world, wreaking havoc from Europe to Japan to India to Iraq to Hawaii, attacking traditional ways of life, demanding a lockstep conformity and a McDonalds on every corner. Americanism is not simply political; it seeks to conquer “hearts and minds,” to root out and crush all forms of spiritual dissent. The South has been stewing in this noxious brew since 1865, especially despised and targeted because we were among the first to openly defy the self-ordained, self-righteous prophets of the American worldview.
The rift is not simply between the South and some small collection of Bad People; not between the South and Washington D.C.; not between the South and the Constitution. The rift is between the South and America. And the rift is being closed at a startling rate. The South is today infected with Americanism to the bone; her people have accepted and fawn over the lies of rights without responsibilities, of multiculturalism, of unrestrained freedom from God’s Law. Political secession is a pipe dream because of this infection, and spending one’s life advocating for it is counterproductive and wasteful. Even if the Southern states seceded tomorrow, the disease would remain and would soon pervert any efforts to govern ourselves effectively.
Southern secessionists have numbers, and resources. But they will continue to spin their wheels unless they redefine secession to mean the purging of Americanism in not only its political but its mental and spiritual manifestations. To do this the South needs real leaders, Rightist, aristocratic leadership, not populist demagogues. Holding protests and demonstrations and appealing to the will of “the People” is what created this mess we are in in the first place. Huey Long already came and went, achieving nothing but pushing us towards socialism. Rebuilding the South can only be achieved by eliminating the Leftist elements which have infiltrated our society, first by force and then by misguided will, since 1865. This can’t be done with a mass movement, or mob of activists. It can only be done by reconstituting a Southern aristocracy and taking back possession of our society by force.
The problem, in short, is not simply democracy, or populism, or equality, or modernity, although these are all symptoms. The problem is Americanism in its entirety, and it must be rejected fully and outright if we want to salvage our Southern worldview and way of life. We should stop considering ourselves American in the least, because we are not and never really have been no matter what document our forefathers happened to sign. We are Southerners first and last, we are distinct, we are anti-American; or rather, to be American is to be anti-Southern. To my Southern secessionist brethren: by all means, continue to push for secession, but a spiritual secession must come before a political secession will have a chance of being a lasting success.