History and Historiography

The Confederacy Was an Antidemocratic, Centralized State

Unlike the “Union,” whose principal task was Westward expansion and Native American genocide. The Unionists didn’t want the Confederates to take their slaves westward because northern industrialists employing wage labor didn’t want to have to compete with slave labor. And there were plenty of Unionists who didn’t want any blacks in the country period, not even as slaves.

Of course, we have a thriving decentralized, direct democracy in the US today, which is downright Bookchinite if not Kropotkinist. It figures an article this stupid would appear The Atlantic, the Voice of Latte Liberalism.

By Stephanie McCurry

The Atlantic

Americans are now debating the fate of memorials to the Confederacy—statues, flags, and names on Army bases, streets, schools, and college dormitories. A century and a half of propaganda has successfully obscured the nature of the Confederate cause and its bloody history, wrapping it in myth. But the Confederacy is not part of “our American heritage,” as President Donald Trump recently claimed, nor should it stand as a libertarian symbol of small government and resistance to federal tyranny. For the four years of its existence, until it was forced to surrender, the Confederate States of America was a pro-slavery nation at war against the United States. The C.S.A. was a big, centralized state, devoted to securing a society in which enslavement to white people was the permanent and inherited condition of all people of African descent.

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