The Communist/Confederate Connection

Nicely alliterative isn’t it? I noticed some time ago that when the Civil War comes up in movies it is the Confederate side that is treated with sympathy. “The Outlaw Josey Wales” is an obvious example, more recently “Open Range”, and recently on The Belmont Club a few excerpts from “Shane” were used for illustration. I was surprised, but shouldn’t have been, that the bad guys are Yankees.

A former Communist named Eugene Genovese wrote a book about the antebellum South, “Roll Jordan Roll”, which I have not read, but which is supposed to be highly sympathetic. When I have some time I think I will look into this.

An ordered, hierarchical, authoritarian society where everyone knows their place and submits respectfully to the elite is of course what socialists want. The way dissent was dealt with is appealing to- physically violent humiliation for the lower, socially violent humiliation for those not subject to the first.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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