As a child in school in southern California in the 70’s, I was quite puzzled to be classified as an “Anglo”. This strange racial classification was applied to white, European children with the idea that their native language and culture was supposedly English as opposed to the mestizo, Mexican children whose native language and culture was- I won’t say Spanish; the term prefered then was not Hispanic or Latino, but Chicano, a term from radical Mexican politics meaning “poor ones”.
I have in fact no English ancestry at all; inasmuch as I am half Irish I ought to have found it offensive, but it just struck me as stupid. Politics and culture in California were just starting to get stupid, though, and they have come a long way in the last three or four decades.
In the world of the Southern partisan I’m not an “Anglo”- they reserve the glories of English culture for themselves- but a “Yankee”. Again this term is quite puzzling. None of my ancestors came from New England or ever lived in New England. Again, I have no English ancestry. None of my ancestors were Protestants of any kind, especially not Puritans. The families of both my father and mother settled in Michigan and never went east or south. My mother’s liberalism was admittedly of a social-climbing kind, but my father’s was strictly class and ethnic loyalty.
History interests me quite a bit, but the past not very much. History studies the past, to find eternal truths that are still relevant today. History draws a straight line from Tiberius Gracchus to the Black Shirts to the white worker displaced by legal and illegal immigration today. The past is, well, just the past.
The future is the future of positive, productive people living in an orderly, just society under the rule of law- mostly white people, but not all white people, and including non-whites who want to live in such a society. I don’t see a future for blacks- they have pretty much all committed themselves to servitude of the system. Things will either remain the same for them or more likely, get steadily worse.
I have never really thought of myself as a white nationalist, but ultimately a good society is a white society, again with civilized participation from other races. We need strong, healthy white societies wherever white Europeans live in significant numbers- North America, Australia, Europe, even Latin America.
But it seems to me that white Southerners, Southern partisans in particular, don’t see themselves as part of this. In general they see themselves as a society separate from other Europeans. Their goal is to establish their own independence with no care for anyone else.
Southern partisans see all whites outside the South- all in the North and West- as “Yankees”, a strange and totalitarian people who hate them and their culture and are intent on dominating and destroying it. In my personal experience, if you get a large group of people together from all over the US, it will Southerners who stand out for their arrogance and chauvinism.
The South- by which we mean the states where chattel slavery of blacks was practiced on a large scale- is perceived by Southern partisans to be a culturally, socially, economically and politically homogenous and potentially autonomous area. But it’s not.
The South has always been tightly politically connected to the rest of the country. It degree of control of the federal government has always been an obsession in the South; and through most of US history the South has had a high and disproportionate degree of control over it. The South has always funneled as much federal money to itself as it could. It could export cotton and textiles from its own ports, but has wanted a captive domestic market, so their has been a lot of protectionism for textiles.
One area in which the South has been strong recently is manufacturing; foreign automakers in particular have chosen to build factories, usually with a lot of local subsidies, away from the influence of the UAW. The South certainly can’t afford to alienate foreign investors.
What we think of as “Southern” culture is not at all unique to the South, but just the rural culture everywhere. Country is indeed countrywide.
The South is never going to secede from the US, seal its borders and resegregate itself. It is too tightly wrapped up with the rest of the country and the world. Alternative history and counterfactuals are moot at this point. The South will be of no help for a new political future. It produces machine politicians like George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee barely distinguishable from their northern counterparts.
For the forseeable future whites- or anyone else hoping for a future independent of a dying system- is going to have to concentrate on building alliances, communities, skills and assets independent of and beyond the reach of it. Will English whites- Northern or Southern, Puritan, Quaker, Yankee, Cavalier or Scots-Irish have any part in this? I don’t see it happening, but I may be wrong.