Thoughts on a Confederate Flag in a Local School

During a Veteran’s Day assembly, local high school students carried several historical American flags, including the Confederate battle flag. Outrage ensued, followed quickly by apologizing by school staff. As I noted at the start of the Confederate Identity Project, the appearance of the flag locally troubled me. It was as if the old, bad ways … Continue reading Thoughts on a Confederate Flag in a Local School

When compromise ends, war begins

As unimportant as it may seem to left-side political commentators now, the Civil War was in fact brought on by an inability to compromise. It’s worth remembering that although slavery was widespread throughout the Western Hemisphere, only in the United States did it come to an end through war—the bloodiest conflict in American history. Why? … Continue reading When compromise ends, war begins

What Catalonia and the Confederacy have in Common

The near-revolution in Catalonia, where violence broke out as Spanish authorities attempted to intervene in the region's independence vote, and the regional legislature has now voted for secession and drawn a rebuke from the federal government, has something to tell us about Confederacy. That is, it speaks to a version of nationalism the South once … Continue reading What Catalonia and the Confederacy have in Common

WaPost: How the Russians pretended to be Texans — and Texans believed them

The Heart of Texas was the most popular pro-secession page on Facebook. It turned out to be run by Russians, who only needed a cartoonish understanding of Confederate feelings to rack up millions of views. As Casey Michel writes in the Washington Post: "Its organizers had a strangely one-dimensional idea of its subject. They seemed … Continue reading WaPost: How the Russians pretended to be Texans — and Texans believed them

Look beyond the Swastikas in Charlottesville

The abominable violence in Charlottesville is hard to understand, but it is important we try to comprehend the dynamics that took us there. I don’t pretend to know enough about the details -- the groups involved, the planning of the event, what was said by the speakers, the timeline of police action, the counter protesters … Continue reading Look beyond the Swastikas in Charlottesville