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Race in the Southern Independence Debate

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Race in the Southern Independence Debate

“We were born on the same soil, live on the same land, and why should we not be brothers and sisters?” — Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest addressing the black community of Memphis at the city Fairgrounds, July 5, 1875 From the beginning there have been a few individuals in the League of the South who wish to make race the principal issue and also those who want to deny its importance altogether. Neither of these, I believe, are tenable positions. On the one hand, those who have criticized the League for our refusal to make race the “be all and end all” of our efforts are largely atheistic, scientific racialists who believe in evolution. But as the late M. E. Bradford noted, Southerners are not in the business of measuring skulls. On the other, there are some who wish to ignore the race issue completely in hopes that it will solve itself. But as Southerners, we know, rightly or wrongly, that race is a factor in nearly every issue in Dixie. Thus, we cannot run from a reasoned discussion of it and all its implications. Recently, I heard someone (not a League member, by the way) propose that after independence we must negotiate with responsible black leaders to see who gets what piece of real estate. I don’t know about this fellow, but Alabama is my home and I plan on staying here, God willing. Such silly ideas merit no serious discussion. Blacks make up about a quarter of the South’s population, a demographic fact that cannot be ignored. Therefore the relationship between Southern whites and Southern blacks must be approached in a realistic manner, and “tribal homelands” are anything but realistic. Each time the League leadership addresses itself to the issue of race, the policy we advance must be free of hatred and malice. This has been our position from the start. Though many blacks may be taught to hate us in their homes and institutions, our response to them must be grounded in Christian charity. Now, some will surely see this as a sign of weakness, but if you do it’s because you simply don’t understand the tenets of the Christian faith. No less a man than Rev. Robert Lewis Dabney noted over a century ago that Southern whites recognized an obligation to treat Christian blacks (slave and free) as brothers in Christ, and to recognize their common humanity (original sin, all created in God’s image, etc.). Moreover, all (except those convicted of felonious offenses) should have their lives, liberties, and property protected by the civil magistrate. This does not mean, however, that we must subscribe to the flawed Jacobin notion of egalitarianism, nor does it mean that white Southerners should give control over their civilization and its institutions to another race, whether it be native blacks or Hispanic immigrants. Nowhere, outside of liberal dogma, is any nation called upon to commit cultural and ethnic suicide. Furthermore, our surrender would ultimately be regretted by all parties as the remaining liberties were squandered by those who had no desire to preserve the Eurocentric, (and therefore “racist”), institution of the rule of law. Let us in the League, then, confidently defend our ethnic, cultural, and religious heritage. After all, we have as much right to do this as anyone....

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Defense of the Second Amendment

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Defense of the Second Amendment

The League of the South gives its unequivocal support to the people’s right to keep and bears arms as articulated in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and in the various state constitutions. Our Founders understood that the right of the citizenry to possess and use firearms was a necessary means of self-protection, a fundamental right that came from our Creator. While firearms have always been used for hunting and sporting purpose, they were, according to the Founders, to be used, if necessary, by law-abiding citizens primarily to check the rise of tyrannical government. For this purpose, our forefathers affirmed the necessity of well-regulated, State-controlled militias comprised of ordinary citizen-soldiers. Today, the American Empire seeks to create a monopoly over the legitimate use of force. By creating large standing armed forces, coupled with some 80,000 well-armed Federal agents and a federalized National Guard, the central government has at its disposal massive firepower that could, upon declaration of some national emergency and martial law, be used against its own citizenry. In fact, history shows that large standing military (and paramilitary) forces have most often been employed against domestic, rather than foreign, “enemies.” After the debacles at Waco and Ruby Ridge, the League of the South places little trust in the central government’s ability (or desire) to use its armed forces in a responsible manner. The League is quick to draw a distinction between legitimate militias that operate under State authority and private militias comprised of hotheaded, Rambo types that are answerable to no duly constituted civil authority. Lacking political control and regulation by the governments of the Sovereign States, these private militias often advocate “offensive” actions against whomever they deem as their enemies. We do not deny that under the Constitution private citizens have the right to arm themselves and to peaceably assemble. Therefore, we have no problem with those “militias” that are made up of law-abiding citizens and whose main purpose is defensive (i.e. to protect their lives, liberties, and properties). George Mason wrote about the time the Bill of Rights was ratified: “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. . . . To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Compare the words of this statesman with those of our current crop of politicians, both Democrat and Republican, and you will see how low we have sunk in terms of our willingness to defend our ancient liberties. It must be remembered that there was virtually no “militia movement” (of either the good or bad sort) in the United States until after the Federal excesses at Waco and Ruby Ridge. Therefore, contrary to the various “militia watchdog” groups, the federal government — and not those who decided to join militias — is responsible for creating the current crisis over the Second Amendment. Various Federal gun control laws, which the League opposes, make it clear that Washington, DC, fears firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Governments that disarm their citizens do so as a prelude to depriving those citizens of civil and political rights. There is simply no way that today’s liberal socialists and false conservatives will ever concede that the people have a right to defend themselves against tyrannical government, and anyone who says that...

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Secession

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Secession

The League of the South’s goal is good government for the Southern People. We believe secession is the best way to restore good government to the South. Since 1861, the republican system of government established by the Founders has been steadily eroded. Today that government has become the cruel master rather than the obedient servant of the citizens of the several states. We see no way of reforming the corruption within the present system; therefore, the League of the South shall seek to spread acceptance of the idea of secession among the people of the South. We believe in the Jeffersonian principle that free people may change their government if over a long period of time it refuses to protect their lives, liberty, and property. As the present government of the United States has violated the original compact of 1789 and no longer offers its citizens such protection, we believe that the time has come for the Southern states to consider the merits of secession. The League of the South does not advocate the overthrow of the government of the United States; rather, we wish to leave peaceably and form our own nation or nations, as the people of the South shall freely decide. Secession is neither premature, impractical, nor illegal. The time is right for separation and the establishment of local self-rule. Secession is already being seriously debated in several western states and in Canada. The recent break-up of the Soviet Empire has hastened such movements all across Eastern Europe. There is even a serious national separatist movement in Scotland. The South is clearly lagging behind in the drive for self-determination, undoubtedly because many Southerners believe secession is illegal because the Southern states were forced to renounce and repeal their secession ordinances under the duress of military occupation during the Reconstruction era. However, the right of secession is nothing more than the right of sovereign states to recall the powers they delegated to the federal government when they ratified the constitution. This right cannot be renounced because the right to liberty and self-determination is an inalienable right given by God. Therefore, secession is not illegal or unconstitutional. Secession is still a practical alternative to the further dissolution and chaos of a virtually ungovernable union. We must act boldly and take advantage of a Providential cultural and political climate. If we hesitate, we lose. If the thirteen states of the old Confederacy were a nation, its GNP would place it among the top five or six nations of the world. Its laws would better reflect the natural conservatism and Christian roots of the Southern people. Our laws on gun control, abortion, school prayer, and immigration would without question be different. We could establish a confederation of states and make the provisions of the Tenth Amendment a reality. We could follow George Washington’s sage advice about “entangling alliances.” We could leave the United Nations and oppose the New World Order. We could stop foreign aid. We could once again reward merit. We could get government out of our children’s education. In a word, we could again seize control of our own destiny. In order to make secession work, we must be tough-minded and willing to stand up to the forces of tyranny that are loose in the land. We must...

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Taxation

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Taxation

The following position statements reflect the League of the South’s vision for a new Southern nation; however, as long as the Southern people choose to remain within the present union, we advocate the same positions in hopes that they will alleviate somewhat the conditions of our present servitude. TAXATION: Current U.S. tax policy is tantamount to theft. The massive confiscation and re-distribution of wealth by the IRS through a graduated, progressive income tax has undermined both the economic and social well being of the country. Currently, the average American pays over 40% of their income in one form of taxation or another. The League of the South advocates the total dismantling of the present system of taxation, including all federal excise, capital gains, inheritance, and compulsory payroll taxes. In place of the current system, we propose the following customs duties of no more than 20% on imported goods (a revenue tariff) and a truly voluntary flat tax of no more than 3% on all incomes to be collected annually by the revenue departments of the several sovereign states. This system will have two advantages over and above the obvious ones: 1) it will force the federal government to behave responsibly and constitutionally or else risk losing the voluntary tax compliance of its citizens – we believe that patriotic citizens will happily contribute to a general government that is constitutionally limited and recognizes that it is the agent and the states are the principals in the original compact of 1789; and 2) it will force the federal government to acknowledge the sovereignty of the several states or risk having the states withhold tax revenues from Washington. Thus we have two levels of protection against an abusive federal government – the individual taxpayer and the sovereign state. On the state level, we propose that there be no taxes levied on housing, land, capital gains, inheritance, and personal and family incomes. Instead, the states should generate revenue by a modest 2% sales tax on all goods and services sold within their borders and a modest tax on all corporations not headquartered within their borders. Postscript on Tax Compliance: While we cannot and do not wish to bind the individual consciences of our members on the issue of tax compliance, the League of the South, as an organization, does not advocate any sort of tax evasion. We are working toward a goal, that if successful, will take care of this issue. We will spend our time and energy formulating ideas to restructure the present system while we operate within the current political system. Moreover, we will also formulate a fair and just tax code for a new Southern nation. This is a most serious issue. The League of the South must not, and will not become a vehicle for tax protestors. There are other organizations that serve this purpose. Our goal – Southern independence – must remain uppermost in our minds. If successful, this will allow us to institute changes that will solve a number of current problems, including the one of unfair...

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World View

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World View

The goal of the League of the South is the cultural, social, economic, and political independence and well being of the Southern people. We affirm the proud legacy of our predominantly Anglo-Celtic civilization with no apology. We lay proper claim to the political vision of America’s Founders, to the heroic struggle of our Confederate ancestors against “consolidated” government, and to our underlying Christian heritage. Since the War for Southern Independence, the Republican system of government established by the Founders has been steadily eroded. The principles of true federalism and State’s Rights are no longer operative. The League of the South does NOT advocate the overthrow of the United States government. We do, however, believe in the Jeffersonian principle that free people may change their government if, over a long period of time, it becomes destructive of life, liberty, and property. Consequently, we reject the central government’s continuing usurpation of state sovereignty and support the restoration of self-government to the Southern people. If this means secession and formation of a Southern nation, then so be it. Self-government, as our forebears understood, is necessary for the preservation of ordered liberty. If the South were its own nation, its GNP would rank it in the top five nations of the world. Its laws would better reflect the natural conservatism and Christian roots of the Southern people. We could enjoy low taxes, sound money, secure private property rights, and a free-market economy. We could follow a foreign policy of armed neutrality, leave the UN and oppose the New World Order. We could once again reward merit and abolish the Welfare State and Affirmative Action. We could severely limit immigration. We could get government out of our children’s education. We could remove ourselves from the current judicial tyranny. In short, we could seize control of our destiny as a distinct people. The League of the South upholds the right of free association. Peoples of different cultures should pursue their own interests without interference from bureaucrats and social engineers who push such enormities as global democracy and multiculturalism. While uncompromising in our stand for Southern rights and identity, we disavow a spirit of malice. Rather, we extend an offer of cooperation to all peoples and groups in America and the world who share our love of liberty and our desire for self-rule. We invite you to join our patriotic...

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Preserving Traditional Southern Culture

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Preserving Traditional Southern Culture

The League of the South disavows a spirit of malice toward any group and extends an offer of Christian goodwill and cooperation to all who wish to see the South a free and independent nation based on the principles of free association and ordered liberty. The League of the South believes that all groups should be free to pursue their own interests without the help or hindrance of government, and since we support free association within local, self-governing communities, we think governments should force neither segregation nor integration. The League of the South seeks to protect the historic Anglo-Celtic core culture of the South because the Scots, Irish, Welsh, and English have given Dixie its unique institutions and civilization. Should the Christian, Anglo-Celtic core be displaced, then the South would cease to be recognizable to us and our progeny. We must maintain this all-important link to our European heritage from which we have drawn our inspiration. Anglo-Celtic Southerners and their European cousins have a duty to protect that which our ancestors bequeathed us. If we will not promote our own interests, no one will do it for...

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