A growing number of people are opening their eyes to the reality of Americanism. Rod Dreher writes at The American Conservative in an article titled “Christianity’s American Problem”:
Business as usual is over, church people. There will be no “taking our country back”; you will be lucky if our country’s fast-emerging culture doesn’t take our faith away from our kids. Don’t you doubt it. If you have been the sort of Christian who equated Christianity with the American way of life, you had better rethink that, and fast.
Dreher notes that “In the current age, not only has Christianity lost its hold on America, but America, rather, is conquering Christianity.” He quotes Will Wilkinson at The Economist as describing the bourgeois and Progressive mentality of Americanism as “a frontier creed of freedom, of the inviolability of individual conscience and salvation as self-realisation.” Southern traditionalists would surely find much to agree with on this point.
Russian geopolitical theorist Alexander Dugin digs even deeper in this assessment, arguing in Eurasian Mission: An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism (Akrtos, 2014) that “The liberalism that is at the heart of American society and the individualism that forms its core values should be accepted as basic features of American identity. That is the birthmark of the artificial construction of American society as a laboratory project of Western modernity.” Dugin notes “To be American means to be liberal, individualistic, progressive and modern.”
On the other hand, the South is an organic place, people and culture – or at least it is to the degree that Americanism is not trampling upon it.