As socially-conscious people, Southern nationalists face a question of what to do about the growing problems of places such as Ferguson, Missouri and Haiti. Baltimore, Birmingham, Memphis and North Charleston also immediately come to mind as failed urban centers afflicted with many problems resulting from the imposition of Modernist US bourgeois values and policies. The broader Black Belt region and Mississippi Delta, once prosperous and orderly regions, are also plagued by these problems of extreme poverty, failing schools, criminal violence, gangs, rampant drug consumption and political corruption. When facing these problems we look to our Christian faith, traditional patriarchal values and the lessons of our historical experience for solutions.
We at SF acknowledge the present US social order and welfare system to be a failure in the post-plantation world. We propose that it be replaced by a voluntary work program. Those able-bodied people in declining, chaotic areas such as Furguson who need security, housing, education and healthcare would be able to join the work program. They would be required to engage in productive labor and maintain a clean criminal record (and possibly pass periodic drug tests – a reform Florida was prevented from implementing by the unjust US court system) to receive tax-payer assistance. While in this program and receiving assistance they would be considered wards of the state and would forfeit certain privileges. Their housing areas would be heavily policed and outbursts of violence and rioting would not be tolerated. They would be free to leave the program at any time and once they did so and left the assisted worker housing areas they would regain their forfeited privileges. Those physically unable to work and provide for themselves could remain in the program as long as they wished. The housing areas would not be built adjacent to productive, safe neighborhoods. There would be optional ethno-cultural zones that workers could join to rebuild their community ties and live with those who share their identity. This proposed reform is based as closely as possible on a model of directed labor, hierarchy and patriarchal oversight under which the plantation civilization flourished and enjoyed a high level of culture and influence.
Haitian poverty and emigration has been a persistent problem for the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Dixie and other post-plantation societies. Haiti has long been a failed state, dependent upon outside aid to feed, educate and house its population.
We might work out a deal with Haiti to provide jobs, food, housing, education and healthcare in exchange for leasing a significantly sized piece of land in Haiti on which we would operate a worker program much like we propose for Ferguson. It would be voluntary and those Haitians who lack the necessities of life could join it. It would operate for profit to repay Southern tax payers and would also operate under a moral and social code with the aim of providing patriarchal reform, bettering the lot of the Haitian people and ending the problem Haitian migration currently poses to the post-plantation world. We might eventually be assisted in operating this worker program by a Council of Golden Circle Nations, including the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil.
As Southern nationalists we are looking for long-term, moral and socially-conscious solutions to the problems our post-plantation civilization faces. We want to see our people and others of the former Golden Circle region secure and prosperous in stable, decent societies – something that the present US-led bourgeois and Modernist order has not been able to provide. Our values work. We know this from history. Theirs do not, as we see today in Ferguson and Haiti. It is time for some serious reforms.