George Fitzhugh (1806-1881), one of the South’s most important social theorists, reminds us in his essential Cannibals All!, or Slaves Without Masters that tradition and our unique experience, are the true basis for our social organization. There is nothing sacred or particularly special about constitutions and precise forms of government and law. To the degree that Southerners are permitted in the present system of Post-Modern America to govern ourselves, we do so as a distinct people with a unique heritage and worldview – whether we realize this or not:
[I]n truth, our laws and government are either old Anglo-Saxon prescriptive arrangements, or else the gradual accretions of time, circumstance, and necessity. Throw our paper platforms, preambles and resolutions, guarantied and constitutions, into the fire, and we should be none the worse off, provided we retained our institutions – and the necessities that begot , and have, so far, continued them.
Our traditions today are attacked on all fronts, as are our symbols. Even our demographic survival is in question due to imposed US open borders and Third World immigration. Many of our institutions are long destroyed. And yet, we still continue to distinguish ourselves in the Post-Modern USA. So long as we survive, our essence and tradition will truly determine how we govern and conduct ourselves, just as Fitzhugh explained a century and a half ago. The US Modernist praise of supposedly universal ideals on scraps of paper (constitutionalism) as the basis for ruling over multi-national populations is folly.