Hunter Wallace at Occidental Dissent has written a series of posts exploring what he argues was behind the economic and political failure of the Confederacy and the subsequent relegation of Dixie to the status of a US economic colony.
In Southern Nationalism and Radical Centrists he argues that a strong state is necessary for prosperity in an independent South. Wallace laments the “dominance of Jeffersonianism in Southern Nationalism, largely due to the influence of the Abbeville Institute which still seems to mentally live in the Confederacy.”
In Confederate Constitution and Jeffersonianism Wallace points out how free trade and libertarian economics were written into the Confederacy’s founding document. He describes the minimalist, decentralized government as a “nice pipe dream that was swiftly dispelled by the realities of war.” The writer points out that Richmond was forced to adopt socialist measures that were “too little too late.”
Most recently, in James D. B. DeBow and Southern Industrialization Wallace writes about a leading Southern nationalist intellectual’s support for industrialization and economic independence.