An interesting feature of I’ll Take My Stand and a feature which made it obnoxious or incomprehensible to many was the fact that it was both anti-socialist and anti-capitalist. Before the public at a time when socialism in the guise of the New Deal was about to challenge American capitalism, it presented a third alternative in the form of a conservative agrarian social order.
…Socialism is by definition anti-conservative, and capitalism cannot be conservative in the true sense as long as its reliance is upon industrialism, whose very nature it is to unsettle any establishment and initiate the endless inovation of technological “progress.”
Once again, we see the theme of Dixie’s Classical or pre-Modern values in opposition to American Modernist values and bourgeois mentality. And we see too how the Classical values and social order of the Golden Circle do not fit neatly on the present limited Left-Right spectrum. They are rooted in an organic social reality which continues to offer hope to Southerners trapped in a destructive system of exploitation and alienation.