[From "Notes on the Third Reconstruction"]
Previously, I took the view that there were three periods of Reconstruction on the South. The First Reconstruction began in 1865 at Appomattox and ended in 1877 with the withdrawal of the last Reconstruction soldiers from Dixie. The Second Reconstruction began in 1954 with Brown v Board of Education and ended in 1972 when George Wallace forced Richard Nixon to embrace an anti-busing position, something I previously outlined here. The Third Reconstruction began in 2015 with the Charleston Church shooting and is going on to this day, having picked up considerable steam in the past few months. However, the more I study, the more I am convinced that there are actually four Reconstruction periods. The first two Reconstructions remain unchanged, but I now realize that there was a Third Reconstruction during the 1990s, beginning in 1991 and ending in 2001. What I previously considered the Third Reconstruction is actually the Fourth Reconstruction (our present situation).
The true Third Reconstruction began in 1991, one of the most important years in human history. It is this year that the Soviet Union fell and Marxists had to abandon their economic focus and shift fully to the Culture War – embracing anti-racism (anti-Western civilization), feminism (anti-masculinity) and the alphabet soup identities (anti-procreation). It was also that year that, with the fall of the Soviet Union, globalism was left unchallenged . In the U.S., 1991 would also see the emergence of the Clinton takeover of the Democratic Party, completing the transformation of what was the pro-worker, pro-Dixie, virtually Christian Democratic Party of my grandfather to a party that was willing to sell out workers for free trade and celebrate infanticide. And, more directly related to Dixie, it was this same year the NAACP issued a proclamation condemning the use of the Confederate flag.
Part of the reason I didn’t think the 1990s constituted the Third Reconstruction was how idyllic that time period appeared to be when I was growing up. It was a world where the Old South still lived, Confederate flags were commonplace, and we still had men like M.E. Bradford with us. “Unreconstructed” was a compliment in those days. But, as I have studied the era with clearer eyes, I realize things were not as rosy as they appeared to be. It was a decade of several significant terrorist attacks, a ton of racial tension, and horrific school shootings just to name a few. It was also a time when the Republican Party began to win elections, outside the presidency, with some consistency in Dixie. While a surface level critique would suggest that this was simply the result of the national Democratic Party moving leftward and that Dixie just replaced conservative Democrats with conservative Republicans, the truth is much more complicated as there was a distinct difference between the conservative Democrats of Dixie’s past and the conservative Republicans of the 1990s onward. The former was a conservatism of a particular people and their preservation, the latter was a conservatism of corporate profits and military spending.
It was during the 1990s that these newly elected Republicans began to dole out the incentives to come to Dixie, under the auspices of “creating jobs” and being “pro-business.” It worked for a while, but with this job growth came new people that did not share our values. Until the 1980s, virtually the entire native population of Dixie could claim membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United Daughters of the Confederacy, now we’re being pushed out by newcomers to such a point that we joke if Atlanta is even still in the South, and how in Florida the farther south you go, the further “north” you get.
Now I see that what occurred in the 1990s helped create the political climate of today and what victories we did gain was merely an illusion. We lost because we allowed the subtle subversion of our culture to take place, the fruits of which are being felt today. I liken what happened during the 1990s to AIDS. When the body is first infected with the HIV virus, the person will have flu like symptoms for two weeks before they recover. That’s when the virus is working its way into the body. Years later, the problems really start as the immune system has been ravished. And, such is the case with Dixie (along with the rest of America). The battles we were fighting were small potatoes compared to what had gone on before, but it was even more destructive in many ways as it destroyed the long-term ability for Dixie to push back.
When future historians write about how efficient the Fourth Reconstruction was, I think the events of the 1990s will be seen as particularly important. Yes, I know the history of the Fourth Reconstruction has yet to be completed, but it isn’t looking good and that they were able to push things this far is remarkable and frankly frightening. It would have been unthinkable at any point in the past and it didn’t come out of the blue, it was simply the 1990s baring fruit. It was the era when we were promised that in exchange for assimilation, we could become wealthy. Far too many of our people took it, especially the politically well-connected. Due to the problems of that decade, Dixie was unable to produce a new generation of leadership to guide her during tough times, and boy are these ever tough times. The 1990s may have looked great at the time, but good times don’t forge strong men – were living through that now. The good news is that tough times do forge strong men.
Keep the faith. We’re not dead yet.