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February 15, 2011 10:00 AM Where Professors Are Guest Speakers

By Daniel Luzer

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Thomas DiLorenzo, an economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, testified at a House subcommittee hearing last week. He spoke about the Federal Reserve. But according to an article by Childs Walker in the Baltimore Sun, it didn’t go so well. As Walker wrote:

Rep. William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from St. Louis, quickly raised questions about DiLorenzo’s ties to the League of the South, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The League of the South describes itself as “a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic.” In a statement on its website, the board of directors say that “we bear no ill will or hatred to any racial, ethnic, or religious group.”

Wait, there’s an extant group that calls for the secession of Southern states from the union?

Yes, apparently there is. This group,

Believes that Southern culture is distinct from, and in opposition to, the corrupt mainstream American culture. Therefore, we stand for our own sublime cultural inheritance and seek to separate ourselves from the cultural rot that is American culture.
The League of the South asserts that Southern society is radically different from the society impressed upon it by an alien occupier. American society today is egalitarian and Marxist and is devoid of any grace or charm.

In addition, the League of the South (logo above) maintains that,

The South still reveres the tenets of our historic Christian faith and acknowledges its supremacy over man-made laws and opinions; that our Christian faith provides the surest means of securing the welfare of all mankind; and that our primary allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.

Even the Confederate States of America didn’t go that far.

DiLorenzo, the author of a book called The Real Lincoln: A New Look a Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War and a man who occasionally refers to the Civil War as the “War to Prevent Southern Independence,” explained that his talk to the League of the South was merely about Civil War economics. Furthermore, he gave the talk in 1998.

Yes, but you gave a talk to that group. It favors succession from the United States. It has the confederate flag on its website, dude! [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer

Comments

  • Marktropolis on February 15, 2011 11:15 AM:

    The questions about DiLorenzo do need to be answered. But the lingering issue for me is this: which GOP Rep thought it was a good idea to invite him? And what does that say about his or her views on the Confederacy?

  • MR Bill on February 16, 2011 7:52 AM:

    I am a lifelong southerner, and I am bloody sick of the pretensions and false history of certain sort of Totemic Southerner, exemplified by this snide Hayekian economist, who thinks his ideas about southern identity are privileged. His notions of the relevance of his fantasy Dixie, compounded of bad, incomplete, and biased telling of the past; the sort of military hagiography that tell us the War coulda been won, dangit; blinkered and willful ignorance to the evil of slavery, aristocracy, and an abusive Christianity; and brave images taken mostly from Hollywood box office hokum like Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind, is just wrong. There are as many Souths as Southerners, and this groups claim to have the 'real South' is just evil.
    I have ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and the Union. Sometimes they where the same person: disillusioned over the corruption and obvious failure of the South's government, many in the Southern Appalachians actively opposed the Confederacy and supported the Union.
    This attempt to write me out of the South, and claim authenticity is just another rightist power grab.