Violence Is An Artifact Of America's History Chest

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You need to get a life, conservatives, if you are excited by the vicarious thrill of tough talk with North Korea. Seriously, you are hyped by bully threats? And who thinks the street brawl in Charlottesville and its state of emergency is about a stature, that still stands?

In a lateral world of violence driven by wealth, those left behind the honey pot turn their frustration and pain to the psychological greed of division and hate. Their violence deflects and goes horizontal–it brings confusion. That confusion avoids recognizing the contemporary ties between violence and wealth, and today’s proxy wars over power and ideology. As we see in Charlottesville, contemporary violence as isolated incidents, or organized for an ideological agenda, or to affirm national hegemony ties the violent continuity of the Right to fights that go back to Cuba and civil rights–and to the Civil War.

Does the new alt-right political correctness—expressed with shields and clubs–honor a defeated war general with an army of the 11 states that broke with the Union (the constitution does not provide for succession!) to fight for state rights?

The principle right defended by Lee’s army–expressed in every state’s Articles of Secession—was the right of slavery: the right to buy, sell and own human beings different by color and heritage, an inviolate right according to the Articles of Texas, “a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery–the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits– a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.”

Texas also gave firm witness of opposition to diversity and equality: “non-slave-holding States proclaim the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color–a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of Divine Law.”

This idea, that equality and diversity threatens freedom, that opportunity means “giving away” what was fixed as white privilege, is why fights in the streets surround the surrendered general, who suggested in his last order, everybody “return home” to “avoid useless sacrifice.”

Time has degraded Lee’s recognition of “valour and devotion” to raw expressions of brutality and hate. With Nazi symbols and Confederate battle flags, the alt-right, spoiling for a fight, bring shame to the general they claim to honor. They want to dress slavery in new clothes by plying symbols of hate they call heritage. So far, we have three dead. Flag-wrapped in the hate of the past.

Trump false equivalency of the street violence in Charlottesville did not denounce David Duke specific linking the violence to Trump’s avowed campaign goal. Duke said the alt right was following Trump’s imperative and “taking our country back.”

But Trump’s bluster on North Korea, driven by the same, shared impulses, seem intent on blowing it up.

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(FILES) This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows members of the Ku Klux Klan and others arriving for a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017. A sizeable contingent of members of the extreme right and white nationalists are expected to descend on a small US university town on August 12, 2017 -- and a fierce opposition front is uniting against it.Thousands of white nationalists, including supporters of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, and anti-fascist activists are expected to clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, a sleepy town planning to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led Confederate forces in the US Civil War.  / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 08, 2017 shows members of the Ku Klux Klan and others arriving for a rally, calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
A sizeable contingent of members of the extreme right and white nationalists are expected to descend on a small US university town on August 12, 2017 — and a fierce opposition front is uniting against it.Thousands of white nationalists, including supporters of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group, and anti-fascist activists are expected to clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, a sleepy town planning to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, who led Confederate forces in the US Civil War.
/ AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images