American Conservatism at Work?

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Elizabeth Wright’s article Mississippi Goes Global is but one more example of how modern day conservatives have no interest in actually conserving anything of any importance.
That is why as a natural conservative I am always hesitant to use the term conservative since it has been hi jacked by what Daniel MccArthy astutely calls “business liberals”, these economic liberals actually have very little interest in actually conserving land, traditions and the culture that comes from the people rooted in a particular piece of soil. They only care about about economic progress and will use the state(ironically) to destroy that land in the name of economic progressiveness.


So, we learn that Mississippi too must “take its place in the global economy.” Or so a cluster of black families are being told, as they resist their removal from land they have owned in Canton, Mississippi, for 60 years.

Having outbid every other competing state for a Nissan truck factory, the government of Mississippi means business. The stubborn Archie and Bouldin families will have to yield as the bulldozers close in on their land. Their homes are now located on property where Nissan plans to build a parking lot and an access road.

Although the state has offered the two families more than a half-million dollars for their land, they have chosen to go to court to challenge the condemnation procedure. The Washington Post quotes Lonzo Archie, a welder, as saying, ”

“My grandfather bought this land in 1941. There’s 15 of our families right around here, and none of them want to live anywhere else. But then the state comes in and pushes us around and tells us they’re going to turn our land over to a private company. It’s not right.”

Officials of the state’s economic development bureau candidly claim that a higher principle is involved in the need to seize this property–that is, according to the Post, the state’s need to demonstrate to businesses around the country that it is “utterly serious about attracting big corporate investments.” And, furthermore, says a state official, “What’s important is the message it would send to other companies if we are unable to do what we said we would do. If you make a promise to a company like Nissan, you have to be able to follow through.”

8 thoughts on “American Conservatism at Work?

    • On some of my profiles I say align with paleoconservatives and on Twitter(if one goes by lists I’m added to) I am identified with them and the AltRight by outsiders. But these days even that term is wanting. Might not be anything left conserving.

      • I’m curious: in what way is that term not applicable to you, or deficient or whatever? That might be a post in itself, of course. 🙂

      • Or what is deficient with them? I have my issues with the Chronicles crowd: their utter blindness to men’s issues. Generational, largely, I realize, but their dismissal of our concerns, I find grating. But other than that, and their obsession with eastern Europe, I’m largely in agreement with most of their POV.

  1. I like Traditionalist because its sort of implies that its beyond the political. But my issue with Paleoconservatism (Chronicles brand and even Gottfried’s more Altrightist brand) is they still support democracy fully. While I’m not quite sure about it, it seems the end result of democracy is Liberalism.

    • I hear ya. I am a Canadian-style paleo, more Tory than U.S. style paleo, and I’ve said that one major problem with American paleoconservatism is it’s still trying to conserve America’s fundamentally liberal founding ethos (even though that be classical liberalism, far superior to the modern prog variant); and as such, it’s a paradox, an impossibility, to try to have a conservatism that preserves liberalism. As such, to some extent, paleoconservatism is a bit of a fool’s errand. But its heart is in the right place, at least.

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  3. One of the reason why I try to convince some here to hold onto land, property, etc and not flicker at the first mention of a dollar. It’s interesting to me that it’s a commonality of our people here. I’m sure there are others, but I can only speak of here. In addition, love this home less the stairs, but understand the placement. I’d assume it was built with flooding in mind…maybe.

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