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.”