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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Reality Of Fiction

But dishonest fictions, not only in the case of the Negro, but in all conceivable situations, seem to be the order of the day. Long ago the North said, in effect, that it would risk disturbing the equilibrium of it’s own traditional society if it could use the industrial revolution to amass a general total of wealth and improvements, which, if they should turn out to be ill-distributed, either could actually be redistributed in some way or other, or else could be pooled and used to purchase benefits for all. The North has argued that it could do this, and yet remain democratic. We now see before us some of the results of that choice. The near future, doubtless, will disclose more results. We keep the fiction of democracy, but behind the fiction, what do we see? The strongest central government we have ever known; the most elaborately restrictive and regulative laws; a continually increasing tendency of the government to call for and indeed to exact unanimity of opinion, to brook no criticism, to demand almost servile obedience.

Donald Davidson (1893-1968) is one of my favorite writers. He was a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he became a member of the Fugitives, a group of men who wrote pro-Southern Agrarian poetry and essays. The above was an excerpt from his book Still Rebels, Still Yankees, published in 1933.

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Blogger Johann said...

That's excellent!

June 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

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