a 'Hate Group' Hates: A Counterintelligence Report
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: My
Associations with Liars, Bigots, and Murderers
The main source
of the lies about me that were told by Congressman William Lacy
Clay (D-Big Banks) at Congressman Ron Paul’s Fed hearing on February
9 was the far left-wing, big government-worshipping hate group known
as the Southern Poverty Law Center. Referring to one of its laughingly-named
"intelligence reports," the SPLC misinformed Clay that
I "work for" an alleged "hate group" called
The League of the South. I do not, and never have. (I did lecture
to some summer seminar students about nineteenth century economic
policy at the invitation of Professors Donald Livingston of Emory
University and Clyde Wilson of the University of South Carolina
over a decade ago under the auspices of the League of the South
Institute, which they were trying to get started. Hate was not one
of the lecture topics at that summer seminar for students).
It is a testament
to the ignorance and bigotry of the "mainstream" media
that any organization with the word "South" in its title
is so automatically labeled a "hate group," or worse.
After the hearing I decided to check out the Web site of the League
of the South to see just what is said there that would cause such
an outburst of, well, hate from the SPLC and its starry-eyed admirers
like Congressman Clay, who bloviated about his "great respect"
for the SPLC.
Just what –
or who – is it that the League of the South hates so much that the
SPLC would use language that compares it to some kind of criminal
or terrorist organization? The answer to this question is easy to
discern, for the League of the South neither pulls its punches nor
hides its views on its Web site. What it hates the most is "the
American Empire." In its "Declaration of Southern Cultural
Independence," addressed "To Spineless Politicians,"
the League urges "all Southerners to abjure the realm of the
American Empire that now threatens the liberties of our families
and communities." In other words, they agree with the great
late nineteenth/early twentieth century libertarian sociologist
from Yale University, William Graham Sumner, that the transformation
of America from a constitutional republic devoted to protecting
liberty to an empire has been a disaster. Sumner stated his views
in a famous essay entitled "The Conquest of the United States
by Spain" in which he argued that the U.S. became like Spain
– or more precisely, like the Spanish Empire – after the
Spanish-American War. Sumner understood the ancient truth that the
primary role for average citizens in an empire was to serve as tax
slaves and cannon fodder for the ruling class. So do the people
at the League of the South, judging by the writings on its Web site.
of the South is led by cultural conservatives, many of whom are
Southern Baptists. Not surprisingly, its "Declaration"
also denounces "the corrupt and sterile national culture"
which is "violent and profane, coarse and rude, cynical and
deviant" and "repugnant to . . . every people with authentic
Christian sensibilities." The League announces its hatred of
"profanity and obscenity in the arts and literature" and
calls for a return to "our" cultural inheritance of "the
permanent things that order and sustain life: faith, family, tradition,
community, and private property; loyalty, courage, and honour."
The League’s Declaration also expresses a certain hatred for "an
overbearing government that acknowledges no limits to its power."
Such declarations go a long way toward explaining the ultra-leftist
SPLC’s hatred of this organization and anyone associated with it
in any capacity.
On the League’s
Web site is a "Statement to the Rest of the World" on
"What the Traditional South Wants and Doesn’t Want." The
listing of "What We Don’t Want" appears to be a good gauge
of what exactly it is that the League of the South really
hates. Their list of "What We Don’t Want" consists
war for perpetual peace and "more Southern blood [shed] for
the advancement of the American empire.
- To rule
- To engage
in unfair trade practices . . . through the establishment of protective
- To extend
"most favored nation" status to any country.
- To force
"the Southern way" on any people anywhere.
- To continue
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq or to go to war with Iran.
- To go to
war against any nation except in self defense.
- To continue
outsourcing Southern jobs to other countries . . .
- To continue
to live in a "godless, multicultural American Empire."
keep in mind, is a synonym for "political correctness"
and all of its absurdities and tyrannies.
When it comes
to political parties the League of the South is a bipartisan "hate
group" that hates the Democratic Party as much as the Republican
Party. Its blog, "Living Well is the Best Revenge," proclaims
that the Republicans’ claim that they are "getting down to
business" now that the 2010 election is over means "offering
just enough opposition to leftism/socialism to fool the people into
thinking that there is actually a dime’s worth of difference between
the two Establishment parties."
of the South announces on its Web site that it has no animosity
toward any race, ethnicity, or religion and invites Southern blacks
to join its ranks. It also echoes the views of Murray Rothbard when
it calls the U.S. government "an organized criminal enterprise"
for its "utter abandonment" of the Constitution. Its hate
is directed primarily at an out-of-control federal government that
is no longer constrained by anything, let alone the Constitution.
(Not that we need further evidence that there are no limits to government
in the minds of the ruling class, but Michelle Obama recently made
the case that the "free" governmental distribution of
breast pumps to new mothers was a constitutional function of government).
of the postings on the League of the South Web site has clarified
in my mind what the real purpose of the Southern Poverty Law Center
(which does not practice poverty law, by the way) is: to defame,
libel, smear, and slander any and all Jeffersonian critics of the
highly centralized, dictatorial, welfare/warfare state empire that
so many Americans slave under today. They are self-appointed overseers
of the D.C. tax-slave plantation and sworn enemies of free speech.
It would be
politically risky for Congress to attempt to pass another Sedition
Act to outlaw free speech, but congress critters like William Lacy
Clay are more than happy to be assisted by the SPLC with its persistent
attacks on speech that is critical of Big Government, all under
the phony guise of "fighting hate."
If Thomas Jefferson
were alive today and repeating his speeches about how the tree of
liberty must be drenched in the blood of patriots and tyrants; how
a revolution every twenty years or so is a healthful medicine for
a free society; or how secession should be welcomed and all secessionists
treated as "our children," Americans one and all, he would
most certainly be on the top of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s
list of haters and "hate group" instigators.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamilton’s
Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
– And What It Means for America Today.
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